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On Saturday, 14th May, fathers and sons from Years 4 and 5 at Papplewick School in Ascot all met up in the grounds of the school for the annual Fathers and Sons Campout.

After putting up their tents in the afternoon, they had a fathers and sons football match followed by a barbecue and games into the evening, when they all sat round the campfire and sang songs.

“This is a hugely popular event for dads and their sons every year, and while most braved the freezing overnight temperatures stoically, two nameless dads went for the luxury option by bringing in a camper van to sleep in!” said Tom Bunbury, Headmaster.

 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 22 awards to top independent schools, including a King’s Scholarship 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 recent (2013) report by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) 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.’