Claires Court Bulletin



The term report for your son or daughter has been put in the post today. If you have any concerns or wish to discuss this report please email us and we will respond by phone or email as appropriate. Next week Form Tutors and both of us will be starting the one-to-one mentoring sessions with every student to review their report and to set targets for the months ahead leading up to the mock examinations in February and the finals in May and June.

Andy Giles

Stephanie Rogers


Tue 19 Jan - Maths iGCSE exam

Tue 19 Jan - Talk on careers in IT by Victoria Ferguson

Thurs 21 & Fri 22 - GCE mock Art exam

Sat 23 Jan - ISA National Swimming Gala

Sat 23 Jan - Young Enterprise Trade Fair, Nicolson Centre, Maidenhead

Mon 25 Jan - RBWM Youth Achievements Awards

Thurs 28 Jan - English iGCSE exam

Sat 30 Jan - Burns Night Supper

Wed 3 Feb - Open Morning 9.30 - 11.30am

Wed 3 Feb - Young Enterprise Business Plan Awards 5pm Town Hall, Maidenhead

Sat 6 Feb - Young Enterprise Trade Fair Slough

Sat 6 Feb - CC Boat Club Race Night - see flyer

Mon 8 Feb - A2 Drama Moderation 6pm Norden Farm Arts Centre

Thurs 11 Feb - CC Talent Show

Fri 12 Feb - CC Orchestra Day


At the Swimarathon organised by the Lions club last weekend Claires Court did themselves proud. In total the school entered six teams and in the Sixth Form we are very proud of the five "Mermaids" and six "Men from Atlantis" who represented us and swam (relay style) for 55 minutes. There was friendly rivalry between our two teams with the girls ultimately completing 65 laps (just over two miles) and the boys who clocked up a record for Claires Court of 73 laps. The total amount raised in sponsorship for charity is not yet known but Shannon alone has raised over £200 and Will completed three pages of sponsors names. Well done and thank you to our swimmers for entering into the spirit of the event and participating in such a worthwhile community event. And a lucky bonus is that at the event itself Teresa May picked three team names out of a hat of which Claires Court was one so in addition to the sponsor money the pupils raise Claires Court will be given an additional £200 to donate to our '3 for 3' charities.

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A truly inspiring talk on Working in the Media had our students full of enthusiasm and questions on Tuesday evening. Mr Dennis Rice has had a spectacular career as an investigative journalist, first with the Sunday Express and the Mail Newspaper group and now as a freelance journalist. He spoke about his work, the under-representation of women in journalism (only 30%). He also advised that to get a job as a journalist that work experience was vital and that evidence of employability skills is also essential. Our students voted Mr Rice one of the best careers speakers we have had, and a great inspiration.


Suzanne Thompson, Vice President and Head of School Partnerships, Discovery Education spoke of her career path in education, leadership, the Education Technology industry, crossing from the governmental sector to the corporate environment, and of the various aspects of being a woman in high level offices. At the same time she also spoke about being feminine and getting her nails done, enjoying lovely jewellery, and getting mud covered on the football pitch as a left wing back. Being feminine and high powered is not mutually exclusive, and girls should aim to enjoy both!


At this time of year, the weather is not always predictable, and bad weather can often affect the daily routine. Please refer to the updated Emergency Closure Guidance for full information. A reminder that initial contact will be via text message and supporting email from the School. Please ensure you keep your contact details up-to-date at this time.


The first matches of the season gave mixed success for our Sixth Form players. The U18 Netball A and B teams played well but were defeated, while the three Football teams came home victorious.

U18 A Netball v Bearwood. Lost 38 - 23 after a hard match in which fitness in the last quarter became a key issue. Player of the Match was Victoria Saunders, Coach's attack player was Rebecca Yeabsley and Coach's defense player was Moyin Forsythe.

U18 B Netball v Pangbourne. Lost 29 - 6. Pangbourne had a very strong team and again the fitness of our girls became an issue. However extra training has now been organised for a Monday lunchtime to address this.

U18 1st XI Football v Bearwood. Won 10 - 0. Goals: Jordan Sullivan X 4, Will Harwood X 3, Charlie Monk X 2 and Will Elkins.

U18 2nd XI Foot v Bearwood. Won 4 - 1. Goals: Rory Kidd, Seb, Lucas and Harry (Y11)

U18 3nd XI Football v Bearwood. Won 5 - 2. Goals: Todd Lindley (Y11) X 2, Joe Thomas, Michael Levy and Ben Gordon.

More details on the Sports page of the website.


Tickets are still available for the annual Burns Night Supper on Saturday 30 January 2016 at Senior Boys. All funds raised will support our Touring Sports sides. Please see the flyer for further information on how to book tickets.


Come and support the Boat Club at their annual Regatta Race Night. For further information on how to buy tickets, sponsor a boat or race, please see here

The bravery of Bowie, Banksy and our space cadets...