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The SATIPS Challenge

The SATIPS Challenge

The SATIPS Challenge is our annual general knowledge quiz, open to entries from all SATIPS member schools.

The 2020 Challenge proved hugely popular, with 31 schools entering the Senior Challenge and 49 schools with entries in the Junior section – totalling more than 2,300 pupils.

Many congratulations to all those who took part. In particular, a big well done to the senior winner Harry Calcraft (Westminster Under School) and to the junior winner Sam Salwan (St. George’s Weybridge). The top 50 pupils in each section were awarded Amazon vouchers.

This year’s Challenge will involve one paper for U11s (Year 6 and below) and one for U13s (Years 7 & 8). Papers will be sent out electronically, printed in schools, then sent off to be marked. Papers should be sat in 30 minutes.

The link to register is https://forms.gle/Em1wvE6cW9zeRdLA6

The entry cost will remain the same as last year, with discounts for schools looking to enter larger numbers.

For schools entering (in total)
0-20 pupils, it will be £3 per entry
21-50 pupils, it will be £2.50 per entry
51-99 pupils it will be £2.25 per entry
100-149 pupils it will be £2 per entry
>150 pupils it will be £1.50 per entry

Entries will be accepted until the end of term. For further information please contact satipschallengeinfo@gmail.com

General Knowledge Quiz (The Challenge)

Many congratulations to all those who took part in the SATIPS challenge 2019 and especially to the senior winner, Rory Hayes (Aldwickbury) and to the junior joint winners Harry Calcraft (Westminster Under School) and Charlie Image (Magdallen College School). There were 35 schools entered in the Senior Challenge and 50 schools entered in the Junior section; over 2400 pupils took part.

Entries for the 2020 SATIPS Challenge are now open! The 2020 competition will take place during the last week in January. Schools may chose any day from the 27th of January until the 1st of February on which to complete the challenge.

Papers will be emailed out on Thursday the 24th of January. To register please fill in the form using the following hyperlink here – https://forms.gle/Uv5C4gzM9KDvLpGD7

Satips Handwriting Competition

The deadline for the popular Satips National Handwriting Competition is now July 1st, 2021, to allow as many schools to enter as wish to.

The competition is open to all Prep, Junior and Primary Schools, with the winning school receiving the Nexus Shield, sponsored by the school stationery group. Individual winners and runners up also receive appropriate prizes and all entrants receive a certificate.

The report of the 2020 competition by our chief judge, Amanda McLeod, is published in the Autumn 2020 edition of Prep School Magazine, available online, and contains excellent advice for teachers.

We send out full information on how to enter to schools, but please do not hesitate to contact Paul Jackson, Director of Education on education@satips.org for more information.

Entries close on July  1st 2021 and successful schools will be notified by 5pm on Monday 9th August 2021

SATIPS Art Exhibition

During the summer term SATIPS member schools showcased their talented young artists’ work at the SATIPS National Prep Schools’ Art Exhibition held for the second year running at Bromsgrove School.

Open to pupils from Reception to Year 8, the exhibition was an opportunity for each member school to display up to eight pieces of their pupils’ artwork. Bromsgrove was delighted that fifty-one member schools sent artwork for display. The standard of work was incredibly high and the artwork ranged from individual masterpieces, to 2D and 3D work and collaborative pieces.

The Exhibition was launched on Saturday 27th April, with a private view event for Head Teachers and Art Teachers, and on Sunday 28th April for artists and their families. The Exhibition was then open for school visits from Monday 29th April to Friday 10th May. Many participating schools bought groups to the visit the exhibition and take part in artist workshops with visiting artist Mark Lippett. During visits art teachers encouraged their pupils to record artworks that captured their imagination in their sketchbooks and talk about what they found inspirational in front of their classmates.

Bromsgrove School have thoroughly enjoyed hosting the SATIPS National Prep Schools’ Art Exhibition in 2018 and 2019. Next year the exhibition will move to The Royal Masonic School for Girls.

Entry details will be sent to schools in due course, but in the meantime for further information please contact Alayne Parsley on A.Parsley@cheltenhamcollege.org or via the website www.cheltenhamcollege.org/SATIPS.

SATIPS Art Exhibition 2020

The Royal Masonic School, Rickmansworth  April 25th – 28th.

This is an ideal opportunity for member schools to exhibit up to eight pieces of pupils’ work selected from Years 3-8. The art will be on show in Cadogan House for different groups from 25th to 28th April 2020.

The exhibition will be officially opened in a private view event for Headteachers and Heads of Art on Saturday 25th April, followed by a private viewing day for the artists and their families on Sunday 26th April 10am until 4pm. The exhibition is then open for school visits on Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th April 2020.

SATIPS member prep schools that are interested in exhibiting should complete the form available here: https://www.rmsforgirls.org.uk/1854/about-us/forthcoming-events/satips-art-2020

SATIPS Poetry Competition 2020

Judged by Wendy Cope OBE

The competition aims to complement and support the excellent teaching of poetry that goes on within the regular curriculum and it is a chance for you and your pupils to be rewarded for work that you are already doing. We hope to produce an anthology of the winning poems in due course.

The competition is open to all SATIPS member schools. Teachers are free to use any subject, theme or style which is appropriate. This year, Wendy Cope OBE will be our judge, and she has kindly offered for some of her poems to be used as stimulus for ideas. These are available on the download document. Wendy worked for 14 years as a primary school teacher before going freelance after the publication of her first book, Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis. Her work has won awards on both sides of the Atlantic and in 2010 she was appointed OBE for services to literature.  Her fifth collection of poems, Anecdotal Evidence appeared in 2018.

There will be three age categories: Years 3&4, Years 5&6 and Years 7&8.  and the poems should be no longer than 30 lines.  Poems should be on one side of A4 paper with the title and year group written clearly on the front. Pupils should write their name and the name of their school on the reverse with each school allowed a total of 30 entries.

The entry fee is £1 per poem or £25 for a school entry of no more than 30 poems, and please use the Entry Form which must be completed and included with submissions. Prizes will be awarded for each age group and there is a magnificent cup for the best school entry overall!

The deadline for entries is Monday 4th May 2020.  All submissions received after this date will not be considered.

Our thanks to Mr Stephen Davies of Bryanston School who is the SATIPS Poetry Competition Organiser





This annual ski competition is for SATIPS schools only and is held in May at the Hemel Hempstead Snow Centre www.thesnowcentre.com

Teams of 4 compete both at under 11 and under 14 age groups.

Further details from the organiser, Gillian Gilyead on 01582 833582 and gilliangilyead@aol.com

The annual arrival of enthusiastic skiers from Satips member schools took place on 13 May and provided the usual mix of excitement, triumph and disappointment – in other words a normal school sporting occasion.The Under 11 Boys started the day as usual. This is now the largest group, as many more senior schools are admitting boys at Year 7. The high standard of racing achieved by these young boys is the result of a lot of time and effort and the session was a very competitive one.

The Under 14 Boys came next – not so many schools in this section but as some of the more traditional prep. schools were able to enter two teams the competition was still strong, with many of the older boys showing great skill.

The afternoon session for the both girls’ age groups had a strong entry in the Under 11 section, to be expected as this is the traditional age of transfer for many, but it was pleasing to have more Under 14 girls this year – again perhaps an indication of a changing school scene.

We were delighted to welcome two representatives of ibt, the sponsor of the event, to assist in the Prizegivings alongside Stephen Coverdale, the Satips Finance Director. All expressed enthusiasm for the day and appreciation of the efforts of all the competitors. This has always been very friendly event as well as a very hard fought one and it is hoped that the 2019 cohort enjoyed the whole experience – a Monday out of school cannot be a bad thing whatever the result!



Lockers Park


Danes HIll


Witham Hall
Witham Hall B


Abbot’s Hill Prep.
Beechwood Park


Benedict Godley
George Wilson
Lucas Osman


Grant Messinger
Luka Bailey Bain
(Danes Hill)
Luca Jovanovich
(Danes Hill)


Maddie Bryars
(Witham Hall)
Betsy Walker
(St. Hugh’s)
Josie Turner
(Witham Hall)


Ava Bagshaw
(Danes Hill)
Amelie Booth
(Chesham Prep.)
Jemima Connold
(Abbot’s Hill Prep.)