On Tuesday 3rd September, the new intake of Year 7 students began their first academic term at Charters School in Sunningdale. With students in other years starting term the following day, the Year 11 Prefect Mentors were able to show the younger students around the school site and answer any of their questions.

The school runs a vast array of extra-curricular clubs and during the afternoon the students were able to find out about the exciting variety of activities on offer at the Freshers Fayre.

Alongside the obvious PE and Sports clubs were the less obvious, such as fencing, trampolining, and squash.  In addition, students could join Robotics, Science and Music & Film Clubs to name but a few.

Read more: Charters School Freshers Fair 2019


Latin, Business and Physical Education were the stand out subjects this year at The Marist School in Sunninghill with each subject gaining the highest numbers of 9 grades across the board. 

Karl McCloskey, Principal of The Marist School said, “On the back of stellar A level results, in which we are one of the top performing Catholic Independent Day Schools for Girls, we delight in the attainment of our GCSE students today.  It’s another academically strong year for Marist girls with 99.5% achieving 9-4 grades and over 50% achieving grades 9-7. English Literature has received bad press recently but with 35% of grades in English Literature and Language scoring the top mark of 9, we spectacularly bucked the trend! Art is another forte with the school GCSE artists celebrating today with 89% of art exams graded 9-7.”

Read more: Sterling GCSE Results Again for The Marist School, Sunninghill


TV stars support campaign for new hospice | Thames Hospice today announced the launch of ‘RAISE THE ROOF’, the most ambitious public fundraising appeal in the charity’s 30-year history, to help raise the final £3million urgently needed to complete the build of a new state-of-the-art hospice for the community. With up to ten families a day not getting the hospice care they need, Thames Hospice desperately needs to expand the care it can provide for local families with the new hospice.

To raise awareness and the final £3 million needed to complete the new hospice, the charity will host a series of exciting roadshow events to launch ‘RAISE THE ROOF’ at a number of its flagship retail stores across Berkshire and South Buckinghamshire. The launch kicks off with a day of celebrations at the Hospice’s award-winning shops on Peascod Street, Windsor, on 7 September 2019 from 11am. Shoppers will have the opportunity to mingle with much-loved actress and Thames Hospice Ambassador Sue Holderness, as well as enjoy lots of entertainment and refreshments throughout the day.

The party continues throughout the week with support from star of CBBC’s Tracey Beaker Dani Harmer who will host an event at the Thames Hospice Bracknell store on Wednesday 11th September at 1pm. Actor and author Tim Brooke-Taylor, who has been a dedicated supporter of Thames Hospice for many years, will launch the Hospice’s campaign at its Wokingham branch on Saturday 14 September at 11am.


Text RAISE to 70970 to give £5 for a roof rafter

Text RAISE to 70191 to give £10 for ten bricks



Marist Girls Triumph at Maidenhead Festival of Music and Dance | ‘The Maristers’, a junior choir from The Marist School, Sunninghill, has triumphed at the Maidenhead Festival of Music and Dance 2019, winning 1st place in the Junior Choir category.

The choir, consisting of pupils aged 9-11, were awarded Distinction with 88 marks out of 100, winning the trophy for Best Junior Choir. Girls impressed the adjudicator with their performances of ‘Somewhere Only We Know’ (Keane) and a song written by the school’s Artistic Director, Mr Ron McAllister, called ‘Nightmare’, taken from a production of ‘The Pied Piper’.

Feedback from the adjudicator included praising ‘The Maristers’ for their “excellent diction, intonation and expressive faces!”

Read more: Marist Girls Triumph at Maidenhead Festival of Music and Dance

All potholes over 40mm deep will be fixed within 24 working hours as the Royal Borough’s 24 hour pothole pledge launches.

From September 2nd 2019, the Royal Borough will have some of quickest response times for fixing potholes in Berkshire and beyond, with all reported potholes over 40mm deep fixed within 24 working hours regardless of category. This change will also mean our roads are safer by ensuring that potholes on roads regularly used by more vulnerable road users such as cyclists are fixed quicker than ever before.

The new scheme forms part of a series of commitments to improve highways across the Royal Borough and will see all reported potholes over 40mm deep on roads and over 25mm deep on footways fixed within 24 hours regardless of which type of road or path they are located on. Previously, only potholes over 40mm deep on high speed or strategic routes or potholes over 25mm in town centre locations had to be fixed within 24 hours.

Read more: 24 Working Hour Pothole Fix Pledge Launches in RBWM

Students at independent all-ability school LVS Ascot celebrated receiving their GCSE results today, with increases across the board in all grades from 7 to 9, and a higher pass rate (grades 4 to 9) leaving the school delighted.

Nationally a third of pupils are still failing maths and English GCSEs1, but students sitting the subjects at LVS Ascot were as successful as ever, with a pass rate of over 90% in both. Whilst revising for GCSEs can be a stressful affair, LVS Ascot students had been able to ease the burden by sitting their maths exams early in January. This is a real benefit for focusing on a smaller number of exams in the summer, introduced by the school to help spread workload and very rare even amongst independent schools. Of the 105 students who sat their maths GCSE in January, over a third achieved the equivalent of an A or A* (7+).

Read more: LVS Ascot Records Increase In Top GCSE Results And Pass Rate


Following a nerve-wracking wait, there were smiles all round at Girls at St George’s School, in Ascot , on August 22nd, as Fifth Year (Year 11) girls opened their GCSE results.  Nearly a third of the cohort at the all-girls independent school in Ascot achieved six or more GCSEs graded at 9, 8 or 7 (equivalent to A*/A in the old grading system).

St George’s top performers this year were Aimee Thompson from Camberley (eight 9s, one 8, and one 7) and Ekaterina Tishchenko from Russia (one 9, five 8s and four 7s).  Also celebrating were Olivia Clouting from Chertsey (nine GCSEs at 9/8/7), June Chung from Korea (eleven GCSEs at 9/8/7), Tabitha McSwinney from Maidenhead (ten GCSEs at 9/8/7), Solana del Azar from Virginia Water (nine GCSEs at 9/8/7) and Avah Rustomjee from Windsor (eight GCSEs at 9/8/7).  These seven girls’ talents and efforts were also rewarded back in July when they each received a number of academic prizes and cups including the Headmistress’s Awards for Outstanding Academic Achievement at Prize Giving. 

Read more: St George’s Girls Rewarded for Hard Work and Talent