Claires Court Bulletin



There is very little for us to say this week except to wish our students all the best for a cautious half term break. The majority of students have much work to do in preparing for examinations beginning on the first day back, or for assignments for coursework and BTEC units. However, do find some time to relax and refresh yourself as the hard work leading up to final GCE exams will be building up over the next 3 months. Perhaps this is a useful time to remind parents that anything but the briefest of holidays during the Easter break is not recommended for Sixth Form students if they hope to achieve their grades in May/June.

Andy Giles

Stephanie Rogers


Tom and I are both studying A Level history and were recently given an amazing opportunity by ‘The Holocaust Education Trust’ to attend two seminars, meet a Holocaust survivor and visit the infamous extermination camp: Auschwitz.

We visited the camp on the 4th of February and spent just under seven hours on the Auschwitz site. We had the opportunity to go inside one of the few gas chambers that was not destroyed by the Nazis before the liberation. We also saw the barracks where those who were not selected to be killed stayed, as well as a disturbing exhibition set up by the museum which contained collections of the victims belongings (for example shoes and suitcases) which we both found particularly upsetting. The Camp was vast and the experience was quite surreal, we were shocked by what we saw that day and both struggled to comprehend the horrors of what had happened on the site where we stood. It was a cold day and in our thick warm coats we found ourselves questioning how an individual could manage to survive in the rags they wore. We both found the experience extremely emotional, harrowing and feel we have gained a much greater appreciation and understanding of the awful treatment Jews endured during the Second World War. We are extremely grateful for the opportunity, and were both left feeling passionate about sharing what we have learnt, and hope that over the next few weeks we will have the opportunity to educate other students via both assemblies and lessons.

Lauren Walters and Thomas Williams, Year 12

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Mock GCE exams begin on the first day back after half term, Monday 22 February at 9.00 am in the Sports Hall on the Senior Girls and Sixth Form site. Afternoon exams begin at 2.00 pm. These exams will be run formally according to the rules for external exams. There will be no study leave during the exams week and all lessons will run as normal (unless all of the students are in the exam room).

A provisional timetable for the final external exams in May/June has also been posted to help students and staff with planning. Once all entries have been made this will be checked, and revised if necessary, before making it available to parents. However it may help parents to know that the first AS exams will be on Monday 16 May, and the last A2 exam is on Wednesday 29 June 2016.


On Saturday 6 February the Claires Court Young Enterprise company, Critical Clothing, participated in the YE Trade Fair with eleven other Berkshire and Buckinghamshire school teams at the Queensmere Shopping Centre in Slough selling their branded
t-shirts and sweatshirts. The five man Year 12 team worked on a roster and the boys selected to speak to the judges at midday were Scott Bunce and Frank Gibson. The three judges, who included the Manager of M&S in Slough, a senior executive from the Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Manager of Hinds Jewellers in Slough, were impressed by the boys’ knowledge and selling technique and one of the judges in particular awarded them ten out of ten on several of the ten different YE judging criteria. Despite a very good showing – and sales of several shirts – the team were up against some tough competition and just failed to make the top three teams on the day. This was the second of three trade fairs, the first having been in Maidenhead in January, and the boys have some great ideas for improving their showing at the final trade fair in Windsor at the King Edward Court on 5 March. The culmination of this year’s competition will be the YE SWiM Area Final at the O2 Head Office in Slough on Tuesday 22 March and the boys are determined to keep up the Claires Court tradition of always winning at least one cup.


The Year 12 BTEC Sport group are organising a charity Fun Run to raise money for our 3 for 3 charities this year, Alexander Devine Childrens Hospice, Rosies Rainbow Fund and Daisy's Dream. This will take place on Monday 7 March from 3.30 - 5.00 pm on the College sports field and all Girls from Years 3-11 and Sixth Form are invited to take part. Dress up in your favourite costume, pay £2.50 to enter and have a great time with your friends! As the money goes to charity why not ask your family or friends to sponsor you per lap?

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Mon 15 - Fri 19 Feb - HALF TERM

Mon 22 Feb - Mock GCE exams begin

Wed 24 Feb - Claires Court PTA AGM

Fri 26 Feb - Last day of mock exams

Thurs 10 Mar - Year 12 Parents Evening 6pm

Mon 7 Mar - BTEC Fancy Dress Fun Run for charity 3.30 - 5.00 pm

Mon 7 Mar - Senior Music Concert

Fri 11 Mar - Trip to Royal Holloway University Library (4 students only)

Fri 11 Mar - A2 Media Studies mock exam 2pm HM4

Mon 14 Mar - Year 12 to UCAS Higher Education Exhibition Guildford

Wed 16 Mar - AS Media Studies mock exam 2pm HM4


This outstanding performance of their devised piece, 'The Entertainer', held the audience of students, staff and family members spellbound from beginning to end. It explored the troubled life of Sir Noel Coward (1899 - 1973), his talent, his self doubt and depression and his legacy. We confidently expect top grades for such brilliant performances! Congratulations to Jordan Broatch, Freddie Churchill and Sam Gipple and many thanks to their teacher and director, Mrs Maggie Oliver. Thanks also to Callum Perera of Year 12 who was excellent in managing the lighting and sound.


Year 12 students have registered to attend the UCAS Higher Education Exhibition at the University of Surrey, Guildford, on Monday 14 March. A coach will transport students to and from this event where they will be able to explore the entry requirements to courses of interest. Even students who are currently not sure about going to university should attend, as it will help them to clarify their ideas about further or higher education.


These sessions are open to all students who would like specific help with their studies. Come along any Tuesday lunchtime from 1.00 - 1.30pm with your questions ready. Starts on Tuesday 9 February in HM2/HM3.


A reminder that all parents are welcome to come along to meet the committee and enjoy some refreshments after the meeting. The meeting will be on Wednesday 24 February 2016 at 7.30 pm on the Mezzanine, Sports Hall at Junior Boys.



U 18 A Claires Court defeated Reading Bluecoats 27-16. Victoria Saunders was player of the match in a well-conducted, competitive match.

Football (vs Salesians):

1st XI: Lost 2-0

2nd XI: Drew 2-2

3rd XI: Lost 1-0


The Great Gatsby Ball - 14 May 2016

The marquee’s booked, the themes agreed, so put the date in your diary for the PTA adult social event of the year.... tickets will be on sale from 1 March.