“As they move through the school, pupils do well because the teaching is good and the outstanding curriculum provides them with many opportunities to be creative and to develop their talents and interests.  Sport and music, for example, have a high priority in the curriculum”

Ofsted September 2009


Music is an important part of life at Charlton and we foster enjoyment and interest in music through group and individual participation.

All children are introduced to the concepts of music making through singing and are given the opportunity to play non-pitched percussion instruments through the music curriculum.  Children have the opportunity to learn to play the recorder and clarinet through free clubs. Lessons on brass instruments, flute, piano, guitar and drums are available on a private basis. A school choir and folk singing club are further free musical opportunities for pupils.


We encourage participation by the children in our exceptionally wide range of clubs to enable them to develop new skills, or follow interests that complement the school curriculum. These clubs include a wide range of sports, music and arts,  chess, sewing, book club and a school newspaper.

Clubs take place either at lunch time or after school throughout the year. They vary according to the interests and availability of the adults who run them:

The following clubs are offered at no cost to all pupils:
Book club
Recorders – beginners and improvers
Green fingers (gardening and nature club)
Folk Singing
Homework club
Cookery Club
Competitive Sports
Tag Rugby
Team Games

Private Music lessons are available in school time:

Clarinet, flute and piano lessons provided by Mrs Kidd
Drums provided by Tim Hillsden
Guitar provided by Nick Breakspear
String lessons provided by Oxfordshire Music School, Mark Levy
Bright Sparks Science club: Run in school by Bright Sparks Science CIC based at Harwell Innovation Centre

Clubs run in conjunction with King Alfred’s college:

Wantage area joint primary school clubs
WASPS Year 6 gifted and talented programme
KAs FUNdamentals course – extra PE support
Maths tuition after school, January – May
Maths club after school, February – March
Fun sports club, February – March

Private Spanish classes:

Organised through La Jolie Ronde


Year 6 Galileo group
Monthly visits from Oxfordshire school library van
Swimming for Juniors at Wantage Leisure Centre
Forest School activities


We have a club on the school site that offers quality before and after school care from 7:45 in the morning until 6:00 in the evening. The children have a hot, cooked meal at the after school session.


Sport is an important and popular part of life at Charlton. We are committed to promoting sporting opportunities for all our pupils – not just the most talented – as we feel this is crucial for their self-esteem and helps to promote teamwork as well as healthy lifestyles. We have an extensive sports curriculum and a wide range of PE activities and  clubs, with a high level of take-up and  take part in a wide range of sporting competitions  and tournaments.

As part of the Vale Academy Trust we work in partnership with our local feeder Secondary, King Alfred’s, and receive regular visits from their partnership sports leaders. We gained the FA ‘PE charter mark’ award and the National ‘Activemark’ award in 2009.


The nationwide Healthy School scheme is concerned with four key areas: personal, social and health education; healthy eating; physical activity; and emotional health and well-being. After a great deal of concentrated effort, much of which centred around the school council, Charlton was delighted to be officially revalidated as a ‘Healthy School’ in 2012.


In July 2013 Charlton also achieved revalidation of the National Green Flag Eco School Award after a busy year for the student Eco Team.  The school is also taking part in the government-sponsored Sustainable Living project. This aims to encourage energy awareness both locally and on a global scale, with a particular emphasis on energy saving in schools.


Charlton has enjoyed Forest School status for many years and the Forest School curriculum is an important part of our commitment to outdoor education. Two of our staff are trained Forest School leaders and weekly activities take place either on site in our Nature Reserve with our youngest pupils, or on an adopted piece of woodland five miles away with older pupils.


The school council is made up of two elected representatives (one boy, one girl ) from each class. Meetings are held every fortnight, overseen by a teacher and parent but chaired by a pupil. This is an invaluable opportunity for discussing areas that are of interest to the children and for their voice to be heard. Recent discussions and suggestions have resulted in a Talent Show and a number of charity events being held. The School Council also plays a key role in the current Eco Schools agenda.

Updated 19/9/14

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