Claires Court Bulletin



Dear Parents,

We hope all parents and students had an enjoyable and productive Easter break. Students have returned in a very positive frame of mind ready for the challenges ahead this term.

This week's assembly was based on being in control of their learning, and the importance of having good self esteem. Next Friday afternoon Rachael Williams will be running a 90 minute session on how we can use what we know about the brain to bolster our mental and emotional resilience in preparation for the coming months, when both of these are pushed to the limit. She will cover all the evidence that shows that we can all make a real difference to our mood and emotional/mental state by following some simple rules and procedures, and that a healthy emotional mindset is the key to exam success. We know that this will help many of our students to manage examination stress.

Andy Giles

Stephanie Rogers


We were enthralled by two very powerful pieces performed by the Year 12 drama classes for their final AS drama moderation at Norden Farm on the evening of 21 March 2016. The first piece, 'Spring Awakening' by Frank Wedekind, was a complicated study of the sexual anxieties of a group of young people growing up in late nineteenth century Germany, and how, if not properly supported, this can lead to tragic events. A play which has a resonance for young people growing up today. The second piece, 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf' by Edward Albee, demonstrated the complex and unhealthy relationship of a university professor and his wife in New England in the 1940s, and charts a disastrous evening visit by a young colleague and his wife.


The Year 13 production of their devised piece 'The Entertainer' was presented at the recent ISA Drama competition. The group were awarded first place for the senior production and Sam Gipple won the award for best senior male performer. Congratulations to all of them and to their producer/director Mrs Olivier. Full news article here.
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Congratulations to the Year 12 Young Enterprise team, who have now completed this prestigious company programme.

During the programme they were asked to form a company, produce a product, write a business plan, sell their wares at 3 trade fairs, compile a company report and present at the regional final.

This was a demanding activity and the teams have learnt a great deal, which I am sure will help them in their future careers.


Year 12 BTEC student Josh Farmer was selected to attend this exciting training session in Barcelona for his tennis. As well as enjoying wonderful weather Josh learned a great deal as he explains below:

'As part of the Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) through the Lawn Tennis Association I attended a tennis training camp to Barcelona in Spain in March 2016. The training camp was for two weeks at the Barcelona Total Tennis Academy which one of the top training academies in Spain. The training camp provided expert clay court tennis coaching with a strong emphasis on developing language skills and experiencing the culture of Spain. The training camp was a fantastic experience and I obtained knowledge and skills specific to clay court tennis which I can use in my game for the 2016 clay court season.'

Since his return to England Josh has qualified for the main International Tennis Federation (ITF) draw to play in singles and doubles matches in the NIKE international tournament in Nottingham this week. We wish him good luck and look forward to hearing the final results although we know he has already qualified for the quarter finals of the U18.


This year the service held a particular resonance for our Sixth Form community as we remembered Mr David Wilding, co-founder of the school, who died after a very long and memorable life, and our own past head boy from two years ago who was tragically killed in a road accident so recently. Several students contributed to this thoughtful service with readings by Ross Muil, Simran Shabir, Sophie Corrigall and Chris Rayer, singing by Jordan Broatch and 'The Last Post' played by Alastair Roberts-Rhodes.


At last these have arrived, but after all the delays they are still not exactly as ordered! Thus these are with us on a 'trial' basis and we have distributed one free to each student who has a chrome book. As it is only the front cover which was not as specified these should work very well, and we hope they will make a big difference to the number of broken screens.


Students have been issued with a copy of the overall A Level examinations timetable, which is also available for parents to see on the website. Students individual timetables, which will include any special arrangements made to move exams due to clashes, will be issued to students early next week.


Switching on the genes…Teach the rainbow!


Mon 18 April - AS/A2 P.E moderation at Langley Grammar School. Selected candidates

Tues 19 April - AS/A2 P.E moderation at Langley Grammar School. Selected candidates

Fri 22 April - Talk about how to manage exam stress 2pm

Fri 29 April - Sixth Form photograph

Mon 2 May - May Bank holiday

Wed 4 May - AS/A2 Art examination

Thurs 5 May - AS/A2 Art examination

Fri 6 May - AS/A2 French/Spanish oral examinations. 2 pm

Mon 16 May - Study Leave for Year 12. First AS exams.


Great Gatsby Ball - 14 May 2016

Deadline for payment has passed and the booking forms should have been received by each table leader by end of today. These forms must be returned by Friday 29 April so we can provide the caterers with dietary/allergy information. If you need any further information please the PTA directly on

Boat Club Dinner - 7 May 2016

Tickets are available for the Annual Claires Court Schools Boat Club Dinner which will be at the Senior Boys Sports Hall from 7.00pm to 11.00pm This Black Tie or Henley Attire Dinner is a great event. Guest Speaker will be Tom Aggar GB Paralympic Champion and four-times World Champion. Tickets £35 per adult, £30 per student and Family Ticket £115 (2 adults and 2 children).

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Cricket fixtures start next week.


Thank you if you have already completed the Parental Questionnaire. If not, we would be most grateful if you could take the time to complete the online survey. Responses from parents are vital to help us review what we do and plan for the future.

If you have more than one child, please complete a survey per child. The survey closes 22 April 2016.


Thank you for understanding during this time of change with our new website and for your feedback. We are delighted with the way it has been received and hope to roll out new features as time progresses. Sadly we still seem to have issues with the calendar when looking at it in 'Month' view. Therefore to ensure you can see all the entries relevant to any divisional selection you have made please select 'List' view.