Claires Court Bulletin
FROM THE HEADS OF SIXTH FORM
Congratulations to Us!
It is not often that your hear us blow our own trumpet, but we wanted to share some exciting Sixth Form news with you. Last week, the DfE published its A Level performance tables. It placed Claires Court Sixth Form at number 100 out of 4380 schools - that is inside the top 2.3% of all Sixth Form schools and colleges, looking at the progress students have made between the end of Key Stage 4 and the end of their A Level studies. We are delighted that the hard work of all the students, subject teachers, pastoral staff and the Sixth Form team have culminated in such a brilliant result for our non-selective Sixth Form. It is hardly surprising that we have so many Year 11 students wanting to join us. Mr Bevis said "This is a tremendous achievement and a reflection of the systems and strategies that have been put in place by the Sixth Form team, and your commitment to getting the absolute maximum out of our students. I also believe that it shows that a growth mindset attitude and a belief that young people can exceed whatever their prior learning might have indicated". Well done, everyone!
Tues 31 January - Stephanie Bright from NCS at 3.30pm HM4
Mon 6 February - Year 13 BTEC Sport trip to Skiplex Snow Centre
Tues 7 February - Dr Fegan-Earl talk on Forensic Pathology, 3.30pm HM4
Wed 8 Februaury - Dance show 7-9pm
Thurs 9 February - Dance show 2-4pm & 7-9pm
Thurs 9 February - Heathrow Jobs & Careers Fair, Sofitel Hotel, T5, Heathrow
Mon 20 - Fri 24 February - Mock AS and A Level exams all week
Tues 28 February - Maths trip to the Hexagon, Reading
Mon 6 March - Year 12 Parents' Evening 6pm
Thurs 16 March - Year 13 Parents' Evening 6pm
Windsor Festival Winners at Herbert Smith Freehills Exhibition Private View 25 January
Update to Parental details
Foodshare - Contributions please
Packets of sugar and teabags, tinned soups, tinned meat and vegetables are really appreciated. We thank you for all you help.
As the weather gets colder, here are the details in case we need to close the School due to adverse weather conditions.
RAHAB - further update
Invitation from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
Talk by Louise Schembri from Sytner
Tuesday 31 January - Talk by Stephanie Bright from NCS in HM4 at 3.30pm
Mobile phones, concentration and awareness
Mr Giles and Mrs Rogers recently gave an assembly to Sixth Form on mobile phone usage and how it could affect sleep patterns, so we were really interested to hear that a recognised sports professional had this week told the media that she believed mobile phone usage could affect the ability to concentrate.
Leading sports scientist Dr Sherylle Calder has been brought into the English camp by England rugby coach, Eddie Jones, to be the team's visual awareness coach. He wants his players to reduce mobile phone use because their ability to concentrate has 'deteriorated'. In an interview, Dr Calder said that rugby players spent too much time on their mobile phones and she believed that rugby players' ability to concentrate had diminished due to frequent mobile phone use.
She said "we are losing awareness and we really live in an age of distractions. One of the skills that is really deteriorating is the ability to concentrate and that's probably one of the first skills any coach asks of a player; make sure you concentrate in the first five minutes of a game. Because we're in distraction mode all the time and the phone has a role to play in that, that ability to concentrate has deteriorated."
What a fascinating insight into how mobile phone usage may be affecting not only our students' ability to concentrate but perhaps also the performance of our CC Rugby teams?