Claires Court Bulletin


From the Heads of Sixth Form

Year 12 had a very successful Parents' Evening on Monday, following their mock exams. We look forward to seeing Year 13 parents on Thursday for their final Parents Evening.

This week is National Careers week, and lots of posters are around school to show students the breadth of the previous jobs undertaken by their teachers. See below for more information.

Andy Giles

Stephanie Rogers

Forthcoming Dates

Tues 14 March - Year 12 HE day to Surrey university

Thurs 16 March - Year 13 Parents' Evening 6pm

Fri 24 March - EPQ visit to Royal Holloway

Fri 31 March to Mon 3 April - Psychology trip to Vienna

Mon 17 - Tues 18 April - Portland Sailing Camp

Tues 18 April – Sixth Form Life Drawing 9.30-1pm

Wed 19 April - Return to school

Thurs 29 June - Sixth form Prom 7pm Birds Hill Golf Centre, Maidenhead

Fri 30 June - Mon 3 July - Year 12 Geography trip to Rhyd-y-Creuau

Sun 2 July - Wed 5 July - Physics trip to CERN

PTA News

PTA Ball - 13 May 2017

The Masquerade Ball tables are now all reserved! If you have reserved a table and do not think you will be using it, please release it so that other parents can attend. If you haven't reserved a table yet, please contact as there is now a waiting list.

Thank you so much for supporting this event.

Anna Taylor-West


PTA Easter Event

Our Annual Easter Event is being held on Saturday 18 March between 12-2pm. More information here.

Year 13 Parents' Evening - Thursday 16 March 6pm

We look forward to seeing Year 13 parents on Thursday evening, 16 March, at Parents Evening. Year 13 Students should have brought home their mock exam Results Cards for you to see before Parents' Evening.

YE news from the Windsor Trade Fair

I would like to share the success of our three YE teams from the Windsor Trade Fair:

1) String Line

2) Strike Vinyl

3) Lagoon

Nick Casson, Matt Hine, Yasmin Bratch, Dan Pullen, Lewis Hughes and Tyler Wallis arrived at 8.15am to secure a pitch in the Windsor Royal Centre, Windsor. They were ready to sell at 9.30am and a credit to Claires Court School.

1) String Line sold 9 units

2) Strike Vinyl sold 1 unit

3) Lagoon sold 1 unit

It was a long day trading from 9.30am to 3pm. There were 10 other teams from SWIM and all were cold selling.

The three judges liked their products and enjoyed talking to them. Do look out for photos of the teams in The Observer on Thursday 9th March.

Mrs Sahota

Year 13 History Conference Wednesday 8th March

On Wednesday 8th March, Year 13 Historians attended a Keynote revision conference in London. The conference was aimed at Paper 1 of their AS and A Level - Russia: From Lenin to Yeltsin. Speakers were Mark Gosling, principal examiner, Michael Lynch, who has written a number of A level texts, and Robin Bunce who has done likewise, including one of the textbooks that students are currently using.

The programme was excellent, starting with a session on Lenin, after we have been shown some of the messages that students have written in their A level History papers to their examiners, (entertaining, but not worthy of marks!), followed by discussion about how to write A grade essays and how to answer source based questions from Mark. Robin Bunce wearing silver boots gave a talk on Stalin, beginning with the Russell Brand Sachsgate story to show different interpretations of the past, and then after lunch Michael Lynch gave a talk on Khrushchev and Brezhnev. The day finished with Robin and Michael setting out their views on the reasons for the collapse of the USSR, which forms the controversy and historical interpretations section of the paper, and a question and answer session. The programme was interspersed with some lighter moments provided by Scratch, a comedy duo.

The day was stimulating and gave students other perspectives on the topics that they are now revising. Our only criticism was that the location - Bloomsbury Baptist Church - does not have comfortable pews or central heating…...

Mrs Hawker

Visiting Speaker Tuesday 7 March - Simon Jacobs from Amplify Trading

On Tuesday, Simon Jacobs from Amplifiy Trading came to speak to Sixth Form. It was a packed audience. All had been asked to download the "ReTrader" app so they could take part in an interactive session. After a short presentation, the students then participated in a trading simulation on their phones. Simon commented after that there were several students who seemed to have a real interest in and aptitude and flair for trading and investing.

National Careers Week

As this week is National Careers week, we thought we would share with you the previous jobs of some of our Claires Court staff. The students have had great fun reading about some of the wonderful and amusing previous jobs and the skills developed of the staff in school. This one is from Mr Bevis.

Assembly with Denis Savostiyanov from Cisco

In assembly today, Denis Savostiyanov from Cisco came to speak to the Sixth Form. In the past Cisco have been very generous, offering work experience and apprenticeships to students from Claires Court. Denis spoke about a new product - a "spark board", a type of interactive white board which also allowed video communication and cloud sharing - and how many specialist people with very different skill sets combined and were needed to ensure this went from good idea to working product. He spoke about the opportunities for students in the technology workplace and how they could help to change the world.
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Apprenticeship opportunities at BPS World

BPS World have a number of apprenticeship vacancies within recruitment and customer services in Maidenhead. They run an award winning programme called "Rising Stars" and are currently recruiting. If you are interested, do get in touch with them on 01628 857340 or email

Norden Farm's Young Leadership scheme

Are looking to gain more work experience? or looking to help out?
Are you always willing to go the extra mile?

Then Norden Farm’s Young Leadership Scheme may be for you.

The programme is open to students aged between 14 – 18 years old, and allows them to gain skills and work experience that are transferrable to a wide range of contexts.

The programme can be used towards Bronze, Silver and Gold Arts Awards and the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Young Leaders play an important part of the holidays at Norden Farm. Assisting craft and storytelling sessions and front of house activity, working alongside professional arts practitioners and leading an end of week open workshop for local children and families.

Participants in the programme benefit from up to 3 training and mentoring sessions throughout the leadership week. The programme, which runs throughout the Easter and summer holidays is open to young people, aged 14- 18 years.

If you know of any students who would like to get involved in the Norden Farm Leadership Programme please point them towards our application and information page -

Booking is open for our Easter sessions which run from:

· Tues 4 Apr - Fri 7 Apr
· Tues 11 Apr - Fri 14 Apr

If you have any questions about the programme, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Robyn Bunyan, Education Manager on 01628 682563 or

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