Claires Court Bulletin



Dear Parents,

This has been a very long term, culminating in the Christmas tests this week. All the students deserve a good break and we wish you all a restful and happy Christmas.

Best wishes

Andy Giles

Stephanie Rogers


BBC News: Wales Pisa results: ‘Little will be learned’


w/c Mon 12 Dec - Early buses this week

Tues 13 Dec - Carol Service St Lukes 11am

Wed 14 Dec - End of term - 12 noon

Wed 14 Dec - Sixth Form Christmas Party, Magnolia Park, Hughenden Valley 7.30pm -11.30pm

Wed 4 Jan 2017 - First day of term

Sat 7 Jan 2017 - Swimarathon 2017 at the Magnet Leisure Centre. 6-7pm

Fri 13 Jan 2017 - Sixth Form reports posted

w/c Mon 20 Feb 2017 - Mock exams week

Independent Schools Association Whitbread Memorial Prize 2016

The Independent Schools Association prestigious Whitbread Memorial Prize is awarded annually to the pupil in the independent sector who achieves the highest GCSE scores over eight subjects and also shows outstanding involvement in other aspects of school and community life. We are absolutely delighted to announce that the winner for 2016 is one of our own students from Claires Court, Todd Lindley. Many congratulations to Todd on this incredible achievement.

Charity Clothing Donations

This year, we welcome donations of clean clothing, which are to be used locally within the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead to support those who are sleeping rough or are homeless. Please drop bags of any clothing you wish to donate to one of the three school offices. Many thanks for your generosity.

Reporting absence - Calling the school

Please check you have the correct number in your phone.

If your daughter/son is unwell please telephone the Sixth Form Office on 01628 411489 by 9.30am on each day of the sickness (you can leave a voicemail message if 'out of hours' and this will be picked up) or email

PLEASE NOTE: The registrar's’ number as listed on the website should only be used for admissions/moving up enquiries.

Sixth Form lanyards

All Sixth Form students are required to bring in and wear their lanyards at all times. Some Sixth Form students are still forgetting to bring in their lanyards. Please could we ask for your help in reminding students to ensure they have them every morning. A charge will be made for any lost lanyards or photocards. Thank you.

Copas Turkey Offer

Order online using code ‘CCS16’ to earn the School PTA £5. Anyone collecting their turkeys that they ordered on this offer will be able to go and say hello to a couple of Santa’s helpers and have their picture taken too. As well as meeting the reindeer there will be many other treats including wine tasting, cooking and carving demonstrations, a choir and Father Christmas himself.

Music Exams

Many congratulations to James Roach in Year 13 who has just passed his Grade 6 Clarinet exam with merit. Well done to both James, and his teacher, Mrs Leech-Bendell.

Charity News - FoodShare

Laura Tonkinson and George Durrant were eager volunteers at Foodshare this week, There was lots of work to be done, dating the crates of food that had arrived before it could go onto the shelves and Laura and George worked solidly at a very fast pace. Mrs Burdett who was also there helping, described them as absolute stars.

We are still collecting donations here and volunteers are also encouraged to help to ensure the food items get to those who need it as soon as possible. Thank you for your help.

Christmas Jumper day - Friday 9 December

The Sixth Form got into the spirit of Christmas today with the wearing of Christmas Jumpers. Not content with a jumper, Mr Giles was to be found sporting a seasonal onesie! They raised over £100 for charity.
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Sixth Form Christmas Tree at StLukes

Every year the Sixth Form decorate a tree at St Luke's Church. This year the tree was decorated with beautiful snow flakes cut out by the students in quiet reflection time with Mrs Rogers at the Monday lunchtime sessions. Although sometimes the cutting out felt more stressful than relaxing, especially when Mr Giles managed to cut the wrong parts and needed emergency sellotape to rescue the snowflakes. The Sixth Form tree looks beautiful and can be seen by the students when they attend the Carol Service on Tuesday 13 December.

Sports News

Rugby Report

Forest v 2nd XV

The 2nd XV had a great match against Forest, after their 1sts cancelled their match just hours before the start. Claires Court played some fabulous rubgy, motivated by the fact that if they scored 4 tries and won by 7 clear points, then they would win the league. Some great tries by Teo Gaster, Ed Axtell, Matt Simmons, Lewis Hughes and Tom Worthington, together with 2 conversions by Max Williamson made it a strong Claires Court victory. The final score of 0-29 ensured the team also won the league. Many congratulations to all the players on a tremendous achievement.

Ed Axtell

2nd XV team captain

GPS Tracking

Mr Carter trialled some exciting new technology during the Forest match. Claires Court now have 2 GPS tracking units similar to those used by professional and international sports teams - the players wear them under their shirts and they give accurate data on the players' workload throughout a game. Mr Carter said "using the data we can modify our training to make sure it accurately replicates what players are doing in a game, as well as using it as a coaching tool to show players where they could be contributing more. Ex-Head boy and Maidenhead 1st XV player Ross Muil will be wearing it in his match on Saturday to give the boys a bench mark to aim for." Ed Axtell and Matt Simmons used them in the Forest match and their data is posted here.

Mr Carter

Rugby Coach