Claires Court Bulletin



Dear Parents,

It was a pleasure to see so many parents on Thursday evening at what was the Y13 students' final Parents Evening! There were many conversations about how the students can ensure they are best prepared for their final exams and how to maximise the marks on their BTEC assignments. Both Year 12 and Year 13 students are perfectly clear about the importance of using the Easter break wisely; how they should get the balance of enjoying some rest and relaxation as well as spending plenty of time revising and completing BTEC work as there are only a few weeks remaining before the exam season is underway.

Thank you to those who have volunteered to help with the Easter Egg Hunt this Saturday at CCJB. We do hope the sun shines!

Next week we wish good luck to the Year 12 drama students for their moderation at Norden Farm, and also to the five Duke Of Edinburgh students who are off on their Silver Award expedition on Tuesday and Wednesday.

We wish all parents and students a very happy and refreshing Easter.

Andy Giles

Stephanie Rogers


Well done to the Claires Court rowing crew who won the Junior Quads at the Schools’ Head of the River Race for the first time in our School’s history.

The boys beat 30 other quads from all over the country. Congratulations Jono Cameron, Alex Richardson, Oliver Costley and Finlay Gronmark.

Tom Jost, Head of Rowing said, “It’s a great end to a hard winter’s training and puts us in an encouraging position for the regatta season to come. Our eight also rowed at the event, coming 14th in their category, again a positive performance for this time of year.”


Year 12 students studying for their Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) were able to broaden their research using the extensive resources of Royal Holloway Libraries. As part of the University of London, Royal Holloway has access to many specialist collections and a multitude of online databases and periodicals. With an eclectic mix of EPQ topics this year, ranging from the religious reforms of Constantine I to heart function, the visit ensured every student was able to find suitable information sources on which to base their research.


On Tuesday 22 March the Young Enterprise team will be at the O2 HQ, competing in the Young Enterprise Area Final. They will present their company to the judges and be interviewed at their trade stand. We wish them the very best of luck.


On Wednesday evening 16 March music students from Years 10 to 12 attended the opera 'The magic Flute ' at the London Coliseum.

"The version of the opera that we saw was modernised and included many different special effects such as the instrumentalists using paper to create the image of birds by fluttering the paper around and the use of a chalkboard which was then projected as a backdrop. This meant that the artist drawing on the chalk board could set the scene and make it clear to the audience where the scene was set.

Unusually, the orchestra was only in a shallow orchestral pit, we really enjoyed being able to see the orchestra and how it was laid out as it was very different to a classical symphony orchestra. There was interaction between the instrumentalists and the singers and that included the solo flute player becoming part of the action on stage. There was also a box filled with percussion and see how the instrumentalist was producing the sounds such as rain and footsteps.

Overall the whole group enjoyed the trip and the students would like to thank Miss Goodsell for organising it as we all had a great time." By Millie, Music Prefect


Emily Richardson has just qualified for the Rider Development selection process.

Emily told us:

'To qualify for the rider development selection process l had to submit evidence that I had jumped nationally at 1m 10cm and above, and achieved a minimum of 4 clear rounds at this height. I also needed an endorsement from my District Commissioner and a reference from my trainer (Caroline Breen). Having submitted these I then had to wait a month to receive confirmation that I had qualified.'

The next stage in the qualification process will involve attending a regional selection day at the Kent Trial day on 6 April 2016. The top three riders from this group will be selected onto the rider development programme which is funded by Sport England. If Emily is selected onto the team she will get top coaching and training from UK coaches as well as getting her name known for future competitions.


At last we have been advised that these are on the way and should reach us no later than Wednesday 23 March. We apologise for the long, unexpected delay which was due to a factory closure of one month for Chinese New Year! As soon as these reach the school they will be put up on the Parent Payment Portal so that you can order one in time for the return after the Easter break.


Commemoration Service

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.


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 after Easter.


Oh to win a million dollars…


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

Mon 21 Mar - Years 12 & 13 Psychology Trip

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

Tues 22 and Wed 23 Mar - Silver Award DofE expedition

Tues 22 Mar - Commemoration Service

Wed 23 Mar - Last day of term Dismiss 12 noon

Fri 25 Mar - CC vs Desborough 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

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


Congratulations to the U18 Rugby 7s team who won the ISA tournament at Cheltenham on Wednesday.

Although the 1st XI football match against Gordons School was cancelled, the 2nd XI team won
2 - 0.

There was no U18 netball match this week although the girls enjoyed a friendly match.