Please click on the photos to enlarge them     Pictured: L to Right back row: William Ashley, Raphael Shires, Marcus Ball, Mrs M’Crystal, Alex Newell, Freddie Hewer, Simon Ukrainets,
L to Right front row: Moses Ball, Danil Novokshonov, Rei Ishikawa, Zoravar Paintal and Milo Coldeboeuf

Willy Wonkas and Oompa Loompas for special day at Papplewick School:  Papplewick School entered into the spirit of Roald Dahl Day on 27 September with gusto, with a hundred boys in costumes related to characters in the popular children’s books, ranging from Bruce Bogtrotter to Violet Beauregard, as well as a host of Willy Wonkas and Oompa Loompas.  They included characters from books including The Twits, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG.

Roald Dahl Day is a national event, with boys effectively donating £1 for Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity and being invited to dress up for the day as any Dahl character.

Headmaster Tom Bunbury said: “Roald Dahl’s books are incredibly popular with the boys and dressing up helps bring the stories to life.  We all had a brilliant day.”
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   Simon Mayo inspires Papplewick boys with new book:   Radio 2 presenter Simon Mayo visited Papplewick School in Ascot on Tuesday, 24 April, to talk about his debut novel, Itch, and to sign books for the boys.

Itch is the story of a 14 year-old boy and keen scientist who has discovered a very unusual and unique rock.  Nobody has seen this rock before and Itch (short for Itchingham) is drawn into a great adventure as he tries to keep the rock from those who want it most.

Papplewick was buzzing with excitement during Simon’s visit and for many boys the highlight of the event was when he used an “app” to bring the cover of the book alive.

“The buzz continued throughout the day as the boys started to read their newly signed books,” said Tom Bunbury, Headmaster. “Simon really sparked their imaginations.”

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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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Robert Ellison is celebrating 40 years at Chapman’s the Ironmongers in Sunninghill High Street.   WEBSITE

Pictured Above : Robert  Ellison - Taking Over in 1980 !

On the 30th August 1980 Robert started work at Chapmans in Sunninghill as a 23 year old. 40 years ago.  He knew very little about the business of ironmongery. 

He was lucky to inherit the existing staff : Jim Watts who was in his late 70's and had joined the firm just after the end of the First World War and Gertie Russell  - a lady in her 80's who spent the day whistling under her breath. It was later discovered that she was Robert's Grandmother's first cousin!

They must have thought , who is this boy trying to run this business without much of an idea.....They were right .  But he was popular; one reason being that  he doubled the staff wages in his first week.  Robert says:" I will add that they were earning 44p an hour at the time.  I, on the other hand, had to half my wages in order to allow the business to grow." 

"I also kept on, the existing Saturday boy - Lino Temis  - a local school boy whose Italian parents lived in Sunninghill. His mother used to make pizza for lunch occasionally, which was wonderful as it was authentic and homemade."

"It was these staff who taught me the ropes of this business and gave me my grounding". 

Robert soon learnt and enjoyed the village and kept the shop name  - as it had been known as Chapmans since 1895.  The hard work paid off.  And he took the view that the customer would always come first, . At Chapmans you would stop and attend to the customer regardless of what you were doing, always remembering it's they who are paying your wages !

Even in those days there was plenty of competition; every village and town would have its own hardware shop. There were" Do It All" and Wicks- type businesses, even then. Robert's  attitude to these were that there are customers who would always use these shops, but there were customers who would rather use an excellent local shop like Chapmans.  And he made shopping there a pleasant experience , encouraging customers to return.

The village itself has changing drastically over the past 40 years . In 1980 there were two butchers, a fishmongers,  a gas showroom, a bank, two greengrocers, three newsagents and only one restaurant! Toni International, and Matthews, were the hairdressers. Gudge Ward was the barber - an elderly man who had the shakes!  In complete contrast to today's street, there were no cafes and no estate agents.

Recessions have come and gone and Chapmans has pulled through the other side. Robert concludes: "I always have felt that being a village, Sunninghill doesn't experience the peaks in boom times, but doesn't then have the lows either.  And here we still are, after this unprecedented COVID-19.  But, that's another story for another time.....

Pictured Above : Robert  and Denise Ellison -! Covid Safe in 2020


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).