Careers Fair

On Thursday we held our Annual Careers Fair in association with ‘Learning to Work,’ for students in Year 9 onwards.  This Fair provides an ideal opportunity to link up with many different business organisations, universities, colleges, employers etc.  We had almost 40 organisations attending which is the highest number we have had attending so far.

Mr J. Dhesi, Head of Economics and Careers said “The day was a great success; students were talking to as many organisations as they possibly could, finding out about educational and career opportunities.  Students in Years 9 and 11 choosing their options for next year are advised to think carefully about their career aspirations and how they are going to reach their goals.  Speaking to employers helped the students identify which subjects they would need to take at GCSE/A Level in order to pursue their chosen career path.  Also as students in Years 11 and 13 are also at the stage where they are thinking about jobs, apprenticeships and further/higher education I really think this event will help them to make some very important decisions about their future plans.’  Here's what some of our students said :

  • ‘I was really interested in listening to the apprenticeships offered by Fujitsu which is making me reconsider my options’ - O. Chell
  • ‘It was interesting to see that the manager of Barclays Bank had a degree in Chemistry and opted to go into financial services’ - S. Rosewell
  • ‘I was really interested in the NatWest apprenticeship scheme for students’ - J. Crooks

Thank you to all of the exhibitors for their participation and to Mr Dhesi and Mrs Courage for organising.   Please click here for a list of the exhibitors.

Year 12 Work Experience in Alicante

Eight of our Year 12 students spent February half-term in Alicante on Work Experience. The placements included a Trade Union office, bookshops, hotels, electronic shop, art shop and a nursery!

The students stayed with Host Families so that they could maximise their linguistic experience. They all agreed it was most worthwhile and has improved their confidence when speaking Spanish as well as their comprehension skills.   Click here to read their stories!

SATRO Science Challenge

At the end of half-term, three teams of students took part in the SATRO Science Challenge.  SATRO is an educational charity and social enterprise that works with young people providing real-life experiences in all aspects of the working world, particularly in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).  The task was to design a wind powered device that could raise some Polo mints from the floor to the table, without them falling back down when the wind power stopped. Points were awarded for speed, number of Polo mints lifted and the number of attempts made. All three groups of students completed the task within the time limit.

A special mention should go to the KS4 team who finished runners up, lifting the whole packet from the floor to the table in 7 seconds. They narrowly missed out on victory by a few points but have still qualified for the final at ACS Cobham next month. 

Thanks to Dr Bradley, Mrs Rivers and Mr Taylor for organising and supporting the students on the trip.  The teams were as follows:

  • KS3: Alexandra Brown, Daisy Hanson, Marco Jowett , Suhani Chandhok , Elsa Kremer  and Alastair Johnson 
  • KS4: Edward Rivers, Daniel Chattock, Joshua Brackstone, Emelia Anderson and Louise Johnson
  • KS5: Jack Cullen, Adam Read, Sophia Collinson, Marcus Down, Harrison Hedges and Ben Adams

Student News from Music

LVS Music Festival

We are delighted to hear news of Sandro Shargordodsky who won five trophies at the recent LVS Ascot, Music Festival.  Sandro should be very proud of himself, having become accomplished on piano and violin, he got a chance to show off his talent and did so magnificently. This was an amazing achievement with visitors to the Music Festival being treated to a stunning array of pieces from 118 students aged 6 to 18.  He faced strong competition with competitors from numerous counties who took part in categories including piano, vocal, strings, woodwind and brass in a celebration of musical diversity.

Sandro won the following trophies:

  • LVS Music Festival Piano (Genre) award
  • LVS Ascot Festival Jazz Award
  • Baroque Piano (12 and under)
  • Romantic Piano (12 and under)
  • Jazz (12 and under)

The overall Best Musician trophy will be awarded at the Festival Winners’ Concert at LVS Ascot on Friday 24 February.  We wish Sandro well with this competition.

Rotary Club Young Musician

The picture below shows Hani Elias being presented with his award by Mr Tony Love from the Ascot Rotary Club for winning the first regional round of the Rotary Club annual Young Musician Awards.

An opportunity to shop!

Our Young Entrepreneurs have now entered the trading period of the Ascot Wealth Management (AWM) competition and will be selling their wares: pamper hampers, travel kits, personalised t-shirts and bags, smoothies, health books, international tea and cookies at the Broad Street Shopping Mall in Reading on Saturday 25 February and Saturday 4 March between 9 am and 5 pm.  

If you would like to support the students, why not pop along to buy something.  You may find maybe some ideas for Mother’s Day, ahead of the rush or just an excuse to treat yourself!

KS3 Art Exhibition - Wednesday 1 March from 5.30 to 7 pm in the Main Hall

This exhibition showcases the work produced by our talented KS3 students so far this year. Please do come along and take a look, all are welcome.

House Music Instrumental and Vocal Competition – Wednesday 15 March

We are holding our annual House Music Instrumental and Vocal Competition in two halves this year – KS3 (Year 7, 8 and 9) and KS4/5 (Year 10 and above).  The first half will start at 5 pm and the second at 7.30 pm.  All musicians are encouraged to enter into any of the following categories:

  • KS3: Piano, Vocal and Instrumental  
  • KS4/5: Piano, Vocal, instrumental and Ensemble

A letter has been emailed out to parents/carers and students have been informed.  If your child would like to take part, please fill in the survey monkey by Tuesday 7 March, click here and make sure a copy of the music is with the Music Department by Wednesday 8 March.

Students who perform with particular merit may be invited to compete in the Musician of the Year competition, which will take place in the summer term. More details to follow!  We look forward to receiving your entries.

Quiz Night - Friday 10 March

A number of people have asked what they need to bring to the quiz:

  • Brain is always useful
  • Pen helps
  • Food and drink (bring what you want and however much you want - For those who have not been before each table tends to have a picnic with nibbles, puddings and lots of alcohol!)
  • Reading glasses – and distance glasses if you use them

What NOT to bring:

  • Children!

Hopefully we will supply the rest along with a jolly good evening!
Book here – we still have some places available!  click here
Remember: It’s best to arrive at 7 pm for round 1 even though the actual quiz starts at 7.30 pm as round 1 FINISHES at 7.30 pm !

Gala Dinner/Dance - Friday 24 March

The Founders Day Gala Dinner tickets are selling fast and many of the tables have now been sold, so don't delay!

We are looking forward to this evening which will be more informal than last year’s St. George’s Day Ball and it is hoped that you will view it as a good excuse to get together with friends and raise money for the school at the same time. 

Tickets are available to buy by clicking here

Valentine’s ‘Baked with Love’ Cake Sale – Total Raised

At the end of the half-term the annual Valentine’s ‘Baked with Love’ cake sale took place, with students baking cakes to sell and raise money.  We managed to raise a massive £685 for the four House Charities: Daisy's Dream, Sebastian's Action Trust, St Vincent de Paul Society and The Jane Metson Foundation.  Thank you to everyone involved.

Charters will be a Cash-free School after Easter Holidays

We have for a number of years asked parents to use Parentpay when paying for school meals, educational visits and other items, we have also continued to allow cash or cheque payments alongside this.  After reviewing school systems and in order to decrease the administrative burden associated with processing cash and cheques we have now decided, with effect from Tuesday 18 April to become a cash-free school.    You should already have a Parentpay account, however if you have forgotten your login details or if you would like to continue to pay cash using the PayPoint network at local convenience stores then please contact Mrs Anne Sharman by emailing her at

There may be some occasions when cash is allowed, however these will be limited to charity collections or student fundraising events.

Important Message from our Exams Department: Unclaimed Certificates - Year 13 Leavers Summer 2015

We still have a number of uncollected Exam Certificates from the Summer 2015 exams.  We have emailed the parents on more than one occasion and have now reached the point at which we will have to destroy the certificates.

  • Anyone who has not collected their certificates need to do so by Tuesday 28 February as they will be destroyed on Wednesday 1 March.

Forthcoming Events  

Monday 27 February
Meeting of Charters Friends at 6 pm in the Durning Room
Meeting of Charters Friends Book Club at 7.30 – 9 pm also in the Durning Room

Thursday 2 March
Year 9 Parents Evening
5 – 8 pm in the Durning Cluster

Wednesday 1 March from
KS3 Art Exhibition
5.30 – 7 pm in the Main Hall

Wednesday 8 March
Parents Drugs and Alcohol Awareness Evening
7 pm in the Durning Room

Thursday 9 March
Year 12 Parents Evening/ Year 13 Intervention Evening (by invitation)
5 – 8 pm in the Durning Cluster

Friday 10 March
Annual Charity Quiz Night - Click here to book
7 – 10 pm in the Main Hall

Monday 13 March
KS3/4 Parent Council
6.30 – 8 pm in the Durning Room

Tuesday 14 March
Sixth Form Parent Forum
6.30 – 9 pm in the Durning Room

Wednesday 15 March
House Music Competition
6 – 8 pm in the Main Hall

Thursday 16 March
Young Entrepreneur Prize Giving
7 – 9 pm in the Main Hall

Friday 24 March
Founders Day Gala Night (Drinks reception at 6.30 pm)
Sunningdale Park – Click here to book

Tuesday 28 March
Upper School Spring Music Concert
7 – 10 pm in the Main Hall

Thursday 30 March
Year 8 Parents Evening
5 – 8 pm in the Durning Cluster

Friday 31 March
Spring Term ends at 1 pm

Monday 3 April to Monday 17 April
Spring Holiday

Tuesday 18 April
Summer Term starts at 8.35 am

Martyn Parker and Richard Pilgrim