papplewick day and boarding prep school in ascotOfsted report rates Papplewick School as “outstanding” : A recent inspection report by Ofsted of Papplewick School has rated the overall quality of the school as “outstanding,” and commented: “Pupils are respectful, confident and articulate.”

The Ofsted inspectors looked at every aspect of the school and rated all areas very highly.  The report goes on to say: “Everyone takes a pride in the school, staff work hard and long to achieve and maintain the highest standards for the pupils. These factors result in outstanding outcomes for the boys,” and: “Many times through the inspection, staff and boys referred to the school and boarding as a family.”

Tom Bunbury, headmaster at Papplewick, said: “We’re delighted.  This report confirms that all the hard work put in by the entire teaching and administrative team at Papplewick both pays off for the boys, and produces outstanding results for the school.”

The full report can be seen at: and at (Ofsted link).



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.

Peoples Choice Design competitionMembers of the public are  invited to vote for favourite new build and voters could win a year’s membership of the  National Trust. Ascot Business Park has been shortlisted. Click on 'Read More' below to see photos of the other three shortlisted buildings.
Royal Borough residents have been invited to vote for their favourite new local building – from a shortlist of four – in a newly introduced category in the borough’s Design Awards.

The building receiving the most votes will win the People’s Choice Award. All voters will be entered into a draw to win tickets to the awards ceremony in January and those who vote for the winning scheme will also be included in a draw to win a year’s family membership of the National Trust.

The four properties are:
Ascot Business Park – Has been developed and transformed the area to the south of Ascot Railway Station

44 Old Ferry Drive, Wraysbury – Modern replacement dwelling in a residential area and on the floodplain

Little Upton, Upton House School, Windsor – New purpose-designed nursery school building within the grounds of main school replacing temporary classrooms. The site is within a conservation area

The Odney Club, Cookham
– Redevelopment of former training centre within grounds of Grade ll listed building to provide a new conference centre, linked to converted outbuildings. The site is within a conservation area.

Residents can vote online at , at council offices or by sending their vote to Planning Policy, Town Hall, St Ives Road, Maidenhead SL6 1RF. Voting is open until Friday 24 December.

Read more: People's Choice Award - Ascot Business Park Shortlisted

photo: Left to right: Bill Raspin. Rt. Hon John Gummer MP, Vanessa Durham Marketing manager for Ascot Business Park Rorie Henderson of SHP and Barry Lewis Vice chairman of the IoD.The Rt. Honorable John Gummer MP, shadow environment minister, spoke at the Institute of Directors meeting hosted by Ascot Business Park developers’ Salmon Harvester Properties Ltd and Raspin Properties Ltd.
Barry Lewis vice chairman of the IoD welcomed over 40 local businessmen and women who attended the event.
“There is no previous time in recorded history when the world's temperature has raised so much and so quickly, “ said John Gummer.

Read more: Institute of Directors at Ascot Business Park

Proposed changes to make home to school services more consistent are being considered by the Royal Borough’s cabinet.

The series of 10 measures – which have already been put to the public in a consultation – come as the council looks to bring its provision more in line with national legislation.

Among the planned changes is the removal or reduction of certain discretionary subsidies, on services from Holyport village and across Windsor, for pupils who do not meet the statutory eligibility criteria.

Changes also include a pilot independent travel training scheme and personal transport budgets which would be paid directly to families to help cover the cost of getting their children to and from school.

Read more: Planned RBWM Changes to Make Home to School Transport Fairer

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If magician Dynamo had been at the Papplewick School MacMillan Coffee Morning on Saturday, 24th September, you might have thought he had just performed one of his illusions, to see how quickly the cake and cream teas disappeared!  

Through eating cake, drinking tea and coffee and having a catch up with their chums, Papplewick’s parents managed to raise a staggering £683.13 for MacMillan Cancer Support. 

Headmaster Tom Bunbury said: “This is an amazing amount, especially as we're a school of only 200 boys. A huge thank you to each and everyone who came along to our MacMillan Coffee Morning. We would also like to thank those who donated cakes and all who helped set up, clear away, make and serve the afternoon teas. Many thanks also to our chef Paul Beard and his team who prepared the cream teas and cakes.”

Last year the funds raised at Papplewick’s MacMillan coffee morning paid for 35 MacMillan nurses to spend an hour talking with and listening to people who had just received the devastating news they had cancer.