On Wednesday 14th March, Charters School in Sunningdale hosted a Community Connections event. Keen to develop more partnerships with the local community the school welcomed parents, businesses, alumni and local residents to an event which highlighted the opportunities to connect with the school from volunteering and socialising to advertising and sponsorship.

However, it wasn’t just about what the community could do for the school. With a thriving House system which supports four local charities each year, the school welcomed their representatives to the event so that they were able to promote their good causes and forthcoming events. Daisy’s Dream, Sebastian’s Action Trust (pictured below), SVP and The Jane Metson Foundation are this year’s chosen charities and Charters’ students enjoy raising funds throughout the academic year to support them.

Other organisations attending the event included Ascot Travel House and Orlando Attractions who each sponsor a minibus at the school, Ascot Racecourse who sponsor various events, The Englemere Arts Society which supports art projects and Royal Holloway, University of London whose own students volunteer time at Charters.

Charters Sixth Form students take part in Community Service, investing time in their local community, and there are currently just over 150 students taking part in the three progressive Duke of Edinburgh’s Award levels which all require an element of volunteering, and guests were encouraged to share their volunteering needs with the school.

The Parents Ambassadors were also in attendance. The group works closely with local businesses to source donations which will enhance the curriculum for the students.

Headteacher Mr Richard Pilgrim said, “Thank you to everyone who attended our Community Connections evening on Wednesday. We started a lot of interesting conversations regarding sponsorship, volunteering and socialising and it was lovely to see that there is a real desire to get involved with various aspects of school life.”

Charters School please visit the website: www.chartersschool.org.uk/