Click on the photo to enlarge it   New developments at Papplewick School
Papplewick School, Ascot, is looking forward to its seeing its new development plans take shape over the next few months.  Building work has already started and will be completed by the end of the summer in time for the new school year in September 2012.
The first phase includes development of the front of the school to provide a new front entrance and hall with a waiting area for parents, and the building of a new, much larger Year 2 classroom appropriate for the needs of six-year-old boys.
Tom Bunbury, Headmaster of the school, said: “We’re committed to a continuous programme of development here at Papplewick, and we’re looking forward to seeing new parts of the school take shape over the coming months.”

The new Sainsburys, with Argos, is now open in Hermitage Parade, Ascot High Street 

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chapmans ironmongers sunninghillRobert Ellison is celebrating 30 years at Chapman’s the Ironmongers in Sunninghill High Street. Trading began in 1895 as an ironmongers by the Chapman family and was held in their hands for three generations. In 1980 it was bought by the family of Robert Ellison who has run the business ever since.  It is now a landmark in the area.

Robert has shaped and developed the business as it stands today. It offers a traditional type of service retaining many of the original Victorian features. However the shop has kept up to date with the requirements of the 21st century customer. They now stock a wide range of cookware, electrical appliances as well as the core products you would associate with an ironmongers. He is helped in the shop by members of his family as well as an efficient, friendly band of staff. Seven years ago he developed the building to add a much larger retail area to the rear which enabled him to turn the shop into a much brighter more customer friendly environment. The business has been a great success and is held in high affection by local residents. The shop is situated on the High Street in Sunninghill which incorporates Chapman’s Courtyard. This now houses other businesses such as The Stock Exchange, Hansen’s Deli, Artis Studios, Saracen Windows and Inspirations Gift shop.
Chapmans Ironmongers can be found at 56, High Street, Sunninghill, Berkshire SL5 9NF -  Telephone  01344 622792

Click on the photo to enlarge it Pictured: sandcasting the Stabilisers. Papplewick sends team into the Lion’s Den:  Three Year 7 boys from Papplewick School are competing in a 'Dragons Den' competition for preparatory schools, organised by Monkton Combe School, near Bath.  Three year 7 boys: Ryan Cho, Vedant Dudraj and June-Ho Chung will be attending an inaugural event on 8th March called 'Into the Lions Den.’

Read more: Papplewick Sends Team Into Lion's Den

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