Former Grange student, Dan Bruce, has been making a name for himself in the USA as a star of the university soccer scene.
Dan was recently named in the C-USA (the highest level of university soccer) team of the year playing for Charlotte 49ers. A skilful attacking player with an eye for goal, Dan is now captain of his university team.
After completing his A levels at The Grange, Dan left to take up a football scholarship at the University of North Carolina and things have evidently been going well! Whilst a pupil of The Grange, Dan played for the England School Boys FA team winning the Centenary Shield and was top goal scorer for three years running for the Independent English Schools FA team.
Will Broderick, 25, a past pupil and rugby coach at The Grange has been selected as a member of the Brazilian National Rugby Squad that is currently on a three-week tour of Europe, playing Germany, Belgium and Spain.
Will has been coaching and playing rugby in Brazil since August 2013. He was selected for the National Academy two years ago. A serious hip operation in September 2016 put his hopes of making the squad on hold. However, after 12 months of determined effort he now has his place in the touring squad. He plays for Sao Paulo Saracens Bandierantes and continues to coach a successful Women’s 7s team, and a local university team, as well training with the national squad.
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Former Grange School student, Tom Ford, was part of a Men’s Eight crew that secured the Silver medal position following an exciting race at the World Rowing Championships in Belgrade in March.
Making his debut for the Senior GB rowing squad, Tom was in the stroke seat at the front of the boat. From there, he dictated the stroke rate and drove the crew off to a blistering start. At the 500m mark, three crews were neck and neck in the medal positions before the British started to ease into the lead. They maintained their slender advantage for most of the rest of the race but were just unable to hold off a late charge from the crew from the Netherlands.
It was a performance full of promise for Tom and the GB crew who are at the start of the Olympic cycle, the only slight disappointment being that they had come out on top in an exhibition race against the same three crews a day previously.
“We are so proud of Tom’s achievements. He started his journey in our Junior School, took his opportunity in the Senior School, continued his passion at University and was rewarded today,” said The Grange School’s Head of Rowing, Graham Jump.
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Sixth Form students got the lowdown on life at Oxbridge recently as two Grange alumni, now studying at Cambridge, and several Grange staff, who also studied at the hallowed institutions, gave the benefit of their experiences during an event in January.
Two former students Tom Roe (Vet. Science, Cambridge) and Sam Williams (Philosophy, Cambridge) returned to school to talk about their experiences with current Lower Sixth students who are considering making Oxbridge applications. They were joined by members of staff who attended the Universities of either Oxford or Cambridge in a lunchtime meeting to allow students to find out what life at these universities is really like. Tom and Sam discussed how their expectations of life at the Universities have compared well with the reality and gave the Lower Sixth students an insight into the wider life of the universities.
Students also took the opportunity to mine the experiences of the many Oxbridge alumni currently on the school’s teaching staff with discussions about the Oxbridge tutorial/supervision system, the relationship of students to their college, and the nightlife.
“It was a chance to get an honest view through the myths and a welcome chance to ask the basic questions that I thought everyone else knew,” said Lower Sixth student, Conor Holland.
The Duke of Edinburgh programme at The Grange continues to go from strength to strength with a huge number of the school’s recent alumni receiving the scheme’s top award.
A staggering 25 pupils have either recently received their Gold Award or will shortly do so. Ten Grange participants made the trip to St. James’ Palace in September, with six more due to go in December and nine awaiting their invitations.
The September group included former student Millie Hawes who worked her way through the scheme despite having muscular dystrophy and being confined to a wheelchair. They enjoyed a wonderful afternoon at the palace and received their Gold Awards from his Royal Highness, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex.
In June Mr Jeffery and Mrs Broderick were invited to Buckingham Palace as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. A further two Grange participants were presented with their Gold Award at that time and the school received a plaque in recognition of its position as a Licenced D of E Centre – a major accolade for the school.