Claires Court Bulletin



Congratulations to all the rugby and hockey players who competed in the ISA Super League competition this week. The boys won both the first and second rugby finals and the girls were runners-up in the hockey.

Andy Giles

Stephanie Rogers


Although one or two examinations have already taken place, the majority of these will be held during the lesson time next week. Students should be taking these very seriously, as teachers certainly are and will be basing predictions and reports on the results.

Mrs Rogers reminds students that just reading through notes is not an effective revision technique and that they should be using a method such as the Cornell Method to summarise the content for learning.


A packed room of boys and girls were intrigued to hear from Ph. D. student (astrophysics), Rebecca Williams, about her education and career path at Cambridge University. Although the audience was overwhemingly male it was the girls in the group who were most inspired. 'We really felt empowered to hear from such a successful woman scientist and felt that such a career is really available for the women of today. I feel that if other female students had the opportunity to hear such an interesting presentation that it would change their perspective on studying science subjects, and influence them towards a career in science'.

Colette Ferguson, Year 12


Judging by the costumes being discussed a lively evening is in store with some competition to win the best costume prize - and that is just amongst the staff! So think hard around a character whose name starts with the same first letter as your own and get creative.

Last call for outstanding subscriptions as the final list goes to the venue on Wednesday 9 December and names cannot be added after that. Please bring your £45 subscription as a cheque or cash in an envelope labelled with your name and 'Social Fund'. Cheques should be made out to 'Claires Court Sixth Form Social Fund' and not to 'Claires Court School'. We also need the names and £20 for any 'plus ones' who are being invited by 9 Dec.


Sat 5 Dec - Art on the Street.

Mon 7 Dec - Practice exams week - in lesson time.

Thurs 10 Dec - Christmas Lunch and Christmas Jumper day!

Sun 13 Dec - Hamper packing for Lions Club 9.30 - 11.30am at Senior Boys in Sports Hall

Mon 14 Dec and Tues 15 Dec - Lessons as usual but early buses.

Tues 15 Dec - Senior School Carol service 10.45am.

Wed 16 Dec - Last day of term. Dismiss 12 noon.

Wed 16 Dec - Sixth Form Christmas Party 7.30 - 11.30pm.


Please support the homeless by donating any clean adult clothing, footwear and other garments such as hats and gloves. Please bring items to your school office. Further information can be found on our website.


We all wish 'good luck' to Daisy Fowler, Year 12, who will be competing with her team, the Reading Royals Synchronised Swimming Club team, at the Amateur Swimming Association National Age Swimming competition this weekend in Gloucester. We will bring you news of the results in our next bulletin.


Two more notches to the rugby belt! The 1st XV won against Salesian, 17 - 12 with Macs Rees scoring the winning try in the last 5 minutes of the game. The 2nd XV won their match, 15 - 10 against Forest School with hero of the match being James Roach who scored 3 tries.

In the final of the U18 hockey our previously unbeaten side lost to the very well organised team from Gordons. As Mrs Rogers said 'life is like that and we can't always win'.

David Wilding

Last Saturday we heard the very sad news that David Wilding, father of James and Hugh Wilding, and founder of Claires Court with his wife Josephine, had died peacefully overnight at his nursing home in Norfolk. Even after his retirement from day-to-day management of the school in 1989, David retained a keen and active interest in the school’s life, returning to Maidenhead on a frequent basis to participate in strategic meetings and discussions and attend speech days until blindness and increasing frailty made this no longer practical. A full obituary is available on the website and it is planned to celebrate his life at our annual Commemoration Service at the end of next term on 22 March 2016. There will be a Requiem Mass said for David at St Joseph’s Church, Cookham Road, Maidenhead at 11.00 on 23 December. RIP.


Obituary to David Francis Wilding