Arts Award students visit St Francis School

Last week, 35 Arts Award students visited St Francis Primary to complete their Arts Award course. Twelve students delivered an Art lesson and the other students delivered Drama lessons to pupils in Year 4, 5 and 6.   The learning achieved was outstanding thanks to the preparation and professionalism shown by the students involved.  Congratulations to all who took part with particular thanks to Miss Bowie for organising the trip, Miss Francis for supporting the trip and Miss Tregoning for teaching the Drama section of the Arts Award course. 

XLR8 Boys Dance Company

Last weekend, our boys Dance Company, XLR8, performed at The Point Theatre in Eastleigh as part of a dance platform for young dancers, having applied to enter, they were chosen to perform from many applicants.

Many people commented to Miss Sussex on how fantastic their performance was and we are all very proud of them.  They performed a very emotional piece titled 'The Falling Man'.

Louis Francis
Kaie Ames
Peter Wetherall
Josh Brackstone
Joe Silcock
Soly East
Curtis Day
Nile Godfrey

Huge congratulations to ALL involved and particular thanks to Dean Soden from 4Motion Dance Theatre Company who leads the group every Friday after school and thanks to Miss Sussex for arranging this opportunity.  If there any boys who would be keen to find out more about joining in the group, please email or talk to Miss Sussex (

News from PE

Berkshire School Games
Congratulations to a number of Charters students who represented Ascot and Maidenhead School Sport Partnership at the Berkshire School Games at Bisham Abbey on Weds 22 March, in the following events: Secondary Boccia,Y7/8 Girls Football and Year 8 Boys Sports Hall Athletics.

Nine students from Year 7 and 8 were selected to represent Ascot and Maidenhead at the Berkshire School Games at the Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre on Wednesday. This was as a  result of the Year 7 team from last year (now Year 8) reaching the last sixteen in the ESFA National Cup alongside the current Year 7 team who are in the round of thirty two. 

The team played some fantastic passing football alongside scoring some exceptional goals. The team won Pool A winning 2-0, 4-2, drawing 0-0 and losing 1-0.  Unfortunately, the girls lost their semi-final 1-0 but finished the day with a bronze medal winning their third and fourth play-off game 3-1.  This success comes as a result of the girls’ continued commitment to training and outstanding attitudes. Well done! 

A team of Year 8 and 9 boys took part in the Boccia competition.  This was a very closely fought round robin competition and the boys came within one point of qualifying for the medal rounds, showing some real skill with their accuracy.  The organisers complimented the boys on their sportsmanship and cheerful attitude throughout the morning.

Year 8 boys took park in the Sporthall Athletics competition, which involves both field and track events.  The boys all took part in several events throughout the afternoon’s competition with many trying out new skills for the first time, which resulted in the A team coming sixth.  Again the students were complimented on their excellent behaviour, with some of our team helping clear up at the end of the day.

English Schools Cross Country Championships
Last weekend, the English School Cross Country Championships were held in Norwich, we had eight runners which was possible the highest ever school total of runners.  They all did incredibly well to be selected to represent their county.  (click here for results)

We received an excellent report of the event from one of our Year 9 students who qualified and participated in the Championships last weekend, Ross Van Heerde who made it clear what a great experience this was for all Charters’ runners to be competing against the elite runners from across the country.

Junior Golf Academy Scholarship

We are delighted to report that Year 8 student Molly Miles has been offered a place at Wentworth on the Junior Golf Academy Scholarship program.  The program runs until she is 18 so it is a great opportunity for her to enjoy and improve her golf over the next five years.   She has previously represented Berkshire on two occasions but will now switch counties to compete in the Surrey leagues, which will present a whole new challenge for her.  Congratulations Molly.

Immunisations this week

As we received notice of a number of students suffering reactions to their immunisations earlier this week we have reported this to Berkshire Health Authority who will now carry out an investigation – please click here to see attached letter.

Have we got your phone number?

May we request that parents/carers let the school office know if you change your mobile phone number so we can maintain accurate records for you and can get in touch with you if necessary?  Email Charters School –  Thank you.

Parents Drugs and Alcohol Awareness Evening presentation

Thanks to the parents/carers who attended the Drugs and Alcohol Awareness evening. If you were unable to attend you can find the presentation that was used on the RS/Citizenship page of our website – click here.

Boys’ Shaved Haircuts

Please could we impress upon all parents to ensure that your sons adhere to the school’s policy on haircuts below:

Hairstyles: in general, extremes of fashion in hairstyle are felt to be inappropriate to school life and are not permitted. Therefore, no pupil should have a ‘stepped or undercut' haircut resulting from the back of their head being shaved using the 1, 2 or 3 graded clippers or equivalent. Neither is a shaved head with an exaggerated fringe acceptable. Neither is the other extreme of excessively long hair, below the collar, allowed; nor is hair dyed in an excessive and unnatural colour. Dyed stripes in the hair and hair extensions of a different colour are not allowed.

Recently, several boys have crossed over the line of acceptability and whilst we understand that some may wish to adopt the latest fashion, we do not wish to be in conflict with them.  We will allow those boys concerned to grow their hair out over the Easter break and advise all boys, when in doubt about the school rules to check with their Heads of Year prior to being groomed.

Travel Packs

Are you going on a school trip? Wanting to make your long tiring coach or plane journey better? Year 9 student Josh Mcsorley, who was part of the Ascot Wealth Management initiative, has affordable travel packs for sale to make your journey better and benefit the school as well.  For more information, please leave a message for Josh Mcsorley (9A) at Reception.  All proceeds go to Charters School.  Happy travels.

Charters Friends

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Community News

Forthcoming Events  

Sunday 26 March
Haydn Nelson Mass and Poulenc Gloria
Our Chamber choir will be performing these fantastic works along with the choirs of St George's College, Weybridge and the St George's, Weybridge Sinfonia  (All welcome - entrance is free). 
7 pm at St George's College, Weybridge 

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

Thursday 20 April
Year 7 Parents Evening
5 - 8 pm in the Durning Cluster

Monday 24 April
Charters Friends at 6 pm in the Durning Room
Charters Friends Book Club at 7.30 pm in the Durning Room

Martyn Parker and Richard Pilgrim