Safeguarding Issues

We have reported and advised certain parents/carers about two safeguarding issues that have arisen this week.  Please click here for information regarding these safeguarding issues. 

PiXL Edge: Celebrating Success at Masters level

The PiXL Edge Masters Programme saw a significant milestone recently with five young people completing their Viva Panels, a first for the programme.  Viva Panels represent the sixth and final unit of the Masters qualification and gives students the opportunity to reflect on their journey through the programme and to take stock of all that they have achieved.  Two of our Year 13 students, Lucy Matthews and Mark Parrott, were amongst the inaugural five who have successfully completed their PiXL Edge Masters.  Mark stated that “The Edge taught me to seize opportunities as they come”, while Lucy commented that “The Edge has created endless opportunities for me, and now I am ready to put the skills I have learned to good use”. The Panel were bowled over by the articulacy and maturity of our students, and by the scale of their accomplishments over the past eighteen months.  Sincere congratulations to Lucy and Mark for their extraordinary achievements.

Mock Trial Competition

A group of fourteen students took part in the regional finals of the Mock Trial competition at Reading Crown Court last Saturday. The team comprising of Luke Abbott, Alex Bennett, Harley Billingham, Ella Clarke, Theo Cook, Ally Dalleske, Tia Dalton-Short, Seb Daniels, Anna Farr, Sacha Grover, Marco Jowett, Olivia Law, Matilda McWilliam and Eve Parker came third on the day and have secured a place in the National Finals in Birmingham in June!  A huge well done to them all and thank you to Miss Wareham and Miss Brennan who worked with them and supported them on the day.

Tyr Abad Volunteer Weekend 

Next Friday and Saturday (25/26 May), a group of volunteer parents and children will be departing for Tyr Abad to enjoy a Bank Holiday decorating and activity weekend.  There will be two instructors each day to assist mixed groups of parents and children in all the usual wet and wild activities that Tyr Abad has to offer, plus a chance to have some relaxation together as a group each evening.  So far there are an assortment of parents, students, trustees, new Charters’ ambassadors and teachers travelling down.

The plan is for them to paint the exterior of the centre and cottage and do some other grounds maintenance and interior repairs.   Those already going have a selection of trade skills required but it would be nice if another couple of families could come along to help out with the painting.  All the materials have been donated by parents and businesses alike and are already on site.   Most of the food for the weekend has been donated by C.E Lewis butchers in Ascot and Longacres, there are also three parent cooks in place ready to feed everyone!  So other than petrol and drinks the trip is almost cost neutral to both the centre and the volunteers.

For those that wish to, we have agreed that students involved can leave at 1 pm on the Friday to beat the Bank Holiday traffic.  The group plan to return on the Bank Holiday Monday, but the centre has offered additional accommodation to anybody wanting to avoid the traffic, so they can stay longer if they would like.

If you are interested in joining this brilliant volunteer group please contact Denis Raymond directly on 07813673937 or d.raymond@chartersschool.org.uk  He will be able to provide you with full details and answer any questions you may have.  We thank them all very much for their time and invaluable contributions.

Broomhall Park Recreation Ground

We visited the recreation ground the other day because the parish council had alerted us to the fact that some of our students were gathering there after school at about 3.30 pm each day under one of the pergolas and behaving in a rather anti-social manner.  The representatives of the parish council did stress that the majority of our students use the facilities appropriately and they welcomed that our students were using this community resource.

We obviously do not know which of our students are at fault but we have started to make visits to the recreation ground after school to monitor the situation.  We are also working with the parish council to try and identify who damaged the fabric coverings that are part of the pergola.

As ever we welcome parent support with this matter to ensure our students and the community can use this resource.

Year 11 and Year 13 Students - GCE and GCSE Exams

Our Year 11 and Year 13 students are now embarking on their exams and we wish them well over the next few weeks.  The official Leaving Assembly for Year 11, led by Mr Devine, is taking place next Thursday to which parents/carers have been invited.   It promises to be a special occasion and full of memories for these students.

Careers Talks

Last week, ex-student Katie Leask gave a talk to our students who are aspiring commercial airline pilots.  Katie, who left Charters in 2001, is now a Senior First Officer on a Boeing 777 with British Airways. Her presentation was very comprehensive and included the different entry routes into the profession, the qualifications required and the attributes a pilot should have.  She also described the main stages involved in training and the employment options available for a commercial airline pilot.   The students heard what the job of a pilot involves, how a typical monthly roster works and how BA compares with Ryanair and EasyJet.

It was very kind of Katie to give up her time to give this presentation.  We are keen to support our students with their future plans and want to hold as many talks as we can to aid students’ decision-making.  If you would like to come to Charters to talk about your career, then please do get in touch with Mr J Dhesi, our Head of Careers at j.dhesi@chartersschool.org.uk

A few comments from our students:

“The talk provided a great insight into the profession. It answered all my questions and I very much appreciate these talks. Really helpful.”  Nicholas Banfield

“I am very interested in becoming an airline pilot and it was just great listening to a Senior First Officer talking about what the job involves on a day-to-day basis.”  Declan Berkeley

Would you like to be an Enterprise Adviser for Charters?

The school is looking for parents/carers who would like to support the Careers department as an Enterprise Adviser. The role involves promoting greater links between the school and the business community.  You are likely to have connections with local businesses that can support the school with their careers work.  You will receive support from The Careers and Enterprise Company who will explain the role and what it involves.   More details regarding this can be found by clicking here.  If you are interested, please get in touch with our Head of Careers, Mr J Dhesi at j.dhesi@chartersschool.org.uk

Sporting Success

Hockey

Year 11 student Ben Searle was selected again recently to play hockey for Surrey, and has now completed a series of eight matches for the county side against the other home county squads.   Ben was competing for selection against boys, the vast majority of whom go to hockey-playing independent schools, so to be chosen is quite an achievement.  Ben is currently waiting to hear if he has been selected to progress to the Regional Performance Centre. We wish him luck and look forward to hearing about his future endeavours. 

Golf

As previously mentioned, Molly Mills in Year 9 is part of the Wentworth Scholarship Program and she also trains in the Surrey Girls Development Program.  Last Sunday she played in her first Surrey Rookie Tour event and won!  She has also made it to the quarter finals of the Surrey Birley Trophy.  Well done to Molly and we wait to hear of future successes.

Ramadan

As you may be aware the month of Ramadan has started, a time when Muslims fast (don’t eat or drink during the hours of sunrise).  As a result, some of our students could be observing Ramadan over the next month.  If your son/daughter has chosen to fast and they would like to be away from food during their break time, please ask them to speak with Mrs Gallo or one of the RE teachers in Humanities who will find them a room/quiet space to use.

Gluten Free

Cucina are pleased to advise that daily lunch and break time gluten free options are available.  Cucina staff are always on hand to advise students in their choices and are happy to be contacted directly if you or your child has any questions.

Associate Staff Vacancy

We are looking for a French Language Assistant, for the next school year for 7 hours per week, from October to May 2018.

We would like a French native speaker to conduct one-to-one and small group speaking classes with our Sixth Form students to prepare them for the A level exams, and occasionally for GCSE students.  This will include preparation and conducting mock examinations.  

Full training and guidance will be given.   For an application form please visit our vacancies page by clicking here.  Please pass this onto your family and friends.

Community

Free Musical Theatre and Acting Summer Schools in Bracknell

Artemis College, in partnership with Artemis Studios are offering free summer schools to Sixth-Form age performers this summer.  Artemis is not for profit and Ofsted registered.  There are a total of 14 places on each course (full time or part time) available.  There is no catch - no audition - students can be at school or college anywhere else and be in Sixth Form, just leaving or about to start.  As long as they are between 16 and 18 on 1 August 2018. 

The classes are held in Bracknell (Whitegrove Youth and Community Centre) and are in Acting and Musical Theatre.  Classes are taught by specialists and qualified teachers, and full time students will also go on a trip to see a West End show.   Students will have the chance to take graded vocational qualifications which will lead to UCAS points. 

There is NO COST to learners. Students simply must be able to commit and get themselves to class each day/week.  They offer free summer schools to break down barriers which stop inclusion.   The courses run between 1 and 18 August and conclude with exams and a show in the Studio Theatre at South Hill Park Arts Centre on 18 August.  For further information please click here.

Please click on the following link if you would like to submit a suggestion - STUDENT SUGGESTION BOX

Forthcoming Events 

Friday 18 May
Year 13 Leavers Ball
Berystede Hotel

Tuesday 22 May
Salamanca Parent/Student Meeting
7 – 8.30 pm in the Main Hall

Wednesday 23 May
Montpellier Parent/Student Meeting
7 – 8.30 pm in the Main Hall

Friday 25 May
Term ends at 3 pm

Monday 4 June
Term starts at 8.30 am

Tuesday 12 June
KS3/4 Parent Council
6 – 8 pm in the Durning Room

Wednesday 27 June
Year 12 Post 18 Pathways
6 – 7 pm in the Durning Room

Thursday 28 June
Year 10 Concerts
5 – 8.30 pm in the Main Hall

Saturday 30 June
Diamond Anniversary Summer Festival of Music and Celebration
12 pm – 5 pm

Tuesday 3 July
New Intake Year 7 Transition Day for students

Tuesday 3 July – PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE
New Year 7 Intake Information Evening for parents
7 – 9 pm in the Main Hall

Wednesday 4 July
New Intake Year 7 Transition Day for students

Thursday 5 July
Sports day

Friday 6 July
Year 11 Prom
7 – 10.30 pm in the Main Hall

Friday 13 July
Year 10 Sixth Form Taster Day

Tuesday 17 July
Lower School Summer Music Concert
7 – 9 pm in the Main Hall

Wednesday 18 July
Celebration of Achievement Evening
7 – 10 pm in the Main Hall

Friday 20 July
Term ends at 1 pm

Monday 23 July
INSET Day, Students not in school

Tuesday 24 July
INSET Day
Students not in school

Autumn Term 2018-2019
Monday 3 September
INSET Day
Students not in school

Tuesday 4 September
Term 1 starts at 8.30 am for Year 7, the Year 11 Prefect Mentors and Year 12 students, by appointment
(Year 13 are not in school)

Wednesday 5 September
Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10, Year 11 students are in school from 8.30 am
Year 13 students from 8.50 am
Year 12 are not in school

Thursday 6 September
All students in school, including Year 12 from 8.30 am

Martyn Parker and Richard Pilgrim
Co-Headteachers