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  • Charters School
    Charters Road
    SL5 9QY
  • Head: Mr Pilgrim
  • T 01344 624826
  • F 01344 875182
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Windsor and Maidenhead
  • Pupils: 1,608; sixth formers: 353
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Good 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Good 1
    • 1 Full inspection 5th November 2009
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 12th December 2006
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Highly regarded by locals throughout its history, the school exudes purpose, cordiality and calm. All the students we spoke to said that they'd made plenty of friends here and that it was a very welcoming place. 'The people are open and friendly here'; 'The teachers help you get to know people.' Children with a reading age of 6 rub shoulders with potential Oxbridge candidates, but, says head, 'it's really important for us that we cater for all abilities; the school is comprehensive and will remain so.' As one satisfied parent observed, 'My daughter loves the sports'...

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What the school says...

Converted to an academy 2012

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Acting: Music Theatre at an English Comprehensive School (BTEC Certificate Level 3)
  • Best performance by Boys taking PE / Sports Studies at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)

What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2009, Richard Pilgrim (50s). Until 2018 he was co-head with Martyn Parker, who has now retired. Degree in physics with music from University College Cardiff (he also teaches physics here), PGCE from Leeds. He has been at Charters since 1984, previously as co-deputy head, and proudly declares, 'I can honestly say the school has never been as good as it is now.' Married with three teenage children, likes reading and the outdoors and describes himself as 'a lapsed French horn player'. ('He's very talented!' puts in a colleague.)

Academic matters

Extremely good, and getting better all the time. GCSE and A level results consistently put them in the top 20 per cent of state schools nationally, and that includes the grammars. In 2017, 58 per cent of A level grades were A*/B and 31 per...

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Interpreting catchment maps

The maps show in colour where the pupils at a school came from*. Red = most pupils to Blue = fewest.

Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

For help and explanation of our catchment maps see: Catchment maps explained

Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

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