The Creative Arts Faculty at Charters School has a rich back catalogue of knock-out school productions, and this week the Sunningdale school was delighted to welcome back audiences for the first time since before the pandemic.

More than 100 students from Years 8 to 13 took part in Legally Blonde the Musical, which played to a packed house for four performances from 24th November 2021.

The cast began rehearsing in September to become the well-loved characters from the Reese Witherspoon classic, learning not just lines but also energetic dance routines and a highly sophisticated musical score.

Read more: Charters Pupils Delight Audiences With Legally Blonde Production


Public Health England and Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead statement on confirmed COVID-19 case | Specialists from Public Health England (PHE) are working with the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead and NHS colleagues following a confirmed case of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The individual is receiving treatment in hospital.

Alison Barnett, Centre Director for Public Health England South East, said: “Public Health England is contacting people who had close contact with the latest confirmed case of COVID-19. Close contacts will be given health advice about symptoms and emergency contact details to use if they become unwell in the 14 days after contact with the confirmed case. This tried and tested method will ensure we are able to minimise any risk to them and the wider public.”

Cllr Stuart Carroll lead member for adult social care, children services, health and mental health, said: “I’d like to reassure people that we are working with health colleagues to do everything we can to stop the virus spreading and ensure the people of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead are protected.

Read more: Confirmed COVID-19 case in Royal Borough

Royal Borough cases, testing and vaccines

Cases are rapidly rising again and are now at 682.2 per 100,000, which is broadly in line with the South East but sadly well above the England average.

Ages 5 to 14 and 40 to 49 are continuing to take the brunt of infections, although cases are also still increasing among all other ages apart from those over 64.

Assisted LFT testing at Braywick Leisure Centre remains at a consistent level, but we've seen a jump in the number of LFTs being collected from our leisure centre receptions to use at home. LFTs will tell you if you have Covid, but only a PCR can tell if it's Delta, Omicron, or another variant. Visit our website for details on where you can get free LFTs.

Read more: RBWM Covid Update


First Gigaclear customers live in Ascot with exclusive 400Mbps ‘try before you buy’ offer...

Gigaclear, the UK’s largest rural full fibre broadband provider, is offering residents in Ascot the opportunity to take a free six-month trial of the company’s 400Mbps service which will allow residents to try the service free for six months before having the option to buy.  

The broadband provider has already connected its first customers in Ascot with this exclusive offer which is nine times faster than the UK average. 

Nick Rawlings, Chief Marketing Officer said; “The difference with a full fibre connection really is staggering and we want to be able to demonstrate that. We have put together this amazing offer to allow all Ascot residents in our network to give it a try for FREE and see for themselves. With more people relying on a strong, stable connection and more devices than ever being connected to the internet, we are confident that users will want to keep the service after their free trial. However, at the end of the six months, if you aren’t thoroughly blown away, there is no obligation to stay with us.” 

Read more: Exclusive Ascot Gigaclear 400Mbps ‘try before you buy’ offer

White Ribbon campaign calls on everyone to stand together to end male violence against women

Partners in the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead are calling on everyone to stand together against male violence, abuse and harassment towards women, as we mark White Ribbon Day and the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (Thursday 25th November).

As 16 days of national activism get underway, the Royal Borough, the Dash Charity and other partners are launching a campaign asking everyone in the community, including all men, to make the White Ribbon promise to “never commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence towards women”. Visit 

The White Ribbon campaign will also raise awareness on social media of the valuable partnership work in the Royal Borough to help keep both women and men safe, the support available to victims, and the several ways people can report and get help if they are scared, threatened, or abused.

Read more: White Ribbon Campaign Launched

Charters School in Sunningdale is very proud to be launching a fundraising campaign which really embodies their school motto of Unity Respect Excellence.

There are several unseen students at Charters who are battling long-term medical conditions that prevent them from attending school, and they are raising funds to buy an AV1 Robot so that these children have a chance to be heard and included in day-to-day activities.

With the help of one of their past students, Bayley Prickett, who is now studying Film Studies at university, a wonderful parent and some incredible students, Charters has created what they hope is a fundraising film that people will want to share with their friends. They hope that the film fills you with a similar feeling to the one you may get when you watch a John Lewis Christmas advert, and that it will inspire people to donate to this wonderful initiative.

Each Robot costs £3240 and the school hopes that the local community will donate and give the Gift of Friendship this Christmas.

The Film can be watched here

 Charters School  


Papplewick School, Windsor Road,  Registrar, Mrs Rebecca Lindley , on 01344-621488 or



One of The Arts Society's biggest displays of the year is of course Remembrance Day, when they invite schools to participate by submitting their students' artwork - normally selected on a particular theme but this year after the difficulties of the last two years extended to invite diverse displays on topics such as heroism, courage, sacrifice, peace etc.  Canvasses were collected, and selected and Year 8 student, Sherlock Ni's inspiring piece of work was selected for display at Ascot station.

Papplewick's Art department is particularly strong with an inspirational team of staff and boys regularly gain Art Scholarships to top Public Schools.

Headmaster, Tom Bunbury said "I am constantly astounded at the standard of art produced within the department and huge congratulations go to Sherlock whose work is now deservedly on display for commuters to appreciate and also all the other boys who produced such moving pieces of work for entry."

Read more: Papplewick Boy's Art on Display at Ascot Station