Claires Court Bulletin



Information correct as at 3.00pm Friday 13 January 2017



A week that has involved our youngsters looking and planning for the future. Year 11 are in the middle of GCSE exams because we have taken the strategic decision to use enter for IGCSE in maths and English as well as the standard GCSEs in the summer, effectively giving them two bites of the cherry. Read more >>>


“Take every chance, drop every fear and always reach for the stars!”

During this first full week, the girls have been learning many new and interesting things. Year 6 have been looking closely at a short film: “Alma” during English as a stimulus for some wonderfully creative writing. Year 5 have embarked on a secret mission... Read more >>>


With all the ‘flu like symptons in both staff and children I am glad that this week is coming to an end!

The theme “life in space” has been a great start to our “space” topic this term in the nursery rooms. A variety of activities happened such as creating life sized astronauts (aka Mrs Duxbury and Vidhi!) and clay alien models. The children have looked at related pictures on the iPads and in books... Read more >>>

DATES FOR NEXT WEEK (don't forget to check the website for further dates)

Tuesday 17 January - iGCSE Math Paper 2/JG Parents' Evening/Drug Seminar Talk for SG

Friday 20 January - G11 Meningitis Vaccinations

Emergency Closure Guidance

As the weather gets colder, here are the details in case we need to close the School due to adverse weather conditions.

Campus Calumny

This week’s edition of the Maidenhead Advertiser reports on a meeting held on Tuesday evening last at Cox Green Community Centre to consider the Borough Local Plan. Together with my brother, I attended this meeting at the invitation of one of the Cox Green councillors. At the end of the meeting, there was discussion about our own proposals to create a new campus alongside our Junior Boys site. During the course of this, a local resident stated that he had received letters from parents alleging that the School would ‘pick on’ the pupils of any parent who voiced opposition to the move. As professional educators of long standing, my brother and I wish to categorically refute this slur. We have always welcomed an honest and open interchange of views and opinions with you, our parents, in all matters including these proposals. On occasion we may even agree to differ but whatever the outcome, this would never be visited upon those in our care. We hope shortly to be able to make an announcement about the scheme but if parents do have concerns about our proposals then please feel free to contact me, Hugh Wilding, at


Bulletin Questionnaire

Thank you to everyone that has completed our Bulletin Questionnaire. If you haven’t done so, the form will be open for your feedback until 12 noon on Monday 16 January.

Music Department

All music lessons and activities begin next week, including Year 4 project lessons.

Wednesday 25th January- 5.30pm: Singing Concert. Girls learning with Mrs Barter and Mrs Foster will be taking part in a singing concert held in the Main Hall. All parents and friends are welcome to attend. A letter with further information will be going home shortly to those involved.

Swimarathon - Lions Club

Thank you to those girls from G3 to G9 who took part last Saturday in the Swimarathon at the Magnet Leisure Centre. We have a total of £600 in pledges for the Lions Club - well done and what a great way to spend the afternoon and raise money for the charity.

G11 Reports

The Year 11 Reports are coming home today, Friday 13 January, via pupil post - please ask your daughter for them.


Please find link here regarding student costume requests for the forthcoming Dance Show. Further details regarding tickets will be advertised on the website/bulletin this Friday 20 January.



Pack your suitcases, ready to travel the world in 5 days of Holiday Activities – from Monday 13 to Friday 17 February. Experience the smells, music & culture along the way. Click here to find out more!



G10 Art Trip to Tate Britain Thursday 26 January - consent slip and payment by Friday 20 January


SKI 1 - 9 APRIL 2017 Final installment overdue now - payment by Monday 16 January

G10 Geography to Margam Park Thursday 16 - Sunday 19 March 2017 - consent slip and deposit by Friday 27 January


Going Feral about Education…lessons from South Korea


January Blues?! Accelerated Reader House Winner

Congratulations to all the Year 7 girls who have made a fantastic start to the academic year with our reading development scheme, ‘Accelerated Reader’. Not only are many girls well on their way to becoming ‘Word Millionaires’ but special congratulations must go to St Francis, whose members read the most words in the Autumn Term! Well done girls! ‘Blue’ prizes are on their way to you…

ISA National Essay Competitions

Entries are now open for the 2017 ISA Essay competitions, open to pupils in Years 5-13. There is a choice of essay titles for each of the four age groups, offering a variety of genres to suit different interests. Come to the Library to find out more and or see the full details on the ISA website. Closing date: Monday 20 March 2017.

SPORT please look on our website for all information

Junior and Senior Fixtures:

16-01-17 to 20-01-17: Dance Audition week for juniors and seniors.

16-01-17: U10A&B, U11A&B Hockey vs Highfield at Braywick

16-01-17: U13A&B Hockey vs Beaconsfield High School away

17-01-17: U15 Hockey @ Charters

18-01-17: U18 Super League Netball @ Shiplake

18-01-17: U14 RBWM Netball @ Furze Platt

19-01-17: U12A&B Hockey @ St Mary's

19-01-17: U10A&B, U11A&B Hockey vs Oldfield at Braywick

21-01-17: ISA Swimming Nationals