CLAIRES COURT BULLETIN

Senior Boys

FROM THE PRINCIPAL

An Excellent Inspection…March 2014, James Wilding Academic Principal

There is no such thing as an excellent time for a School Inspection. Trust me; put the academic calendar out onto the map table and share the game with colleagues, namely “choose the best week for a school inspection” and 10 teachers will choose entirely different months for the challenge.


So when ISI, the Inspectorate charged by the DfE with checking ISC accredited schools rang to tell me we were being inspected on Tuesday 24 March, I was sanguine about the call for our last week of term, and absolutely ‘up’ for the challenge.


The week has now passed and the Inspectorate’s judgements are confidential until published. It’s easy to see why. I have been here already four times as a headteacher, since 1990 and it must be said that data shared during the visit might be inaccurate or the Inspectors’ evidence might ‘trim the sails’ so to speak.


But by way of this gentle statement of gratitude I wish to commend you, our parents and pupils, as well as our visitors for your work. Over 1000 parents and pupils responded to the questionnaire appropriate to them, with some highly supportive statements, whilst of course suggesting to the Inspectorate areas at which they might look further. Those areas are reported as appropriate in the Inspection Report, due to be published in 6 weeks’ time.


When a school welcomes 15 inspectors to trawl books, visit lessons, check recruitment, quiz children, third degree teachers, check light fittings and ‘elf/safety’ and, above all, live with us for four days uninvited, I feel we are entitled to express a view about that conduct, because it might feel very intrusive. In the case of this Inspection team, not so. Well done ISI, you have had an excellent visit.


Our inspectors, as far as they could, made themselves ‘invisible’. Actually they were challenging in every question they posed to staff, but left children asking for more after their interrogation. In truth, their task was to avoid controversy but enable veracity. I think they did it well, inspection that is, not writing, of course, because that has yet to come. But I listened carefully to what they had to say and in their diverse ways. I ‘heard’ my School in the words they spoke. And the words they chose to speak were good to hear, as you will get to read in due course.

FROM THE HEAD'S DESK

It was a great pleasure to meet with the Inspectors on Friday, not only did it mean that the Inspection was over but they asked me to pass on their thanks to the boys for how they had behaved and interacted with them as they went about their tasks. A very nice compliment for all our pupils.


We have had a really successful term and congratulations go to all those who have achieved national and regional wins. My thanks go to the Year 9 and 10 boys who supported my assembly last Thursday, a great presentation and an outstanding musical performance.


Enjoy the Holiday, have a well earned rest!!


My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty. She's ninety-seven now, and we don't know where the hell she is.

Ellen DeGeneres

FORTHCOMING DATES

Wednesday 2 April – End of Term 12.30pm

Thursday 3 April – Year 11 Study Skills Day – Invitation only

Friday 4 April – Year 11 Study Skills Day – Invitation only

Nursery End of Term

Monday 7 April – Rowers Depart for Hazewinkel at 06.00 from Maidenhead Rugby Club, Braywick Park, Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 1BN

Saturday 12 April – Ski Trip Departs at 07.00 from Claires Court Senior Girls, 1 College Avenue, Maidenhead SL6 6AW.

Rowers Return from Hazewinkel at approximately 22.30 to MRC

Saturday 19 April – Ski Trip Return at approximately 12.45 to Senior Girls

Tuesday 22 April – Year 10 Study Skills Day – Invitation only

Year 11 GCSE PE Moderation Day

Wednesday 23 April – Term Starts

Thursday 24 April – Year 8 Parents Evening

Friday 25 April – Year 10 History Trip – Ypres departing at 06.15 from Maidenhead Rugby Club and returning approximately 24.00

Monday 28 April – Late Buses Commence

Rowing Education Evening from 6.30pm Senior Boys Sports Hall

Tuesday 29 April – Year 10 English Controlled Assessment

Sailing – Start of Season Social at Maidenhead Sailing Club at 5.30pm BBQ

please respond to outdoored@clairescourt.net so we know numbers.

TRIPS

Tuesday 6 May – Year 8 Religious Studies Trip to Neasden Temple – An information sheet accompanies this Bulletin. Please return the consent form by Friday 25 April.

Friday 23 to Monday 26 May – U13 North Devon Cricket Tour – An information sheet has been posted to invited cricketers.

Monday 20 to Friday 24 October 2014 – Years 9-13 Sailing Trip – Sailing the English Channel – Information has been distributed.

PTA

Saturday 10 May- Claires Court Hollywood Ball, It's been a fantastic response to this years Ball with just a few tables remaining for this fabulous event. If you would like to join us then please email PTABookings@gmail.com asap to avoid disappointment or click here.

We are collecting items for our hampers, please leave in your School Office, many thanks!

FUTURE EVENTS

Holiday Club + Art & Craft Club and Drama Club Monday 7 to Thursday 17 April at our Girls site. Sports Club at Junior Boys various activities running Tue, Wed and Thu of both weeks. Visit www.clairecourt.com/holidayactivities for more information.

Sports Club Pre-season Cricket Training on Tuesday 22 April http://schl.cc/H

NOTES AND TO DO LIST

Summer Sports Information - Fixtures for cricket, athletics, rowing and sailing can be accessed by clicking on 'The For Senior Boys Fixtures And Results' tab on the E-Bulletin.

Fixture cards will be issued to pupils at the start of the Summer Term.


Lunch menus are now published on the website

WELL DONE TO

Music Success - Tom Wright in Year 9 has just passed his Grade 6 piano. Alex Langley in Year 11 has passed his Grade 6 Guitar. Well done to the boys and their teachers.

Bronze Arts Award – Awarded to Jake Wincombe in Year 7.

In celebration of Easter – some chocolaty thoughts.

Lady to the waitress: I’d like Death by Chocolate for dessert, but only enough to put me in critical condition.

Life is like a box of chocolates… you never know what you’re gonna get. Forrest Gump

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