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Following exceptional A level results last week, there was more pleasing news for St George’s School, Ascot this morning as Fifth Year (Year 11) pupils received their GCSE results.  50% of all examinations were graded A* and A, 83% were graded A*, A and B and 97% were graded A*-C. 

St George’s top performer this year was Lily Caines (16) from Maidenhead, who achieved 11A*s!  Lily, a keen Drama student has been awarded a 16+ Performing Arts Scholarship and also received the ‘Fifth Year Effort Prize’ at Prize Giving held in July. 

Other top performers include Marsha Ilina from Ascot and Antonina Kudryashova from Virginia Water, both of whom achieved 10A*s, 2As.  Classmate, Hannah Chahal from Ascot also attained an impressive record of high end grades with 9A*s, 1A.

Commenting on the impressive results, Headmistress, Rachel Owens said:  “Our reputation is built on consistency and I am delighted that St George’s has maintained another fantastic year of results!  St George’s girls are encouraged to work conscientiously and to the best of their ability and this, combined with inspirational teaching has delivered this excellent set of results.  We are particularly pleased with our value-added score this year, which shows that we continue to add significant uplift to our girls’ achievements.  I have every confidence that these girls will continue to thrive in the next chapter of their education”.

Read more: St.George's School Ascot | GCSE Results Delight !

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Charters School pupil and staff have achieved another excellent set of GCSE results this year despite the national decline in GCSE results.

245 students completed GCSEs.

Overall 78% achieved A*-C grades in English and Mathematics combined; Overall the school ‘Attainment 8’ fine grade was B-. ;Overall the school ‘Progress 8’ score was 0.43 – this was calculated using 2015 national data.

Co-headteachers Richard Pilgrim and Martyn Parker said: We are very pleased with these results as they provide a true reflection of the hard work of both students and staff. Against a backdrop of continual educational change we are delighted that 82.8% of all examination entries gained grades A*-C and 36.5% of entries were graded A*/A. This means that the pupils have given themselves the best opportunity for their future whether they join the sixth form or take up a college course or gain employment with training.

Charters student Connor Jackson said: “I am very pleased with my results and over-achieved, particularly in the Science subjects. The hard work was all worthwhile and I am grateful for the support of my teachers.”


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Essential gas main repair is ongoing in Sunninghill High Street. These pictures were taken on Saturday 13th August 2016, showing the new plastic pipe being inserted into the old 1920’s cast iron gas main. Progress is said to be good and the work may even be ahead of schedule - good news for the many excellent High Street shops and restaurants - all of which are open for business throughout this summer of works. A schedule of road closures can be seen below.

Project Engineer Phil Walden said: “Replacing the ageing gas mains with tough new pipes will help make sure people in Sunninghill keep on enjoying safe and reliable gas supplies for heating and cooking. He added: “By working in the school summer holidays when traffic is generally lighter and inserting the new pipes into the old mains wherever possible we should ensure disruption is kept to a minimum.”

Work started on Friday 15th July and is to last for seven weeks.  To enable the work to be carried out safely and efficiently temporary road closures will need to be implemented as follows:

 Second Phase Friday 5th August to Friday 19th August

Bowden Road to School Road.

Third Phase Friday 19th August to Friday 2nd September

School Road to Niven Court.

Information can also be found at    ROADWORKS MAP

Read more: Gas Mains Replacement Sunninghill High Street | July 15th - September 2nd

Girls at St George’s School in Ascot are celebrating  after achieving excellent A level results, with many individual students gaining outstanding grades as well as entrance to top Russell Group universities.

With 74% of all results graded A*/B, the girls and staff are justly proud of their fabulous achievements.

Top marks in the school go to Moe Kishima, who was awarded 3 A*s, 2As and an A grade in her Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).  Moe is thrilled to be accepting a place to read Medicine at University College London.   Other girls achieving stellar marks include Head Girl, Lottie Hughes who has not only led St George’s over the past year, providing an invaluable link between staff and students but has also achieved A*, A, A.  Other notable performers are Jade Agnew and Qianyi Deng who both achieved 2A*s, A.

Read more: St.George's School | Superb A Level Results 2016

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Ascot based Performing Arts School, NVSDD, has been awarded GOLD in the recent Dance School of the Year Competition. This years judges included Angela Rippon OBE, Anne Walker MBE and Jonathan Gray (Editor of the Dancing Times Magazine). Principal of the school, Natalie Shaw, said about the win, "We are absolutely thrilled to have been awarded a Gold trophy. The competition from other schools throughout the UK and Europe was extremely high and we were the only Dance School in Berkshire and West Surrey to reach the finals." In 2017 the school will be celebrating it's 25th anniversary and offers classes in RAD Ballet, Tap, Street Dance, Contemporary, Drama and Musical Theatre in a number of branches including Sunninghill, Bracknell, Warfield and Chertsey.

Natalie added "2015/2016 has been amazing for NVSDD Students  - they have performed in 14 separate shows/productions since November 2015, achieved incredible examination results and had huge success in competitions/auditions and vocational studies. I am so proud of everyone and would not only like to thank NVSDD Students and Parents for helping to raise nearly £2000 for charity this year, but to thank our wonderful teachers - talented, creative, professional and supportive!” 

Register now for Dance and Drama Classes from September, including NVSDD’s hugely popular Dance GCSE course (the only one in the Ascot area) - places are filling fast, so please contact for more details. 

Read more: Ascot Based Performing Arts School Wins Gold !

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STANLEY WALK BEGINS ITS TRANSFORMATION | Starting on Monday, August 1 2016, Stanley Walk will begin its transformation into the new stylish southern end of what will become Braccan Walk when The Lexicon opens next Spring.

For a period of 12 weeks, it will be necessary to erect scaffolding foundations along the length of the walk to enable work to commence on removing the old concrete slab canopy in readiness for the new modern eye-catching roof.

While the work is being carried out, it is very much business as usual for the retailers operating within Stanley Walk.

Simon Russian, Development Manager, for Legal and General on behalf of Bracknell Regeneration Partnership, said: "Although Stanley Walk will be an area undergoing transformation for this period, these works are essential to transform Stanley Walk into the stylish promenade that Braccan Walk will become.

Read more: Bracknell Town Centre Regeneration | August 2016

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Pictured: Specialist Midwife for Screening and Fetal Medicine, Angie Bowles

The maternity unit at St Peter’s Hospital is offering a new, non-invasive prenatal test, known as ‘SAFE’, to evaluate with remarkable accuracy whether a pregnancy is at risk of certain chromosomal conditions, such as Down’s syndrome.

Specialist Midwife for Screening and Fetal Medicine, Angie Bowles, explains: “All pregnant women are currently offered a ‘combined test’ between 10 and 14 weeks of pregnancy. This involves a blood test and measurement of the fluid at the back of the baby’s neck (nuchal translucency) during the dating ultrasound scan. The results of these are then combined to estimate the risk of the baby being born with Down’s, Edward’s or Patau’s syndrome. The vast majority of women will get a ‘lower risk’ result (meaning there is less than 1 in 150 chance of their baby having one of these conditions) and they can relax and not worry about it again.”

Read more: New SAFE Test for Pregnant Women Introduced at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospital

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Pictured: Boys from Papplewick’s Bibliomaniacs club meet their first book collector at the London Premier International Book Fair

 Papplewick School, Ascot | Bibliomaniacs, members of a Thursday afternoon activity in which boys investigate old books and prepare catalogues of books for sale, have recently been elected members of the Provincial Book Fairs Association, one of the most prestigious book selling organisations in the country.The boys are now officially the youngest professional booksellers in the world.

They were invited to take a stand at the London Premier International Book Fair at the ILEC Conference Centre, Earls Court in June. They took a selection of their stock, set up the stall, sold a pleasing number of books, and ran the whole day themselves.

Tom Bunbury, Headmaster of Papplewick, said: “Everyone, whether it was book collectors, more experienced book dealers or the staff at the conference centre was deeply impressed by the professionalism, politeness and enthusiasm of the boys.”


Read more: Papplewick’s Bibliomaniacs Become Youngest Booksellers in the World



Salmon Harvester Properties Ltd. (SHP) has let a 3,269 sq ft floor in its 2 Queen’s Square office building on Ascot Business Park.

A 10-year lease has been granted to Loyalty Angels Ltd who trade as Bink providing an app which automatically collects and displays loyalty card points and offers. The rent is £25 per sq ft.

Salmon Director Pat Mahoney said: “The rent achieved reflects the high quality of the space and its excellent location.  We now have only one more floor to let in 2 Queen’s Square to achieve full occupancy of that building.”

The modern grade A offices at Ascot Business Park are available to occupiers to rent or to purchase as income-producing investments. Sizes range from 1,667 sq ft up to 14,200sq ft.

Strutt & Parker and Campbell Gordon advised SHP with Loyalty Angels representing themselves.

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Pictured: House Captains with their Cheques and Miss Bee Tregoning - the House Co-ordinator

It has been another amazing year of fundraising for the House System at Charters School.

Each year, the New Year 7 students are allocated Houses which they stay in throughout their life at the school. Churchill, Armstrong, Pankhurst & Nightingale then compete against each other in House Competitions throughout the year, raising money for their chosen charities.

This year has been the most successful so far with over £16,000 raised for the following charities: Churchill Bulldogs supported Dogs For Good and raised £4078;  Armstrong Eagles supported Sebastian’s Action Trust and raised £5304;

Pankhurst Panthers supported The Jane Metson Foundation and raised £3488; Nightingale Knights supported Help For Heroes and raised £3578

Read more: Charters School | House Fundraising Reaches New Heights

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The Rotary Club of Ascot invited partners, families and friends to a fun Quiz Night at the Cheapside Village Hall on Saturday, 16th July 2016. The main aim was to raise funds for a Free Medical Camp that the Rotary Club of Ascot has been organising in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Jaffna in Vali, Northern Jaffna, Sri Lanka. The Medical Camp in Sri Lanka will give free basic treatment, Medicines and Health Checkups for Children and Adults in impoverished and war torn Jaffna.

The Quiz Night, which included a Fish and Chips Supper, turned out to be great fun and the event raised a total of £ 1,145 towards the Medical Camp in Sri Lanka. A big thank you to all those who used their time and talent to organise this event, to all helpers on the night, and of course to all those who attended, to make this event a financial success!



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 On Saturday, 2nd July, boys from Year 3 at Papplewick School, Ascot,  took part in a World War II Activity Day. The boys dressed up as soldiers, sailors, pilots, spies and evacuees. There was a prize for the best costume, which was awarded to two boys who dressed up as pilots and their aeroplanes; one was a Spitfire and the other a Messerschmitt 109.

The activities included code-breaking, singing songs such as 'Run, Rabbit, Run', learning how to speak in RAF slang such as 'Tally Ho!' and recognising Battle of Britain aeroplanes from their silhouettes. 


Read more: Papplewick Boys | World War II Activity Day

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Rotary Club Ascot stages successful Medical Camp in Sri Lanka | The Rotary Club of Ascot, in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Jaffna staged a successful free Medical Camp in Vali North, Jaffna, Sri Lanka. The Ascot Rotary Club has arranged for a team of 4 Doctors, 2 qualified Nurses and a Pharmacist to set up a one day Medical Camp on Sunday 17th July 2016, where the local population turned out by the Hundreds. The team had brought with them a large quantity of basic Medicines, such as Paracetamol, Antibiotics and Bandages etc. Minor injuries were being dealt with on the spot and plenty of Medicines were being dispensed, together with Milk Formulae for Women with Babies and small children. All of this was handed out free of charge, sponsored and financed by the Rotary Club of Ascot, and gratefully accepted by the local Members of the Public.

Due to the great success of this first Medical Camp, further Camps are being planned for later this year in different villages in war torn Sri Lanka. The Rotary Club of Ascot will be planning a number of fundraising events to finance the next such Medical Camp. For further information, contact

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On 18th and 19th July, Year 8 students at Charters School in Sunningdale were given the opportunity to perform in a Gamelan orchestra, using traditional Indonesian instruments.

All Students in Year 8, as part of the Music curriculum, were provided with the opportunity to listen to and perform music within the orchestra - mostly made up of gongs, chimes, and metallophones. The instruments are played sitting on the floor, and it is respectful to remove shoes before starting to play.

Mike Simpson, Musical Director at Inspire Works delivered a two day workshop to the Year 8 pupils using the Gamelan Orchestra instruments, teaching them the basics of the Indonesian music.

Year 8 pupil James Finch said, “It was fun playing the instruments and very interesting hearing about the Indonesian traditions.”

Read more: Charters Pupils Perform in Gamelan Orchestra

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 On Wednesday 13th July,  2016, Charters School held its Annual Celebration of Achievement Evening.

This event celebrated the progress and achievements of students during the current academic year.  Prizes, cups and special awards for both academic achievement and effort were awarded by Ms Ellie Wallace, Chair of Governors.  Also in attendance were Co-Headteachers, Mr Martyn Parker and Mr Richard Pilgrim, along with parents, teachers and governors.

Read more: Charters School Celebration of Achievement Evening | July 2016

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On Tuesday 12th July, over a hundred Charters students competed for the school at the RBWM Athletics District Championship held at the Thames Valley Athletics Centre in Eton. 

It was a very successful day, despite the rain, and the school came home having won five of the eight trophies on offer.

Mrs Kirstie Hartwell, Head of the Physical Education Faculty at Charters said, “This is a fantastic achievement for the school. We have a very strong athletics pedigree and I am extremely proud of all the students who competed.”

The results were:...

Read more: Charters School’s Amazing Results at District Sports

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The children of St Francis School  Catholic Primary School in South Ascot ended their time at the school by solving the theft at Magpie Manor.

The year six children premiered their production of “The Mystery of Magpie Manor” at the Rose Theatre, St Mary’s School, and were very excited at their transformation into the upstairs downstairs of the 1930’s. Guests at the manor included Albert Einstein, Charlie Chaplin, Winston Churchill and the great Agatha Christie who ultimately solved the mystery.

One of the characters summed it up nicely by stating “He spied, was tried and nearly died, then he nicked the loot, tried to scoot but now the brute has got the boot”.

Class teacher and director Lindsey Waller said, “The children have really risen to the challenge of this complex production. There were dastardly acts, Charleston dancers and romance and the children were able to transform themselves on stage. Their confidence has grown  and will stand them in good stead as they make the transition to secondary school in September.”

Read more: Primary Schooldays End in Magpie Manor at St.Francis

The NVSDD is thrilled to have reached the finals of the prestigious Dance School of the Year Competition 2016 sponsored by The Dancing Times, International Dance Supplies and Anne Walker MBE. The competition is open worldwide and finalists have been chosen from both the UK and Europe. NVSDD is the only school in the Berkshire/West Surrey/North Hants area to reach the finals. This year's judges include Jonathan Gray (Editor of the Dancing Times Magazine), Angela Rippon OBE and Liz Dale (Head of Training at the Council for Dance Education and Training CDET). The awards will be announced in late July (Watch this space).

2015 – 2016 has been amazing for NVSDD and Envy Performing Arts. Students have performed in 14 separate shows/productions since November 2015, achieved incredible examination results and had huge success in competitions/auditions/vocational studies.

Parents and students have raised nearly £2000 for local, National and International charities, bringing the total raised by the school to over £24,000.



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On Tuesday 12th July, Year 8 students at Charters School in Sunningdale welcomed performers from Theatre Pie into their assembly to discuss how to plan and choose their option choices which start next Year in Year 9.

Through a lively combination of drama, comedy, music and dance the students explored the variety of options available to them and learnt where to find help, support and guidance.

Liam Harvey, one of the performers from Theatre Pie explained that, “It is never too soon to plan. We encourage students to think about their choices early so that they make the right decisions for their future.”

Read more: Charters School Pupils | Deciding Future Academic Options

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Ehiada Garuba, a pupil at Papplewick School, Ascot,  won Gold in both the under 12,  100m and 200m at the National Prep Schools Championships at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham, on 4th July.

Ehiada led the way with his stunning double and was ably supported by Sam Foulds who came 4th in the Under 13 Triple Jump, Harry Bunbury who came in the top ten in the Under 13 High Jump, and Lucas Cohen and Bruno Pagano who ran bravely in incredibly competitive 1500m and 800m races respectively.

Tom Bunbury, Headmaster of Papplewick, said: “We are hugely proud that five of our boys qualified for the National Championships this year and Ehiada’s achievement was quite outstanding.”

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After a very successful Charity Ball on 21st May at Ascot Racecourse, the Ascot Charitable Trust was delighted to announce they raised £51k on the night.  This was a magnificent amount of money that will really make a difference to three deserving charities.  The main beneficiary was Child Bereavement UK who received a cheque for £33k.  Other benefactors were Sebastian’s Action Trust, Thames Hospice, National Brain Appeal and The John Radcliffe Hospital.

The cheque presentation took place on 29 June at the Racecourse.  Melvin Yardley, a patron of the Ascot Charitable Trust, said “the people of Ascot are always so generous whether it is donating prizes for us to raffle, buying tickets to attend the ball or unstintingly spending on the night.  Supporting local charities that will make a difference to the lives of people who live in this area is our primary goal.  This years’ Ball was a great success with the added bonus of entertainment provided by Bobby Davro and Adger Brown”


Read more: Ascot Charitable Trust Ball 2016 Raises Huge Amount for Charity

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A Planning application has been submitted for a new pavilion with changing facilities, at Victory Fields, Sunninghill - a structure which would be cleverly built into the hillsaide. For more information, go to   Consultation concludes on July 12th.

The proposed pavilion has the potential to create a vibrant hub to support and encourage functions with the park and in turn have a profound positive impact on the quality of life of the local community. This is the justification for the exception of allowing a new building in the Green Belt.  A decision is expected by August 8th.

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Members of the Ascot community will benefit from a successful ‘Dragons’ Den’ pitch by pupils from St Francis Catholic Primary School to the Bishop and the ‘Dragons’ of Portsmouth Diocese.

In September 2015 St Francis School established a group of pupils from across the school to become Mini Vinnies (the junior branch of the St. Vincent de Paul charity). The purpose of the group is to organise and promote charitable work within our community.  Building on several successful events so far, they decided to make a pitch to the Portsmouth Diocese for funding for a new project they called “Community Soup”.  

The aim of ‘Community Soup’ is that Mini Vinnies will invite local groups from the parish, small local charitable organisations and school communities to come along to an evening event where they will be given the opportunity to propose a fund raising idea for their own worthy cause while enjoying a delicious soup and bread supper. For example, one group may come along to talk about organising a sponsored walk to raise funds for a child to have specialist treatment for an illness or a community action group may ask for funds to help them to provide meals for the hungry.  

Read more: Ascot Community to Benefit St.Francis' ‘Dragons’ Den’ Pitch

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Knowles rises to the challenge for local charity | Ascot-based basement construction company Knowles & Associates is sponsoring a 120km Charity Walk from coast to coast across Scotland, including a 10,000ft mountain trek, in aid of the Ascot-based charity, Sunningdale Hope Trust.

A director of Knowles will also take part in The Great Glen Challenge, organised by the Sunningdale Hope Trust, which sees over 25 participants walk 120km across Scotland from coast to coast; from Fort William to Inverness, along the length of the Caledonian Canal, Loch Lochy and the famous Loch Ness. The week-long route includes a challenging climb up Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain, as well as three other munroes (Scottish mountains) en-route, and will exceed an impressive 10,000-feet of climbing on top of the distance walked.

Read more: Sunningdale's Hope Trust Tackles Great Glen Challenge for Charity

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WORKS COMMENCE TO REVIVE THE BULL | Construction works to commence the revival and extension to The Bull public house in Bracknell town centre have now started.

In the first step of the transformation, the single-storey extension at the back of the building, which was built as an add-on to the original structure, is in the process of being removed.

The removal of this section will pave the way for a new 3,000 sq ft modern timber frame extension, providing a visual and physical link between the historic building and the new town centre. In addition, works to the existing building have now started.

Read more: Work Starts to Revive The Bull Amid Bracknell Regeneration

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Sunningdale Park hosted a community party to mark the retirement of the Parish Council clerk, Anne Martin, who had served Sunningdale Parish for 9 years.  Northcote House, with its magnificent setting, gave the gathering a wonderful sense of occasion.  Former Chairman, Christine Gadd, had invited several former Parish Councillors and many others who play an active part in community life and volunteer in the Parish.  

Also attending were Councillors Christine Bateson and Sayonara Luxton, though on this occasion Sayonara was not in her Mayor’s regalia.

Christine said “Several people had contacted me on hearing of Anne’s departure wanting to give her recognition and appreciation for being such a proactive Parish Clerk and for her integrity and commitment.”

Read more: Community Party for Sunnningdale Parish Council Clerk


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