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Figures released by the Department of Education show that Charters School, Sunningdale, is ranked in the top 4% in the country for Value Added at A Level.

Unlike traditional League Table rankings, "Value Added" scores are government calculations which compare pupil performance in and between public examinations. They are designed to provide a measure as to how successful students have been by virtue of the school they attended, declaring how much 'value' their school has added to their results.

Director of Sixth Form Olimpia Morrison said, “All staff work extremely hard with our students to ensure that they all realise their full potential.”

Charters School Sixth Form was placed 125th in the table that listed over 3000 institutions.

Co-Headteacher Mr Richard Pilgrim said, “We are delighted that Charters Sixth Form was placed in the top 4% of all schools including selective schools and those in the independent sector in a recent analysis of progress made by Sixth Form students.

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SE Berks Gang Show "Kids in Koncert" - 15th - 20th February 2016

South and South East Berkshire Gang Show are almost ready for their 45th annual Gang Show at South Hill Park in Bracknell during February half term.

In case you don't know, we are local Scouts, Guides Cubs and Brownies from Ascot, Bracknell and the surrounding villages, who get together every year to show you just what we can do and perform a fantastic show.  It may surprise you!

This year we are celebrating 100 years of cub scouting so  as well as all the district activities that will be taking place this year, The Gang will be doing their best to entertain you. 

Read more: S E Berks Kids in Koncert | Scouts & Guides | Half Term | February 15th - 20th

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Self Discovery Fascinates Nursery Children | Children at Coworth Flexlands’ Nursery enjoyed  learning about their bodies during last week’s topic  “Ourselves”.   The  children were absorbed in discovering what lies behind their body using a model skeleton. The boys and girls learnt much as they touched, moved, and drew the skeleton. To support the topic they also learnt about foods that help keep their bodies healthy. The week ended in drawing their self-portraits, now proudly on display in the classroom for their parents to see.

Coworth Flexlands School is a growing, happy and successful Independent Preparatory School for girls aged 3 - 11 and boys aged 3 -7 set in 13 acres of inspiring grounds, nestled between Chobham, Windlesham and Sunningdale. Please do come and visit us  during our Spring Open Morning on Saturday 5th March between 10am and 12 noon

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Unavoidable emergency repair work will mean Fernbank Road will have to be closed from 9.30am on Monday, 8th February.

The work by Thames Water is to deal with subsidence in the road which will need thorough investigation to find the cause. The extent of that work means a full road closure has to be implemented. It will be in place from the Audley Way junction to the LVS Ascot rear entrance.

Until the work begins, the timescale for the closure cannot be established, but Thames Water has estimated it could be up to six weeks.

Diversions will be in place following the same route as the current Priory Road closure. The footway should be unaffected, but the council will advise as work progresses.

Bracknell Forest Council’s Highway Network team is working on signal timings in the area to manage traffic as efficiently as possible.

For any queries or concerns relating to the work, call Thames Water customer services on 0800 316 9800.

UPDATE: Information about bus services affected is available here

The Sunninghill Trust

The Sunninghill Trust - formerly known as  The Sunninghill Fuel Allotment Trust ,  operates in the Parish of Ascot & Sunninghill. E-Mail:

The main objects are :

 To offer relief to those suffering from hardship or poverty.

  • Assistance to the sick & elderly.
  • The support of recreational and educational facilities.

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Read more: The Sunninghill Trust | Clerk & Trustee Required



On Thursday (11th February), Ascot Racecourse will once again welcome the remarkable man who is walking 3,000 miles between all UK racecourses to raise vital funds for Pancreatic Cancer UK and Racing Welfare.

Richard Farquhar and his Walking The Courses campaign, which has grown to be racing’s biggest ever charity effort, partnered with both the Discover Ascot race day and QIPCO British Champions Day in 2015. Across the two days, Ascot’s racegoers contributed over £5,000 to Farquhar’s co-beneficiaries.

The father of four will return to Berkshire’s Royal racecourse on Thursday to complete the next stage of his journey, a 34 mile stomp to Newbury Racecourse in time for racing on Saturday. This will be the 52nd stage of his 58 leg journey.

Read more: Walking the Courses Campaign | Ascot February 11th

Windsor Great Park has a new website, packed with useful information and beautiful photographs - see

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Papplewick School in Ascot is celebrating a hat-trick of music awards to Eton College, with Harvey Lin and Kangwon Han winning Music Scholarships and Nick Hill a Music Exhibition.

“We have been incredibly fortunate to have such talented musicians in our midst,” Tom Bunbury, Headmaster, said. “All three boys have worked exceptionally hard, Harvey with the piano and violin, Kangwon with the cello, piano, and trombone, and Nick with the cello and piano. All three deserve their wonderful success.”


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St Francis Catholic Primary School welcomed a special visitor to the newly created prayer garden at the South Ascot School.  Bishop Philip Egan of the Portsmouth Diocese visited the school as part of a tour of the schools in his Diocese to meet pupils, staff and governors. Year Three pupil, Dominic West said, "I was fascinated to see how he blessed the prayer garden. It made me feel special." 

The garden was inspired by the school council's wish to create a peaceful place for pupils to say prayers for family members and friends who are ill. They asked that it should include a bench for restful reflection, a statue of St Francis and a place where prayers could be displayed for others to share. They also wanted the garden to be at the heart of the school so that it was accessible to all pupils.

Read more: St.Francis R C School | Prayer Garden Blessed by Bishop Egan

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Bracknell and Ascot CCG have set up a new HealthMakers programme for those with a long term health condition. Take a look at the website and the FREE courses running to promote self management. Meet people in similar situations such as yourself.…/healthmakers/


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Pictured: Alan Carr from the Development Team at Charters School, Paul Powers the Managing Director of Adaptable Team Solutions and Richard Pilgrim, Co-Headteacher at Charters School in Sunningdale.

Parent donates £35,000 for PiXL Edge | PiXL Edge is an innovative national framework for secondary schools and sixth form providers that is becoming increasingly well-known and respected around the country. Conceived and developed by Richard Pilgrim, Co-Headteacher at Charters School in Sunningdale, the practical plan develops skills and attributes identified by employers as being important when students move into employment or further education within a validated qualification.

Read more: Charters School | Parent Donates £35K for Development of Employability Skills

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Boys at Papplewick School, Ascot, honoured Robert Burns in traditional style last Friday, 22nd January.

Haggis for all, a piper, and Mr. Grant (Director of Music) in a kilt were all present, much to the amazement and amusement of the boys. Tom Bunbury, Headmaster, said: “We all joined in with a rendering of Burns’ most famous poem, Auld Lang Syne.”

Read more: Papplewick Pupils Celebrate Burns' Night in Style

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Tracey Williams (Associate Vicar, All Souls South Ascot & St.Michael's Sunninghill Parish, writes of the Gambia Project): Today I was given a box of Bunsen burners, magnets, assorted scientific glassware, litmus paper and spatulas and it felt like Christmas all over again! It might seem that I have a strange taste in presents, but my delight came from knowing that this was the first (we hope) of many donations of science equipment for the Revd J C Faye School in The Gambia. This equipment will be shipped out to the school in Banjul later this month along with four laptops, a printer and scanner, which have also been donated.

Read more: Friendship Stretching from South Ascot & Sunninghill to the Gambia

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Pictured: Molly Willett and Ellie Ball of year 11

On Tuesday 19th January Charters School, in association with ‘Learning to Work’, hosted their annual Careers Fair; held in the Main Hall, the event which was open to Sixth Form students and those in years 9, 11 and 13 and was implemented to help students discover the rage of opportunities available to them after their time at Chartres comes to an end. Over 30 organisations that included a wide range of employers, colleges, universities and training providers were there to advise our students about the different options open to them and explained to students what grade or subject requirements were needed to pursue their chosen career paths.

 Jas Dhesi, Head of Economics and Careers said “The day was a great success; students were talking to as many organisations as they possibly could. Year 11 and soon Year 9 will be choosing their options for next year and they are advised to think carefully about their career aspirations and how they are going to reach their goals. Speaking to employers helped pupils identify which subjects they would need to take at GCSE/’A’ level in order to pursue their chosen career path. Students in years 11 and 13 are also at the stage where they are thinking about jobs, apprenticeships and further/higher education and I really think this event will help our students to make some very important decisions about their future plans.’

Read more: Charters School Careers Fair | January 2016

Royal Borough Council tax reduction

Royal Borough set to freeze council tax

For the seventh consecutive year Band D council tax in the Royal Borough looks set not to increase as the proposal for this year is to freeze it at 2015/16 levels (£906.95).

The budget proposal includes:

  • an additional £240k on safeguarding children
  • an additional £300k on transporting special needs children to school.

 Efficiency savings of more than £5.7m have been identified for 2015/16 and include:

  • improved procurement £1.7m (waste, insurance, printing, building cleaning, legal, leisure centres, grounds maintenance)
  • energy efficiency £475k
  • staff restructures £1.36m (including Operations Directorate £554k, senior management £460k)
  •  More good news for residents includes:

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Ascot High Street Post office closed temporarily on January 16th 2016, following resignation of the Postmaster.

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SALSA, foxtrot and jive at a supper dance helped raise £874 for local Samaritans  of Bracknell, Wokingham, Ascot & Districts.

Kevin and Laura Chittock, of K L Dance Steps, offered one of their evenings for the branch to raise funds, with  supper and an auction included. Volunteers with families and friends were invited to the supper evening and taught some ‘strictly’style dance steps.

Laura said: “We had a fantastic time ourselves and really enjoyed meeting lots of Samaritans volunteers and friends.”

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The Papplewick Pistons Basketball Team won the Plate National Championships at Bradfield College on Saturday, 23rd January.

They played six matches in the League stages, beating The Mall, Westbrook Hay and Thorngrove. Losing to Millfield Prep (who ended the day as National Champions) and narrowly to St Martins led them to finishing third in the group and gave them a place in the Plate competition. 

The Semi-Final was an intense encounter and went to overtime with Papplewick hitting a late basket to go through to the final. The final was a repeat performance against St. Martin's, who beat the Pistons in the first game earlier in the day. It was payback for Papplewick and a day that finished on a high note.


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Charters School   :: Learning Support Centre  

The school motto at Charters School is Unity, Respect, Excellence and these words are fully embodied in the Learning Support Centre, an area within the school that caters specifically for students with a physical disability.

In the early 1980’s at a time when many other schools were unsuitable for students with a physical disability, Charters installed lifts and started a programme of inclusion that was extremely unusual in a comprehensive at that time.

Over the years the school has continued to value every student, creating a specialist centre which includes a physiotherapy bed for alleviating the symptoms of cerebral palsy, hoists to aid toileting and an array of other equipment that allows all students to participate fully in school life.

External specialists including physiotherapists and experts who are trained to help those who are visually or hearing impaired, visit regularly to help students meet their full potential.

The Resource Unit was moved to its present home on the school site in 1992, but completely refurbished in 2015 when it was renamed as the Learning Support Centre.

Read more: Celebration of Charters School Learning Support Centre

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The Windsor & Maidenhead Care Commissioning Group (CCG) has commissioned the NHS Community Hub at King Edward's Hospital, Windsor,  to provide 7 day access to medical care, for patients in Ascot , Sunninghill and Sunningdale.

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Pictured: Harrison Bartels-Thiel, Year 2, holding Chammy, one of the female chameleons, as well as one of the hatchlings. Harrison had Chammy from a baby at the start of last year. He’s a grandfather!!!

Arriving back at school for the new term this year, Papplewick boys were excited to find their chameleon eggs, safely held in the Science Lab, were beginning to hatch. In early August 2015, two female Yemen chameleons laid about 50 eggs, which were harvested and placed in tubs in an incubator.

Headmaster Tom Bunbury said: “Over 40 eggs have hatched and the growing terrarium is swarming with happy, healthy and thriving babies. The boys are having a lot of fun playing with them!  We will keep them for two more weeks before sending them to a reptile wholesaler.”

Papplewick’s Herpetology Club is one of the most popular extra-curricular activities at the school. The boys buy snakes or lizards for a small sum and help to feed them on particular days of the week. As well as looking after the animals as pets, they study them in science lessons. There are around 100 boys in the club, and around 60 snakes – mostly corn snakes and all constrictors (not poisonous) - more than 20 bearded dragons, and a number of leopard geckos. 





Mrs. Margaret Morgan, who lives in Ascot, co-chair of the Ascot, Sunninghill and Sunningdale Neighbourhood Plan Delivery Group, has been made MBE for services to community.

Mrs Morgan  spearheaded community involvement in the Neighbourhood Plan which  involved years of co ordinating working parties, liaising with stakeholders, public meetings and writing the Plan, as well as taking it through all the stages of consultation, modification and finally the Referendum.  

As a result of Mrs Morgan and her team’s work, a local referendum was held on 27th March 2014 . The result was  a 91% vote in favour of adopting  the Neighbourhood Plan - now the first layer of the development policies for the Borough.

Cllr Burbage  of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, said: "I am delighted for  Margaret. Margaret’s years of preparation in the Neighbourhood Plan and consultation with other local residents meant that an overwhelming majority voted decisively in favour of the Plan. To achieve such a consensus is no easy feat. These are really well deserved honours. Congratulations Karnail and Margret!”

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Pictured: Co-Headteacher Richard Pilgrim, discussing future plans with Nicola Glass and Mark Insley of Ascot Wealth Management, (both ex-Charters students)

On Wednesday 2nd December, Charters School hosted an important community event, designed to find out what local people wanted from their school and the site in the future.  

Bringing together key stakeholders and residents from the Ascot, Sunningdale and Sunninghill area, the focus of the evening was on helping to formulate a coherent vision for the future development of facilities for local residents on the school site. Talks centred on: the expansion of the school site; the creation of a multi-sports facility; development of cycleways and a provision of a nursery.

Richard Pilgrim, Co-Headteacher, said: 'We were very honoured to welcome prominent local figures including borough and local councillors, local businesses, charities and community groups, as well as governors and staff from the school, local primary schools and the local authority, to raise and debate their exciting ideas for our community.’

Read more: Charters School | Future Development Forum

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Ascot Racecourse today announces that Royal Ascot prize money has been increased by £1 million (18% uplift on 2015) this year, bringing total prize money on offer to a record £6,580,000 over the week.

Also unveiled today are plans for the new Unsaddling Enclosure, a £700,000 project that began earlier this month and will see a new, purpose built area in operation in time for the 2016 flat season.



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