September 21, 2023


It's Your Education

Inside Charlotte Church’s dream Welsh home with a secret bookcase door and its own school

Charlotte Church has given fans a sneak-peek into her £2.5million Welsh home that boasts its own school and a secret bookcase door.

The 35-year-old showed her Instagram followers into the Dinas Powys home, sharing a video of a bookcase that is actually a secret door to a living room.

The video was given a magical Harry Potter touch, with Hedwig’s Theme in the background.

“Who says magic isn’t real?” Charlotte wrote on the video.

“I wanted to share the most magical area of my house with you all,” she wrote in the caption.

What looks to be a well-stocked bookcase opens into a spacious living room with Church’s dogs playing amongst white armchairs and pot plants inside.

The opera and pop star shares her home with husband Jonathan Powell, their nine-month-old daughter – whose name has not yet been disclosed – and her children, Ruby, 13, and son Dexter, 12, who she shares with her ex-partner, former Wales rugby player Gavin Henson.

Charlotte is relatively new to Instagram, as she told her followers in her post, and has only shared 22 posts so far.

Some of these have included further sneak-peeks into her home, including a dining area adorned with hanging plants, a wooden table and a chandelier-style light, as well as a living space with even more potted plants.

“My plant game is strong, I must admit,” she wrote in one her posts.

The house also boasts its own school in the annexe, not featured in the video, with the star setting up a private school in 2019 with a 20-person classroom.

The singer welcomed 18 pupils, aged 9-12 into the school last autumn as part of The Awen Project – which she hopes will eventually grow into a charity which can set up other independent schools.

Charlotte has been homeschooling children Ruby and Dexter for most of their lives.

Speaking on This Morning about homeschooling during the pandemic, she said it was something she was used to.

“I’ve been homeschooling my own children now for a few years,” she told Holly Willoughby.

Charlotte has said that the project would be separate from mainstream schools but would “have the freedom to implement education at its most creative form”.

Charlotte has said that pupils would study for qualifications such as GCSEs and BTECs but that the school would “still have lots of creative freedom”.

Welsh is not currently planned to be taught as a subject – but the pupils would learn the language in a ‘Welsh kitchen.’ There would be more language lessons if the pupils wanted them.

Charlotte also helps out with teaching, taking on music lessons with pupils.

She said: “I totally believe in the transformation of the whole education system and I think it’s possible. I want to play an active part in making that change.

“How are we supposed to be creating a new society if all we’re doing is imposing on children what we say is important?

“Just because they are younger than us they still have a voice in society and a right to be listened to.”

She was given planning permission from the Vale of Glamorgan council in 2019, with only one resident objecting and claiming it was an “inappropriate development” as the street “wasn’t a proper site for a school.”

Before setting up the school, Charlotte said she went on a “massive research mission” visiting schools across the UK, from those following a democratic model, such as Sands in Devon, private school Eton and schools in London, Essex and Yorkshire.

Charlotte previously said: “We’re trying to create something really based on all the evidence – everything we know about how humans learn best, at what stage do children’s brains develop to take in different types of information.

“We see a lot of people feeling completely disengaged or don’t feel that they have a voice, or that their voice matters.”