Claires Court Bulletin



It was wonderful to see our school community work together through some of the challenges that life can set. While explaining to a parent on Open Day how lucky we are to have such great facilities, the power decided to cut out leaving us in darkness!!! Good timing!! With no quick fix coming from the electric company, our staff and pupils pulled together and ended up having a wonderfully adventurous day. As you will see from some of my pictures, lunch was mainly a ‘cold’ affair with lots of the staff chipping in to make sandwiches. Lessons in the afternoon were either outside in the shadows, up in our mezzanine, in the thicket, or under skylights. With no electric bell, I was forced to ring the ‘old ’ school bell…..something the boys found very amusing! I would however, like to thank all of you for your patience at pick up time. Our car park is extremely busy at the best of times, but with most of our boys being picked up at 4pm, it was arguably our busiest day this academic year.

Having set the ‘best meal ever’ writing challenge to Reception through to Year 4 boys, I have been very pleased with how many of the boys have responded already. We have some beautifully descriptive work. Year 5 and 6 have the chance to enter into the ISA National Writing competition, and I hope to see many of the boys volunteer for this.

Football matches have been taking place despite the state of our pitches, and many congrats go to our Year 6 boys who had some brilliant matches with Courthouse school on Wednesday. I particularly enjoyed watching the B team in their 4-4 draw. The C team did very well too and dug in to get a 0-0 draw, while the A team managed to break through the Courthouse defence a number of times and won comfortable 7-1, with Harly Hutchings scoring a well deserved hat trick. On the sporting front, our Cross Country running stars have travelled to Sherfield School today to race against some of the best athletes in the region. I will update you on their progress next week.

The highlight of the week for me was the Year 4 Harry Potter party that took place on Thursday evening. Brilliantly organised by Mrs Davies, and supported by so many of our staff in fancy dress (please see some of the pictures!), the boys enjoyed a wonderful evening where they got to read, to listen, to watch, to learn, to create, and to play….they even had their own magic tested by Mrs Notts ‘Am I a magician?’ tester. There were some interesting results!

I was also lucky enough to be invited to the Senior Boys school on Friday to accompany many of our Year 6 parents and pupils to their interviews. I have been away from CCSB for some time and was reminded just how happy and caring the environment is there - it was most enjoyable. Mr Rayer (Headteacher) and Mrs Selzer (Director of Studies) took the boys through their paces and were very impressed by the boys manners, their attitude, and their abilities.

It leaves me to wish you all a safe and happy weekend. I have studied the form of the Six Nations in detail over the last fortnight and am happy to report that England will beat Scotland by at least 12 points….in saying that, I also believed that Liverpool would beat Leicester City earlier in the week!!! Let’s wait and see!

Justin Spanswick


Information on the competitions and how to order tickets for our Easter event will be coming home with the boys next week. Having had a sneak peak at the clues for the Easter trail, I would strongly suggest the boys should dig out a copy of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and swot up in preparation!

Emma Robertson


The Great Gatsby Ball - 14 May 2016

The marquee is 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 soon.

A line of Best Fit – Children, Education and Health


Monday 8 February - Year 5 French Breakfast

Tuesday 9 February - Auditions for Ridgeway's Got Talent 8.30am - 10am

Tuesday 9 February - Year 5 Secondary Schools talk 6.30pm for 7pm

Saturday 12 February - UK Chess Challenge Tournament in the Sports Hall 2pm - 6pm - all are welcome to attend

Monday 15 February - Friday 19 February ** HALF TERM **


Tuesday 9 February - Year 1 visit the Natural History Museum

Wednesday 10 February - Reception visit Pizza Express


Hometime collection

It has come to our attention that parents have started parking in the staff car park at the front of the school at the end of the day. This is strictly prohibited as we have to look after the safety of children at all times. We have buses in and out of that car park area and therefore all parents must park in the designated car park by the sports hall. We cannot allow parents to collect through the front door / through the coach gate between 3.30pm and 5.15pm. If you have to drop anything in quickly during the school day or you have been called to collect your son as a medical emergency/sick then you may park in the visitor bays.

Reception and Year 1 morning drop off

To help your child with his independance, in Reception and Year 1, we are happy for you to put their bags away but the boys must then go out into the playground to play until the bell goes unless otherwise instructed to come inside in the event of bad weather etc. They will line up and the teacher on duty will bring them into class and you can say goodbyes before they line up.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Class group photos

The class group photos were distributed this week. Please ensure all order are received in the office by Wednesday 10 February.


Boys who have signed up for Ridgeway's Got Talent will be able to take part in the audition process on Tuesday 9 February 8.30am - 10.00am in the mezzanine.
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Our Rabbit winners this week are Theo Walton (RY) and Moksha Suriarachichi (2G). Theo showed great maturity and was incredibly kind to one of his classmates this week ensuring that his friend was okay. Moksha is constantly his best self and works very hard both in and out of class to look after his friends and be kind to others. Both boys are worthy winners.



Spaces still available at Holiday Club’s 'World of Animals' week this coming holiday – Mon 15 to Fri 19 Feb… located at the Junior/Senior Girls site.

Book now for Sports Club’s Multi-Sport days – Tue 16 to Thu 18 Feb… located at the Junior Boys site.

> more details - activity highlights, programme and booking on our website -

Last DAY to get … free extended sessions for CC Junior and Senior pupils, and a hot lunch option (holiday club only) – ends TODAY (FRI 5 FEB)


Karate Parents - we need your online Tournament forms completed ASAP please see the link below

(Thank you to those who have already returned the online form)

Best regards