The Festival of Nine Lesson and Carols

You are all warmly welcomed to The Festival of Nine Lesson and Carols at Holy Trinity Church in Sunningdale next Thursday evening.  This is a magical way to start your Christmas. Featuring the Chamber Choir and Junior Vocal Group this celebration is a fantastic way to get you in festive spirits and is definitely one not to be missed.  I look forward to seeing you there. 

Nine Lessons and Carols: Thursday 13 December at 7 pm, Holy Trinity Church, Sunningdale. Free to enter with retiring collection. 

Christmas High Tea

On Wednesday, Sixth Form students and staff were delighted to welcome over thirty senior citizens from the local area to share in a ‘high tea’ which included carol singing, bingo, a quiz and plenty of festive cheer.  It was, as ever, a lovely occasion where our young people shined in their organisation of a fabulous event with special visit and gifts from Santa and his elves! We are extremely grateful to Cucina, Waitrose and The Sunninghill Trust for their generous donations and support.  Many thanks to the Sixth Formers and staff whose help and organisation made it such a fun evening for all involved.

Hope Trust

We were delighted to welcome The Sunningdale Hope Trust to school last week. Thanks to their generous donation, we were able to purchase a tray for Saad Kiyani’s wheelchair. This has increased his independence as he can now use his laptop, read and eat with ease!  He is currently sitting his PPEs before his GCSEs in the summer and it has helped him to be able to prepare and revise in comfort.

Saad said “Thank you, it has really helped me in my day to day life – it’s fantastic!”

Maria Kennedy, Learning Support Centre Manager commented “Saad is a wonderful young man who never complains and it has been great to see how much of a difference this has made to him.”

The Sunningdale Hope Trust is a registered charity set up to provide help and assistance to individuals and community organisations in Sunningdale, Sunninghill and Ascot and the surrounding areas.

Jacqui Sassi, Deputy SENCO said “We are lucky to work closely with the Trust who have helped support many of our students and their families with compassion and discretion.”

If you would like to be considered for a grant, please contact Jacqui Sassi in confidence, at or call 01344 298751.

Royal Society Student Conference

Following on from the Summer Science Exhibition, three of our Year 13 students returned to London to present their research at the Royal Society Student Conference.  After an inspiring talk from Professor Jim Al-Khalili, the students attended workshops with pupils form other schools run by Royal Society fellows.  After a lovely lunch they presented their project to the invited guests.  Once again Miss Lawson and Mrs Hill were blown away by just how amazing Evina Maroutsou, Fred Dearling and Zensi Alleyne were throughout the day. The Deputy Clerk from Goldsmiths’ Company, Simon Hutchinson, was very impressed with them and described them as a ‘credit to the school.’

Biology Lectures

Last Friday, twelve of our Year 12 Biology students took a trip to London to watch a series of five lectures about current ongoing research into exciting areas of biology. The theme of the day was ‘Biology in Action’ and aimed to show our Biology students potential applications of the knowledge they are acquiring through their studies, and the sorts of varied careers towards which a Biology A-level can lead.

An Astrobiologist, famous science correspondents/presenters, primatologist and health journal editor all took to the stage and wowed our students with their research and dynamic presentation skills - providing them with lots of interesting biology facts that extend their current knowledge, as well as giving them a deeper insight into the world of academic research. Students were also enlightened with ways they can improve their A-level exam technique and some of the common pitfalls that can be avoided. Our thanks to Dr Herbert for taking the students.

English Schools Football Association National Cup Competition  

The Year 9 Boys Football team have reached the last 64 of the ESFA National Cup and are our only team still remaining in this competition.  This is a great achievement.  In the last match, the team pulled off a tremendous win away at Prospect School which was even more fantastic considering five of the players from the last game were unable to play. Having gone one goal down, Sam Wright hit a beautiful strike into the top corner from 25 yards to level the tie. In the last twenty seconds of the match Sam Wright continued to influence the game swinging in a pinpoint corner onto the head of Adam Fielding who made no mistake to win the tie 2-1.  There was not even time to restart the game and the referee blew the final whistle whilst the Charters Team were celebrating. This was a tremendous win and we hope the boys can equal (if not beat) their last 16 placing from 2016-17. Well done and good luck!

Drop-Off Zone/Road Safety/Safety on the School Site

We would like to take this opportunity of reminding parents/carers to only use the safe drop-off and pick-up zones at Charters School - either by the tennis courts on Charters Road or in the Leisure Centre car park to the rear of the school (accessed from Devenish Road).  Parents/carers should not use the front forecourt for this purpose, as this area is used by the bus companies as the drop-off and pick-up point for hundreds of students.  Parking and waiting in the front car park can cause a safety issue with so many students coming and going.   The detached car park is for the use of Sixth Form students only. 

Please reinforce the message that students walking to school down Devenish Road, in particular, should behave sensibly and be no more than two abreast, as the pavements are narrow and the cars fast moving. 

We would also like to remind parents that all visitors to the school site must report first to Reception, however brief the visit.  This is a child protection issue and we appreciate your co-operation in this matter.  Thank you!

Christmas lunch

Cucina will be serving Christmas lunch to Years 7 to 11 on Wednesday 12 December. On this day students will be allocated by year group to one of two lunch breaks, each of 45 minutes, to allow more time to serve and eat the meal in our enlarged Dining Hall.  Students entitled to Free School Meals will automatically be provided with a ticket for Christmas lunch. 

Tickets now available on

Sixth Form students can also purchase their tickets on and will have their Christmas lunch on Thursday 13 December.

For any student who does not want Christmas lunch, a selection of sandwiches will be available to purchase at 

Coping at Christmas

If you haven’t visited our Wellbeing Hub recently, you’ll be impressed with the new look and valuable resources.  Many of us find Christmas enjoyable but often stressful, be it balancing finances, managing children’s expectations or missing a loved one.  With downloadable resources and helpful links focusing on the Christmas season, the Charters Wellbeing Hub looks very useful.  If you would like to explore it yourself, please click here.

Lost Property

There has been a huge amount of un-named coats handed into lost property.  If your son/daughter has lost an item, please visit the school shop where the lost property is kept to reclaim it.  Opening hours are at Second Break on Monday, Wednesday and Friday for students and Wednesday 3 – 4 pm for parents/

Scholastic Book Club


Everyone loves a book at Christmas so why not click here to view the latest offers at our Scholastic Book Club.  There are hundreds of fantastic children’s books to choose from and every £1 you spend on this month’s Book Club will earn 25p for our school in Scholastic Rewards.  Merry Christmas!

Charters Community

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Forthcoming Events 

Thursday 13 December
Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
7 – 8 pm Holy Trinity Church, Sunningdale

Monday 17 December
Presentation Evening – by invitation only, last year’s Year 13 students
7 pm in the Main Hall

Wednesday 19 December
Term ends at 1 pm

Thursday 3 January
Students not in school

Friday 4 January
Term starts at 8.30 am

Monday 21 January
Charters Community Meeting
6 pm in the Durning Room

Monday 21 January
Charters Friends Book Club
7.30 - 9 pm in the Durning Room

Richard Pilgrim