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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: 1,340; sixth formers: 375
  • 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..

Sport remains central to Charters' success and the facilities are excellent: seven tennis courts, full-sized hockey pitch and two Astroturf pitches. Nice gym - public uses after 4.30pm - and it’s about to get nicer. Pupils praise the opportunities on offer and the have-a-go spirit. Strong DofE programme, with a good number of golds. Lots of brainy extracurriculars and clubs. Successfully holds its own against its glossy independent neighbours...

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What the school says...

Converted to an academy 2012

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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. Married with three grown children, likes reading and the outdoors and describes himself as 'a lapsed French horn player'.

One of those rare teachers who has spent his entire career at a single school, Mr Pilgrim started at Charters in 1984 and has been here, steady as she goes, ever since. Our lunch with the leadership team had the charm and ease of old chums gathered at Cheers or the Central Perk. Many current staff were once pupils here, including the deputy head’s son. Some teachers have wed one another (with the offspring later attending the school)....

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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.

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Further reading

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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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