There were joyous scenes today as the school celebrated the official opening of its new state-of-the-art school facility. The new building on Keeton’s Road, Bermondsey, marks a significant milestone in the school’s development, and for the provision of exceptional secondary education in the community.
The new school was opened by Sonita Alleyne OBE, businesswoman and entrepreneur, and the first female Master of Jesus College Cambridge since its foundation in 1496. The opening was celebrated with current students and guests including alumni, staff, governors, and trustees past and present. They were joined by representatives from the Department of Education, the London Borough of Southwark and the livery companies who have supported the school, including the Worshipful Companies of Pewterers, Curriers, Gardeners and Pattenmakers.
In her opening address, Ms Alleyne praised the incredible attitude of the students she met on her tour. She spoke about the fantastic teaching and recreational spaces, the light feel to the building, and these being the facilities that students deserve, and must expect as they go into the world.
Sonita Alleyne said, “It is truly a privilege to be invited to open this school. I would have loved to have been a student here…it is one of the best things I have ever done.”
Before the official ceremony, guests had the opportunity to explore the brand-new facility and meet staff and students in their lessons. The new campus boasts modern, purpose-built classrooms equipped with the latest technology, fully equipped science and computer labs, extensive sports facilities, a well-stocked library and dedicated teaching spaces for Drama, Art and Food Technology. The site also offers flexible spaces that can be used for the school’s extracurricular activities and will also be available for community use.
Marcus Huntley, Principal, said; “We are thrilled to finally realise our vision for a contemporary learning environment. Our new building embodies our commitment to delivering high-quality education, fostering creativity and nurturing the holistic growth of our students.”
“We will use this as a platform to soar to even greater heights, just as we now soar over Bermondsey, seeing the spire of St James’, Tower Bridge, the Shard, St Paul’s, Canary Wharf, and our extraordinary city.”
“Together with the Charter Schools family, we will provide a truly inspiring education for this fantastic community, empowering students to become responsible global citizens who are prepared to embrace the challenges of the future.”
Visiting The Charter School Bermondsey
Parents and carers of students hoping to join us in September 2024 or 2025 are invited to book a space at our open event, Saturday 24th February 9.30 am – 12.30 pm.
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We are excited to be part of this year’s “Saluting our Sisters” theme for Black History Month. Our programme kicks off with a launch in Learning Family Time, sharing the importance of BHM with students, and this year’s focus on women. We will be joined by Clare Williams PhD in our launch assembly, and later in the month by Stephen Bourne, author of “Black Poppies.” There will be music, hair care workshops, learning about becoming an entrepreneur and celebrations of our own “sisters” in school.
Students have also started to share their own “salutes to sisters” and invite you to do the same. The best entries will be published in our Sway linked in the image below. Post your entry, celebrating a “sister” who has contributed to black history, on our Facebook page, or if you are a student, email Mr. Huntley.
Charter Bermondsey students took to the skies as part of the Honourable Company of Air Pilots’ initiative to get young people flying. Charter Bermondsey students were joined by students from Charter East Dulwich for a memorable experience at Cambridge Glide Centre.
Students received a flight in a glider under the instruction of an experienced qualified instructor. Gliders are an unpowered aircraft, so it’s launched either by winch or via an aero-tow behind a powered aircraft. Using naturally occurring currents of rising air, gliders can remain airborne for hours and travel hundreds of kilometres.
Our students had flights of around 20 minutes in a two-seat aircraft, enjoying the extraordinary views of the Cambridge countryside. Some students even got the opportunity to take the controls under the supervision of their instructor.
Captain Pete, Honourable Company of Air Pilots said: “What a well behaved and polite bunch of students!”
A thoroughly enjoyable day was had by all and we are looking forward to returning in the new academic year. View our video of the day to see the experience through students’ eyes.