Claires Court Bulletin



Last night was a very successful Year 12 Parents' Evening, and it is important that the students act on the advice given by their teachers. We are looking forward to seeing Year 13 parents and students next Thursday.

Year 12 listened to an informative presentation on the variety and range of apprenticeships available in business, technology, sport, the media, engineering, accountancy and many more this morning. Mrs Cole has a wide experience to share with out students and Mrs Rogers will pass on the full presentation to all students so they can explore the myriad of opportunities available via the hyperlink. The level 4, degree level, apprenticeships will be of particular interest. This talk gave the students the chance to consider what they might wish to do at the end of Year 13 if they are not interested in going to university.

On the other hand the trip on Monday to the University of Surrey gives all students the opportunity to talk to university representatives. This weekend all Year 12 students should go on to the UCAS website and use 'course search' to identify courses and universities they want to speak to. They may wear casual but neat clothes and should bring snacks and water for the day as it may not be easy to buy these on the campus.

Andy Giles

Stephanie Rogers


This year, the Year 12 BTEC group Laura Batten, Daisy Fowler, Mai Hennessy, Hannah Levi, Matt Turner, Rory Kidd, Toby Yate and Josh Farmer had organised a fancy dress fun run as part of an assignment. The team had to pick an event to hold and give a reason as to why they needed to hold it. Our reason was to raise money for 'Three for Three' charity week. The team knew that in order for the event to be a success it needed to suit people of all sporting abilities. There were separate categories for the prizes these included - Best dressed, Most laps and Most money made. A moment to remember was when Miss Clifford and Mrs Burdett completed the run with just three legs between them sporting hilarious onesies. We estimate that the event raised over £300. All prizes won will be distributed as soon as possible. The BTEC team would like to say a big thank you to all those who turned out for our event in the cold weather.

Laura Batten - Coordinator


Commemoration Service

All parents are invited to join all Senior pupils and staff at this annual event, which will take place on Tuesday, 22 March at 2.30pm at the Magnet Leisure Centre. It is a chance to reflect on the year so far. All welcome.

Claires Court Old Boys v Desborough Old Boys Rugby Match

Come and support the players at Braywick Rugby Club on Friday 25 March at 2.00 pm. All welcome.


Evidence-based education – The performance of children in Independent Schools places them two years ahead of their state school peers.


Mon 14 Mar - National Science Week

Mon 14 Mar - Year 12 to UCAS Higher Education Exhibition Guildford

Thurs 17 Mar - Year 13 Parents Evening 6pm

Sat 19 Mar - Easter Egg Hunt for Juniors at Junior Boys. Sixth Form to assist

Mon 21 Mar - Years 12 & 13 Psychology Trip

Mon 21 Mar - Year 12 AS Drama moderation 6.30 pm at Norden Farm Arts Centre

Tues 22 Mar - Commemoration Service

Wed 23 Mar - Last day of term Dismiss 12 noon

Fri 25 Mar - CC vs Old Boys rugby challenge

Mon 20 Mar - Rowing trip to Hazewinkel leaves

Sat 2 - Mon 4 Apr - Ski trip

Tue 12 Apr - Life drawing class for all A level artists 1 pm

Wed 13 Apr - First day of term


By now you have probably noticed the School has launched a new website. We hope you like the new look and have been able to find your way around. We are aware that there were a number of quick links parents used from the landing page of the old site, but with our aim to create a cleaner, more logical site for prospective and current users, some of these are now tucked behind the menu. Here's a short 'how-to-find' guide! The website is an evolving process, so look out for details of the calendar integration in our next mailing.


At The Aspire Centre, 350 Edinburgh Avenue, Slough SL1 4TU

On 16 March 2016 9.30am-1pm.

This half day event aims to encourage and motivate young women to become engineers and pursue STEM careers. With apprentices and other associates from Mars Chocolate UK there on the day to present to the students and offer advice on how to succeed in the industry, attendees will have a brilliant opportunity to learn first-hand about life as an engineer with one of the world’s most famous brand names. Our students can find out about the apprenticeship and graduate options available and have their say about how to inspire women to get into engineering and other STEM roles.

Student's should book direct - via Fiona Jones or call 01753 530146


The International Conference Centres for Young Leaders (ICCYL) is inviting UK pupils, aged 13 to 17, to join its 2016 Easter and summer programmes. This UK organisation has brought students together since 2013 to inspire their learning and engagement in the challenges facing a changing world. All three UK conferences take a project-based approach to learning which enhances skills in communication, research, team working and leadership through practical and enjoyable activities. Over the two-week programme students can participate in workshops, group discussions, project visits and debates while at the same time developing a team project on one of our three conference topics: climate change, emerging leadership or safe and sustainable mobility. Students have valued the opportunity to meet and work alongside their peers from around the world while also hearing from leading organisations including Oxfam, The University of Oxford and Climate Outreach.

Bookings are now being taken for the following dates:

  • 21 - 31 March (St Edwards School, Oxford) Easter promotion applies
  • 11 - 21 July (University of Reading, Reading)
  • 25 July - 4 Aug (Shiplake College, Henley-on-Thames)

More information on ICCYL can be found at:


Denis Savostiyanov, Engineering Manager at Cisco, came to speak to our students just before half term and inspired them to think about careers in STEM related areas and engineering. He has invited our students to apply for work experience with him at Cisco this summer which will be beneficial in itself and also enhance their CV and applications for university and/or apprenticeships or employment.

Cisco are also offering students the opportunity to apply for apprenticeships with them. Below is some of the information Cisco have sent us and anyone interested should speak to Mrs Rogers who will supply more details.

'We bet that you, along with billions of people everywhere, use the internet every day without really thinking about what makes it tick. Whether you’re streaming music, blogging, chatting to friends, sharing cat videos or perhaps even applying for jobs, Cisco powers the technology that connects you to the world. Why not consider joining us?

As a Cisco Apprentice you’ll be part of a team that cares about its customers, has a lot of fun, and even takes part in changing the lives of those in our local communities. There are now more mobile devices than every human being on the planet!'

PTA SUMMER BALL - 14 May 2016

Great Gatsby Ball - 14 May 2016

We now have reservations for well over 400 people for the annual ball, quite amazing! If you have reserved a table you have until 1st April to pay. If you would still like a table please let us know and we can add you to the waiting list


The U18 netball team defeated Reading Bluecoats school by 16 - 9 this week.

As the end of term approaches the football teams have been involved in finals matches.

The 3rd XI football team were successful winning their match against Leighton Park by 4 - 3, however the 1st XI were defeated by Ranelagh, 4 - 2 and the 2nd XI also lost to LVS by 4 - 2.