The school runs a wide range of extra-curricular clubs which are listed below. These are in addition to the Sports Clubs which are shown on their own page: Sport at Charters. All music clubs meet in the music department and for further information regarding any music club please email Mr M McKenna. Please note that at times clubs can be subject to change so you may wish to email the member of staff concerned to confirm details.
Girls’ Choir for students in Years 10 - 13 who are of grade IV standard or above. The premier school choir, singing both accompanied and a cappella music in as many as four parts. They sing in all major concerts as well as concerts and competitions within the local community (winners of the Maidenhead Music Festival). Meets Monday 3.15pm - 4.15pm.
Junior Vocal Group
Mixed singing group for all students in years 7 and 8, singing arrangements of pop songs and songs from the theatre, Disney films, etc. They sing at the two end of term concerts in December and March, the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, and various other events such as end of term assemblies. Meets Thursday Second Break.
Open to all students in Years 11 - 13 who have a passion for singing. The choir sings in four-part harmony (Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass) and sings both unaccompanied and accompanied music. They perform at the end of term concerts in December and March, the festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, and other local community events such as The Sunninghill Victorian Fayre and the switching on of the Sunningdale Christmas Lights. Meets Thursday Second Break.
Senior Vocal Group
The biggest school choir with over 100 members taken from years 9 - 13. The group perform in both the big end of term concerts, performing arrangements of pop songs and songs from musicals, usually singing to a backing track. Meets Friday Second Break.
The orchestra is open to students of grade 3 standard or above on any orchestral instrument. They perform a variety of music from Film, TV and Classical repertoire in the Winter and Spring end of term concerts. The orchestra has also been the driving force behind the success of the Senior String Ensemble, who also perform in the end of term concerts. Meets Wednesday 3.00pm - 4.15pm
The Woodwind ensemble is directed by our visiting woodwind teacher from Berkshire Maestros and was set up in September 2009. The ensemble is made up of Flutes, Clarinets and Oboes with all players being grade 2 standard or above. The ensemble performs in the Winter and Spring concerts, as well as end of term assemblies. They play a variety of music which challenges the techniques of all members. Meets Thursday Second Break.
Junior String Ensemble
The ensemble is made up of pupils from year 7 and 8 playing violin and cello from pre grade 1 to grade 5 standard. They rehearse and perform a variety of music from Film, classical and popular repertoire. The ensemble are a regular feature at concerts and assemblies throughout the year. Many of the members progress into the main school orchestra or play in both. Meets Friday Second break.
Science Clubs for Year 7 and Year 8
Enthusiastic young scientists from year 7 are invited to join the science club which is held in S3 from 3-4pm on five Mondays each half term. Please contact Mr J Barrett or Miss L Sealy for more details.
The Geography Society
This society is led by Sixth Form students and staff from the geography department. Guest speakers are invited to talk on topical issues. Previous speakers have included the Dr Daleep Mukarji, CEO of Christian Aid and Jim McNeill, ice warrior and environmental scientist. All students studying geography are invited to come along to H2 on Wednesdays at 3.15pm. Contact Mr Cowling for more information.
Geography Club for Years 7-9
If you like Geography and computer games then why not combine the two? Come along to Geography Club on Tuesdays week 1 to H8 from 1.30- 2pm where you can battle to save the country from flooding; experience life in Darfur; work in a sweatshop and even create your own Geobarcard. Please contact Miss Walters for more details.
Year 10+ Explore lunch club
A weekly lunch club during second break on Tuesdays run by local Youth Worker Dave Rogers. Explores the meaning of life, discussing the issues young people face today and hope and encouragement for the future. Meets in the Sports Centre, Sports Bar area. Contact Affy Harris, Charters Relational Youth Worker for more information.
Year 7-9 Explore lunch club
A weekly lunch club during second break on Thursdays run by local Youth Worker Gary Kennaugh. Fun! Doughnuts and games whilst exploring the meaning of life, discussing issues young people face today and hope and encouragement for the future. Email Affy Harris, Charters Relational Youth Worker for more information.
Charters Youth Project
Charters Youth Club is a busy facility run by Tracey Ranson RBWM Youth Worker and located at the Charters Youth and Community Centre which is situated on the school site. For further information please go to www.wamster.org.uk
Creative Writing Club
Open to all year groups, Creative Writing club is held every Wednesday in M24 from 3-4pm. You can take part in a wide variety of activities designed to inspire creative writing. From poems to plays and short stories to mini-sagas, there is something for everyone. Highlights this year include a trip back in time to WW1 with poetry written in candle-lit trenches to Mrs Bone's Halloween themed 'fright night'; you are guaranteed something different every week. Perfect for all levels of ability, we regularly enter local and national competitions with opportunities to win prizes. For more information, please email Mrs Cross-Fancy or Miss Godfrey.
The Gardening Club
The Gardening Club runs after school on Wednesdays from 3 - 4pm and is open to all year groups. It is run in a relaxed and fun way for any budding gardeners and operates from September to the October half term and again after the February half term to the end of the academic year. Mrs A Ayres. To see pictures of the allotment and the produce click here.
Drama club for Years 7 and 8
These sessions operate in the Spring and Summer terms and explore a variety of drama skills, activities and games whilst giving pupils an opportunity to meet and work with other people outside of their tutor groups. In order to be invited to one of these clubs, pupils need to show a talent in making, performing and responding to drama in their lessons, reaching high levels of attainment in their Drama assessments and contributing positively to their Drama lessons.
Drama club for Year 9
In the Summer term, we also offer our Year 9 students clubs to prepare them for KS4. Those who have opted to take either AQA GCSE Drama or Edexcel BTEC Level 2 Acting, are invited to participate in clubs which will help develop skills required for the various courses, and will introduce them to the different styles of work for both GCSE and BTEC.
Drama club for all students
In the Summer term, we also offer a Drama club for all students who enjoy the subject and want to learn some new skills. This club is run by some of our A-Level Theatre Studies Students from 6th Form, who always really look forward to working with the younger students. Please contact Miss B Francis if you are interested in being involved.
Who do you think you are? History Club for Year 7
History students in year 7 have the opportunity of taking part in a six week programme to find out about their family history. Meeting after school, an invited group of students use a variety of web based research tools, including Ancestry.co.uk to investigate their own past. Previous groups have managed to find ancestors alive at the time of the Battle of Waterloo! Click here to read more. The programme really helps to bring History to life and develop students in their independent research skills. Pupils have even produced their own magazine. Please contact Mr Cook for more information.
Let's get Cooking!
This club is a part of a national network supported by The School Food Trust which aims to encourage cooking in the community. It is open to Year 7 pupils, at the moment, and is held in the food department in A4 on Tuesdays after school 3-4.30pm for six weeks. At the end of the session there will be a community event where parents and friends are invited to come along. This is a fun environment where we cook and eat together! Pupils learn cooking skills, food hygiene and nutrition.For further information please contact Mrs Downey Parents are welcome to come along to help or even to develop their own skills.
The Big Debate
Discussion and debate of Current Affairs where we look at recent hot topics in the news and at issues from a variety of different points of view. All pupils in Year 7 are welcome even if it's to sit quietly and listen to others, it's sure to be interesting! For further information please contact Mrs Magill
A club for KS3 and KS4 is taking place on Thursdays, both weeks, during second break. Students film and edit their filming using Applemac computers. Meet in M23. For further information please contact Mrs H Bradbury
Chess club is open to all Year Groups and runs every Thursday at Second Break in the Youth and Community Centre with Mr Parker. The club is very informal and open to all abilities. Students have a chance to play against each other in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere with refreshments provided. For more information please email Mr Parker. To find out about some of the benefits to children of playing chess click here
Do you like books? Do you like reading books? Do you like talking about reading books to those of similar interests? If yes, then come to Book Club: the best thing since reading books! (Free biscuits included with membership). See you Fridays, at second break in M13. For more information, contact Miss Z Kear or Miss C Godfrey.
The photography club meets every Wednesday (September - December) 3 - 4pm in A7. For more information click here or contact Mr Holmes
A new club which is open to pupils in Year 7 and run by Mrs Cervera. Please email for more information.
ICT and Computing Club
If you are in KS3 and would like to have the opportunity to use software that you do not use in lessons eg creating computer games and stop animation, then this could be for you. We meet in M11 on Thursdays, starting on 20 September, from 3-4pm. If you would like to know more, contact Miss Hollowood.