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Winter Concert

December 20th, 2019

On the last Thursday of term, Music School brought the autumn term to a close with their annual Winter Concert.

Twelve music ensembles performed over the course of the evening, playing a wide variety of genres to an audience comprising of students, staff, parents and friends of the School. The concert, opened with Partido Alto by Samba Band, was compered by the students.

The audience heard a jam session by the Jazz Band, Schubert’s Marche Militaire performed as a piano duet by Giannis in Year 13 and Ms Wild, Purcell’s Rondeau from Abdelazar by the strings ensemble and Jones’s Soul Bossa Nova by the brass ensemble and Samba Band.

There were several vocal performances from two of the four School choirs including Riu Riu Chiu sung in medieval Spanish and Lilly Allen’s Somewhere Only We Know.

Performances from the School bands, Hair, FretWrx and House Band, showcased both vocal and instrumental skills of their members.

The concert concluded with an orchestra’s performance of Mars from The Planets by Holst and A Christmas Festival by Anderson.


Orchestra performing A Christmas Festival


The 4th round of the National Cup saw a repeat of the 2018/19 Islington & Camden Cup Final as Central Foundation took on St Mary Magdalene Academy. The game started at a frantic pace with neither side getting a foot hold in the game. In tough weather conditions, it was Central Foundation who took the early lead. After a fine midfield exchange between Jordan and Teddy, Marley swept the ball out wide to Charlie who drove past 3 players scoring a goal. A fantastic finish from a student that has progressed phenomenally since Year 7. A period of control from Central Foundation followed the goal but it was St Mary Magdalene Academy who scored next (SMMA 1-2 CFBS at half time).

‘More of the same‘ was the message at half time and within 5 minutes of the second half, Marley got his second goal of the game to stretch our lead. A wonderful free kick that went up and over the wall leaving the goalkeeper with no chance. Ten minutes later and it was 1-4 to Central Foundation, a wonderful free kick to the back post from Teddy, was squared by Jahnyah and kicked in by Charlie, for his second goal of the game. An incredible score line which reflected a fantastic performance. St Mary Magdalene Academy scored another goal with a free kick late on, but Central Foundation managed to hold on to march into the last 64 of the National Cup.

Well done to all students involved who represented the school fantastically. Marley was voted ‘Man of the Match’ after his 2 goals secured the win.




Financial capability is a key life skill and as a school we recognise the importance of all young people having the ability, knowledge and confidence to manage their money well, now and in the future. In light of this, we are pleased to announce that Central Foundation Boys’ School are working towards becoming a Centre of Excellence for financial education. We are working in partnership with Young Money to achieve this within the next school year and then to maintain and share good practice. The school has been able to secure this programme thanks to its partnership with Allianz Global Investors, who have supported the school in a number of ways, including work experience and internships and now with an investment to make the school a Centre of Excellence.

We believe that regardless of background or income level, financially informed young adults are better able to take control of their circumstances, improve their quality of life, and ensure a stable future for themselves and their families. We, therefore, intend to provide our students with a programme of financial education to equip them with the confidence and competence to manage their money well. Our vision is to inspire educated financial decision making for our students – now and into their future.

Financial education for our pupils will mean that in addition to learning how to manage their money, they will also learn how to become critical consumers. They will consider the risks and emotions associated with money and understand the important role that money plays in our lives.

The school will be delivering this financial education through its curriculum from Year 7 to Year 13.



Founder’s Day

December 9th, 2019

As is tradition, Founder’s Day took place on the last Friday in November in order to celebrate the School’s founder, William Rogers, and to commend our students’ successes in the last academic year. The ceremony opened with a performance by the brass ensemble of Fanfare by

Mr Brownhill, the Headteacher, addressed the school community gathered in the hall by referring to the School’s founding principles, focusing on the legacy of Edward Alleyn. Mr Gurney, the Chair of Governors, spoke about the work of the Governing Body while George, the School Captain, made remarks about his life at the School and the opportunities he has been offered to grow as a learner and an individual. In between the speeches, the strings orchestra performed Rondo from Abdelazer by Purcell.

Prizes were awarded to students in Year 13 and 11 who made the highest achievement and the most progress. The pupils who have the highest achievement and most progress across each Year group also received scholarship awards, as did the highest achiever in vocational subjects and STEM subjects. Special prizes were also given to those pupils who excelled in extra-curricular activities such as debating, music, sport, acting and art.

In line with the School’s tradition, one of Central Foundation’s alumni was invited to be a guest speaker at the ceremony. This year’s guest speaker was Idris Debrand.

After awarding prizes, Mr Debrand delivered his speech in which he recalled his time at the school and sought to inspire the students to pursue their dreams. Mr Debrand stressed the importance of hard work and perseverance in order to achieve one’s goals.

Idris Debrand (formally known as Idris Sobande) is an Actor and Motivational Speaker. Mr Debrand attended Central Foundation Boys’ School from 2006-2011, before moving on to study sixth form courses of Business, Film and Drama & Theatre Studies. He then attended the University of Hertfordshire where he obtained a BA (Hons) degree in Business Studies.

Mr Debrand also trained as an Actor at the Young Actors Theatre in Islington and Identity Drama School. He is now represented by one of the UK’s leading Talent Agencies, ‘United Agents’, home to Tom Hardy, Kate Winslet and many more.

Some of Mr Debrand’s acting credits include BBC’s ’MotherFatherSon’ with Richard Gere and Helen McCrory , ’Holby City’, ‘Informer’, the BBC Radio 4 Drama Oliver Twist, and will star in the upcoming feature film ‘Kat & The Band’ released next year (2020).

The ceremony ended with a performance by the brass ensemble and the samba band of Soul Bossa Nova by Quincy Jones.

Remembrance Day

December 8th, 2019

On Monday 11th November, Central Foundation marked the 101st anniversary of Armistice Day with a whole school Remembrance Day assembly.

The assembly saw an address from the Headteacher, explaining the significance of Remembrance Day and the sacrifice of those who fought in the wars. Mr Brownhill mentioned the fact that the first two-minute silence in Britain was held a hundred years ago, on 11 November 1919, when King George V asked the public to observe a silence at 11am.

The Headteacher’s address was followed by a reading from Yacoub in Year 13 of the Gift of India by Sarojini Naidu.

Remembrance Day Assembly

The Chamber Choir sang Only Remembered and the strings ensemble performed Ashokan Farewell.

The two minutes’ silence commenced with an extract from The Fallen by Lawrence Binyon read out by George, a Year 7 student. After this, Tommy, from Year 11, played The Last Post to begin the silence. During the two minutes’ silence, which commenced at 11am, two wreaths were laid at the school’s War Memorial, which displays the names of all former pupils who lost their lives in the First and Second World War.

One wreath was laid on behalf of the Old Cowperians by Mr Paxi-Cato and Mr Santos. The other wreath was laid on behalf of students and staff by George Petters, the School Captain, and Ms Harrison.

The ceremony finished with a reading of an inscription from the Kohima Memorial:

‘When You Go Home, Tell Them Of Us And Say,

For Their Tomorrow, We Gave Our Today”.


First and Second World War Memorial