On Monday, April 29th, Year 4 boys from Papplewick  School, Ascot, signed up to the Roman Army and started their training at Fishbourne Palace, near Chichester in West Sussex.

The new recruits have two years of training ahead of them and are required to commit to the Army for 25 years. They will be paid one sestertius (an ancient silver Roman coin) per day, and they are only able to leave if they lose a limb.

The boys’ initial drill required them to march in formation and to charge. They tasted a typical Roman meal of bread, cheese, olives, pickled carrots and dried apple, and learned to write their names in Latin.

 Headmaster Tom Bunbury said: “The boys always enjoy this visit; it really brings Roman culture to life.”

 Fishbourne is the site of an excavated Roman Palace, with remains of incredible mosaic floors, ruins of the Palace's baths and beautiful gardens

About Papplewick...

NEXT OPEN MORNING - SATURDAY 23rd November 2019 - 9 a.m. finishing 11 a.m.

Papplewick School, Ascot,  About Papplewick....  ....

 Papplewick is a day, weekly, and full boarding preparatory school for around 200 boys between the ages of 6 and 13. Situated in 15 acres of land opposite Ascot Racecourse in Berkshire, Papplewick has an excellent record for academic achievement and feeds many of the UK’s top independent senior schools including Eton, Harrow, Winchester, Wellington, Stowe and Bradfield.  

In the last two years the school has maintained its academic record, gaining no less than 26 awards to top independent schools, including three King’s Scholarships to Eton. Through its strong commitment to sports, the school also builds skills of teamwork, sportsmanship and responsibility.

As well as academic, sporting and cultural excellence, Papplewick aims to provide boys with the confidence and security they need to fulfil their potential, and the school strives to promote enthusiasm for life, contribution to the community and kindness to others amongst all its pupils. 

A report by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) in 2013 remarks that relationships between pupils and teachers: ‘are an outstanding strength of the school and are seminal in creating the strong sense of a mutually supportive and trusting community.’

Please note the entrance to Papplewick is on A332 which is different from SATNAV instructions.

(Daily transport services running from Chiswick, Brook Green, Gloucester Rd, and Maidenhead).