Gala Dinner

Last Saturday we hosted a ‘Greatest Showman’ themed Gala Dinner to raise funds for our new Oasis Garden.

Parents and staff were greeted by a cast of drama students including ringmasters, contortionists, magicians and strongmen, who mingled with guests as they drank champagne to the sounds of the school’s Jazz Band, before being called in to dinner.

The Gala Dinner at Windlesham Golf Club in now an annual event for our school and during the meal, magician Mark Williams combined sleight-of-hand and comedy to entertain the guests before comparing the live auction. The Charters’ Senior Dance Group then performed a specially choreographed piece to The Greatest Showman’s ‘This Is Me’, before guests took to the dancefloor until the early hours.

Local businesses supported the school by sponsoring tables at the event and advertising in the Gala Dinner’s souvenir programme, while others donated meals, spa treatments and golf days which were purchased by parents from a themed ‘Gift Tree’. Please click here to see the complete list.

The Gala Dinner raised just over £8,000 to create the infrastructure for the new Oasis Garden and generous guests also purchased over £1000 of equipment for various school departments.

We would like to thank all those who attended the event and would like to give an extra special mention to Becky Herbert who, along with Melanie Allvey, Wendy Finch, Karen Rapley and Jo Romaine worked so hard to make the event a huge success.

Mock Trial

On Saturday 16 March, an enthusiastic group of Year 9 students journeyed to Reading Crown Court to take part in the Young Magistrates Mock Trial competition.  Students performed as witnesses, lawyers, magistrates and legal advisors in the case of ‘The Queen v Alex Young’, a person accused of theft of an iPhone from a bystander on a street.  This topical subject of ‘moped crime’ resonated with our students and they worked hard to highlight the loopholes from the witness statements given and produce a solid case to present to the Magistrates.

Our defence and prosecution teams handled witnesses and cross-examinations admirably, with some judges of the competition commenting that our defence team (Tia Dalton-Short and Izzy Russell) were very authoritative and professionally merciless on the witnesses they cross-examined!  Our magistrates Alanna Fraser, Sophia Williams and Elizay Qureshi were our high scorers of the day – showing an unbiased and detailed approach to the judging of the court cases. The team placed 3rd, winning vouchers for the school and moving forward to the Regional final held in May where they get an entirely new case to perform and explore – this one a more serious crime.  Well done to all students involved and thank you for your dedication to the competition.  Thank you also to Mrs Duncan, Miss  Draper and Miss Phipps for accompanying them. 

Up For Debate Competition

We were delighted to enter a team for the national Up For Debate competition for the second year running.  Our team of debaters were Lorcan Poulston, Sophia Williams and Mya Saini, all from Year 9. On the day, they had to argue in a prepared debate for the motion: this house would televise criminal trials.  In the afternoon, they had just twenty minutes to prepare for and then debate the motion: homework should be banned.  The Year 9 team rose to the challenge and managed to come second in each of their rounds despite this being their first competitive debating experience.

The team could not have achieved such success without their supporters: Lilani Lee, Rose Tocher and Tia Dalton-Short.  Throughout many weeks of preparation the supporters helped to do research, write the speeches and provide debating practice.  At the competition, they continued to be involved in chairing and timing the debates.  All six students were a credit to Charters and will now use what they have learned in providing debating opportunities for other students in school.

Royal Society of Chemistry South East Region Schools Analyst Competition - 1st place!

On Wednesday three Year 12 students, Kelsey English, Oscar Brown and Edward Rivers travelled to the University of Reading to participate in a practical chemistry competition.  This involved using a UV-visible spectrometer to prepare a calibration curve to find the mass of active ingredient in an aspirin tablet.  Our students demonstrated their teamwork skills, together with accurate and precise practical techniques working on this undergraduate practical activity.  

The trio were up against eighteen other schools from across the southern region and despite this being the first time the school have entered this competition they came first overall - an outstanding achievement.  The students will now participate in the National final which will take place over two days in June at Manchester University. 

Chemistry Olympiad Success

This week twenty-six Sixth Form chemistry students received certificates as a result of their achievements in the Chemistry Olympiad.  This is the first time Charters has entered this competition which is aimed at students in their final year of the A level course.  Special mentions must go to the seven students who received Silver certificates (Louise Johnson, Dan Brown, Reuben Frost, Evina Maroutsou, Abd Shugaa, Angus Joyce and Rachel Popplewell) and the six Year 12 students who were awarded Bronze awards, despite sitting this challenge a year early (Lukas Sieir, Edward Rivers, Oscar Brown, Neave Cook, Kelsey English and Callum Barraclough).  Well done on these amazing achievements.

Summer Uniform

A reminder that after the Easter Holidays, boys may wear the school crested polo shirts and girls may wear the school crested short sleeved revere collar blouses.  Blazers and jumpers are optional.  However, in chilly or wet weather, blazers should be worn before a top coat.  Please click here to visit the School Shop page of our website, and here for a full uniform list.

The school shop will be open over the Easter Holidays for the collection of any online orders as well as the purchase of summer uniform.  The Shop will be open on Wednesday 10 April from 11 am to 2 pm and on Thursday 18 April from 11 am to 2 pm.  If you have any further enquiries please contact Louise Reed at

Acrylic and Gel Nails

We have seen an increase in the number of girls with nail extensions, acrylics and gel nails. Can we remind parents/carers that these are not allowed in school for students in years 7 to 11.  Please can we rely on your support to ensure that all false nails and coloured polish are removed before the beginning of the Summer term.  Thank you.

Associate Staff Vacancies

We currently have the following Associate Staff vacancies:

  • IT Technician
  • Cover Supervisor

Please visit our Vacancies page on the school website by clicking here for further information and application details. 

Charters Friends

Charters Friends Community Group

The Charters Friends Community Group will be meeting on Monday 13 May 2019 at 6 pm in the Durning Room.   

They will be discussing how this group can best support the school community going forward.  Looking forward to new ideas and new faces.  All welcome. 

Charters Friends Book Club

Charters Friends Book Club will next meet in The Durning Room at 7.30 – 9 pm on Monday 13 May after the 6 pm Charters Community meeting.  They will be discussing Bill Bryson’s The Road to Little Dribbling and The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris.

New members always welcome to our half termly group. Any queries to

Community News

Forthcoming Events 

Friday 5 April
Term ends at 1pm

Monday 8 April to Monday 22 April
Easter Break

Tuesday 23 April
Term starts at 8.30 am

Thursday 25 April
Year 7 Parents Evening for Tutor Groups A-E
4 – 6.30 pm in the Durning Cluster

Thursday 2 May
Year 7 Parents Evening for Tutor Groups F-I
4 – 6.30 pm in the Durning Cluster

Monday 6 May
Bank Holiday
Students not in school

Monday 13 May
Charters Community meeting
6 pm in the Durning Room

Monday 13 May
Charters Friends Book Club
7.30 – 9 pm in the Durning Room

Friday 17 May
Year 13 May Ball
Berystede Hotel 

Friday 24 May
Term ends at 3pm

Monday 27 May – Friday 31 May
May Half-term Holiday

Monday 3 June
Term starts at 8.30 am

Richard Pilgrim