News Archive

Autumn 2012

A Record-breaking Year

Ben Glassberg seen here conducting the London Youth Symphony Orchestra. Ben will be going to Girton College, Cambridge, with a Choral Award.

Our Oxbridge results are the best for 20 years and AS and GCSE results were the most successful ever, with 60% of GCSEs graded A*/A. At A Level, the high proportion of A* grades has been maintained with over 15% of entries being awarded this elite grade, twice the national average. 42% of entries were graded A* or A. We are particularly delighted that six of this year’s Oxbridge candidates have secured their places. Ben Glassberg, who will be going to Girton College, Cambridge, to study music said “It’s a dream come true for me and I owe huge thanks to Mill Hill for helping me make that dream become a reality. It’s also great hear of our other Oxbridge successes.”

Those starting at Oxbridge next term are:

  • Toby Cohen (New College, Oxford, studying Chemistry)
  • Mark Mindel (Ruskin College, Oxford, studying Fine Art)
  • Max Chamberlain (Herford College, Oxford, studying Philosophy and Computing)
  • Klaus Wang (Peterhouse College, Cambridge, studying Mathematics)
  • Candice Zhang (Homerton College, Cambridge, studying Natural Sciences)
  • Ben Glassberg (Girton College, Cambridge, studying Music (Choral Scholar)
Christos Charalambous, seen here after his charity run, is going to study Economics at UCL.

A quarter of this year’s cohort achieved three A*/A grades or better. Particularly notable was Christos Charalambous who achieved five A* grades.

Our AS results were the best on record with 60% of papers being awarded one of the top two grades. Almost a quarter of the cohort achieved three A grades or better. Among the highest performing individual candidates were Jinxi Chen with 300/300 UMS in Further Maths, and Georgina Cotton, Henry Goode and David Somper all scoring 200/200 UMS in Art. Emily Warnakulasuriya and Peter Karamani achieved 200/200 UMS in French and Politics respectively.

Other notable AS results include Shi Ying Qu and Aigul Artykbaeva achieving five A grade standards and Charley Jacobs achieving four A grade standards and one B grade standard.

The following pupils achieved also achieved four A grade standards:

  • Ellie Davis
  • Emily Dean
  • Peter Karamani
  • Benedict Kearns
  • Naomi Kendal
  • Jiaze Li
  • Zeran Li
  • Vivian Liang
  • Jessica Loizou
  • Emily Warnakulasuriya
  • Mengyue Zhao

In GCSE, over 60% of exams were graded A*/A and well over half of the year group were awarded 6 A*/A grades or better.

Gaby Kleimberg delighted that she is off to study Sports Sciences at University of Bath.
Nicole Tan, Senior Boarding Monitor, is to study Mathematics with Economics at LSE.
Callum Thomas spreads the news that he is going to Sussex to read History and Politics.

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Wimbledon Visit

Following the inaugural Tim Phillips Shield Tennis Competition run in October on Foundation Open Morning, OM Mr Phillips, CBE and former Chairman of Wimbledon very kindly invited two senior Millhillians to visit the All England Club. It was appropriate therefore for Sixth Former, Henry Goode (Winner of the Senior Shield) and Fifth Former, Su Mae Chua (best girl who competed in the Senior Shield) to attend the day. In the report below Henry describes his unforgettable experiences.

“Having an opportunity to explore Wimbledon without the crowds was a truly memorable experience. We started by entering through the prestigious entrance hall to Centre Court. Looking at the Champions Trophies and walking out behind Centre Court gave us a real sense of perspective you have as a player.

“We then went up onto the terrace and looked down on the fields of grass courts outside the main Centre Court stadium. From here we walked through a set of doors into the Royal Box where we overlooked the Centre Court, the home of many champions over the years. It was here that Mr Phillips presented me with the Tim Phillips Shield which I won back at Mill Hill in October.

“We were guided down the players’ walkway to the Gentlemans’ Changing Rooms where I was shown the lockers of Federer, Nadal and Murray. After getting changed in the same location as countless professionals, we proceeded to one of the outer courts to play. Tossing the ball up to serve and seeing the iconic Centre Court back drop glowing in the sunlight is perhaps the greatest memory I will take from this day.”

Henry Goode (Upper Sixth Form)

Click here to read Su Mae's report on the day.

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Geography Field Trips


Over the October half term 21 Sixth Form Geographers travelled to Morocco in the first of what is hoped will be a biannual major overseas tour for Sixth Form pupils. The group arrived in Marrakech before spending the first two days travelling along the windy roads that pass through the stunning High Atlas Mountains and over the Tizi n’Tichka pass. Their final destination was Mhamid from where they set out on a three day trek in to the Sahara Desert. Supported by a group of camels and a highly dedicated team of Moroccans they walked during the day, taking shade under tamarisk trees found there. At night they set up camp and slept in tents beneath the stars. The trek took them over dunes up to 40ft in height and across open desert plains. Day three proved highly eventful as they were exposed to 40 degree heat and a powerful sandstorm that reduced visibility to 10 feet before being finally drenched in a desert thunderstorm. On their return they visited the UNESCO world heritage site of Ait Ben Haddou before returning to Marrakech to explore the colourful and vibrant souks.

‘We returned to England with a sense of triumph having shared some amazing moments….the experience was irreplaceable and unforgettable’
(Lower Sixth Geographer)

Yorkshire Dales

The Geography department returned from Morocco to lead what has become a highly successful annual trip to The Yorkshire Dales with their Lower Sixth cohort. Aiming to help prepare the pupils for the Unit 2: Geographical Skills module, this residential field trip allows the whole year to experience field work amongst some of Britain's most stunning scenery. The pupils were exceptional and highly engaged as they gathered the necessary data from The Kingsdale Beck that they will go on to use in their project. On the Tuesday they were lucky enough to be able to visit the incredible sight that is Malham Cove with its impressive limestone pavement featuring clints and grykes. Many of our pupils had been lucky enough to experience the full 'Marrakech to Malham' experience over the half term period and whilst the weather may not have been quite as warm, the Yorkshire scenery was equally stunning in the morning sunlight.

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Hot Topics

Nearly half of the Fourth Form turned out to see this year’s first Hot Topics presentation.

The motion was “This house believes that Iran has the right to be a nuclear power”.

Speaking for the motion were Ali Saadat and Adnan Rahman. The motion was opposed by Matthew Thal and Sam Chadwick.

The audience were treated to very high levels of debating skills. Particularly passionate was Ali who was a forceful presence on the floor. Matthew and Sam were thoughtful and exceptionally well prepared opponents and Adnan’s somewhat understated style perfectly complemented his team-mates.

There were some excellent questions from the floor and when it came time to vote, the opponents won by the narrowest of margins. This was perhaps the most impressive Hot Topics presentation to date particularly because of the excellent preparation and depth of knowledge displayed by both teams.

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Remembrance Day 2012

2nd Lt. Noel Bishop who died aged just 18. He was the youngest OM to die in the war.

On 9th November, the School community gathered together in the traditional Act of Remembrance in front of the Gate of Honour. Wreaths were placed by the Headmaster, Acting Chair of Governors, Dr Roger Chapman, President of the Old Millhillians Club, Mr Andy Mortimer, and representing the CCF, the Senior Cadet, Thomas Morgan.

Once the School community had processed through the Gate of Honour, Sixth Formers and guests moved on to a service in the Chapel conducted by Dr Warden. Removes and Fifth Formers went to The Large where there was a presentation by Mr McDonough. Fourth Formers were in the Patrick Troughton Theatre where they were addressed by Miss Duncan.

The event was filmed by the University of Westminster Film Unit as part of a project dealing with British Autumn Traditions.

On 11th November, the Sunday Telegraph featured a three page article dealing Great War fatality, Captain Alex Todd, the first rugby international to die in the Great War.

Also on 11th, Petty Officers Charley Jacobs, Ellie Davis and Melissa Levy represented the CCF at the dedication of the new war memorial in Belmont Chapel. Whilst the girls were at Belmont, the Corps of Drums lead the Borough commemorations in a march past in Barnet.

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Lecture Series 2012-13

This term’s first three lectures have been presented to packed audiences. Edward Griffiths’ polished presentation dealing with the future of British rugby was enthusiastically received by pupils largely from games and business education departments. A bonus on the evening was the announcement that Saracen’s new home ground, The Allianz Stadium, will be opened in January with a match not by Saracens but involving our 1st XV. The second lecture, Eve Henrikson's look at the future of retailing, was similarly informative, entertaining and beautifully presented. At the end of the lecture, following an audience Q&A session, Ted Baker goodie bags were distributed to lucky members of the audience. A number of pupils are due to start work experience with Ted Baker as a result of this lecture.

The third lecture was presented by Professor Derek Yellon. It was the first of two Francis Crick Lectures this year and was delivered to an audience consisting of many pupils interested in a career in medicine and parents who are already in the medical profession. Derek was presented with a copy of Dr Matt Ridley’s biography of Crick and is fitting that the next Crick Lecture will be presented by Dr Ridley himself (28th November 2012).

In addition to Dr Ridley’s lecture on 28th November, this year’s Richard Dimbleby Address will be delivered by Myriam Francois-Cerrah who will be discussing ‘Faith in the Modern World’.

To book complementary tickets for either of these lectures please contact Karen Willetts.

Further information on all our lectures can be found here.

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Sporting Achievements

Success in golf, rugby and netball has delivered an exciting start to the sporting year.


Mrs Rees and Priya Pankhania Aston Lester U15 netball team

The fourth Mill Hill Golf Championships for the Taylor Salver took place at Hendon Golf Club on Wednesday 17th October 2012. It was a great day for the London Golf Academy with 16 of the best golfers at the School competing on this occasion.

Nick Marlborough (Murray) won the Junior Prize, Rishi Khiroya (School) won the Nett prize with Tom Harley (Murray) runner up. The runner up in the main trophy was Sam Sherwood (Atkinson) and the overall winner was Priya Pankhania (Priestley). Priya follows Chris Alexander, Charlie Layhani and Adam Rossington as the winner of the Taylor Salver which was presented to the School by the Maunder Taylor family. A presentation was made in the Clubhouse by international golfer, Mrs Jane Rees, who spoke about the positive future ahead for the London Golf Academy at Mill Hill School.

Director of Golf, Dean Halford, praised all the golfers on their efforts and their impeccable etiquette on the day and thanked Mr Barnes and Mr Searby for their help as well as Hendon Golf Club for their hospitality.


Congratulations go to Aston Lester (School) who has been accepted onto the EPDG (Elite Player Development Group) at Saracens. This could well lead to a place in the full academy so we look forward to hearing how he gets on in the coming months.

The Mill Hill U16A XV have had a successful first half of term only losing one game. Just recently, the team (along with the 1st XV) played at Old Albanians Rugby Club under floodlights winning 17-15 in a very closely fought match.


The U15 netball team recently competed in the Barnet District netball tournament. They played a number of different schools from the local area and we’re delighted to report that Mill Hill won the tournament. The girls’ performance throughout was fantastic, playing with confidence and supporting each other on court. A special mention has to go to Carlota Franques (McClure) and Yasmin Denli (Cedars), both Fourth Form pupils, who also participated and showed great potential.

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