Claires Court Bulletin



Year 12 have been concentrating on arranging work experience for the summer holidays this week. We already have students who have secured places to work with film editors and also at Sytner, Rahab and Sandhurst. Next week, the focus shifts to looking at university grade entrance requirements which will help to motivate the students to pursue top grades in the mock and summer exams.

In Year 13, Mr Giles is just concluding all of his one to one mentoring sessions with the students, who now know where they are in terms of grades and know what has to be done to achieve what is needed as they move on after their time at Claires Court Sixth Form.

Andy Giles

Stephanie Rogers


Mon 6 February - Year 13 BTEC Sport trip to Skiplex Snow Centre

Tues 7 February - Dr Fegan-Earl talk on Forensic Pathology, 3.30pm HM4

Wed 8 Februaury - Dance show 7-9pm

Thurs 9 February - Dance show 2-4pm & 7-9pm

Thurs 9 February - Heathrow Jobs & Careers Fair, Sofitel Hotel, T5, Heathrow

Fri 10 Feb - break up 3.25pm for Half term holidays

Mon 20 February - return to school

Mon 20 - Fri 24 February - Mock AS and A Level exams all week

Tues 28 February - Maths trip to the Hexagon, Reading

Fri 3 March - Year 12 grade cards to parents via students

Mon 6 March - Year 12 Parents' Evening 6pm

Mon 6 March - Year 13 grade cards to parents via students

Wed 8 March - Year 13 History Conference, London

Tues 14 March - HE day to Surrey University for Year 12

Thurs 16 March - Year 13 Parents' Evening 6pm

Fri 24 March - EPQ visit to Royal Holloway

Mon 27 March - A2 Drama moderation

Wed 29 March - break up for Easter holidays at 12 noon

Fri 31 March - Mon 3 April - Psychology trip to Vienna

Tues 18 April - Sixth Form Art Life Drawing 9.30am-1pm

Wed 19 April - Return to school

Mon & Tues 8 & 9 May - AS & A2 Art Exams

Tues 9 May - A2 PE Moderation all day

Fri 12 May - A2 PE Moderation if required

Thurs 29 June - Sixth Form Prom. 7pm Birds Hill Golf Centre, Maidenhead.


You are warmly invited to attend the AGM of the Claires Court PTA on 23 February. This is an opportunity for all to hear what activities the PTA creates throughout the year as well as the contributions it makes to enhance the school experience of the boys and girls. After the brief formalities, refreshments are available and the presentation of the PTA Award is made. All are encouraged to attend and understand the contribution the PTA makes to school life.
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.

Year 12 Young Enterprise groups

Our Young Enterprise groups will be selling their wares at the Slough Trade Fair on Saturday 4th February. They will be at the Queensmere Shopping Centre, Slough in the Leopald Mall next to Debenhams from 9am - 3pm.

'Strike Vinyl' will be selling their vinyl clocks. Mr Wilding, Mr Giles, Mrs Rogers and Mrs Hall have all bought a clock made from an LP of their favorite band/artist. 'String-line' will be selling their ear-phone fish tidys and 'Lagoon' will be selling their " squash and go" cups. They would love to see you on the day so please come along and support them and purchase some of their great products.

Sixth Form Mock Exams Mon 20 Feb - Fri 24 Feb

Mock exams for Sixth Form will be taking place from Monday 20 February all week until Friday 24 February. All exams (with the exception of Music Technology) will take place in the Main Hall at the College. Morning exams begin at 9.15am and afternoon exams at 1.45pm. There will be no exams on the afternoon of Wednesday 22 February so that students may go to Games afternoon. Normal lessons will be taking place all week for students when they do not have exams.

We have a larger Sixth Form than ever this year, with many Year 12s taking four subjects. There are 49 exams taking place in the week. Inevitably, several students will have clashes. We have tried to identify any clashes with the help of the students and rearrange any exams for them. The mock exam timetable will be emailed separately to all parents.

Reading University Scholars Programme

We are delighted to inform you that Tilly Butler in Year 12 has been awarded a place on the Reading Scholars programme 2016/17 (Languages - French strand). Last year, Sophie Corrigall was awarded a place, also on the French course, and we are fortunate that we have the calibre of students who are highly sought after for this programme - Reading university received well over 250 applications for the Reading Scholars programme this year.

The programme is highly beneficial to a student's academic development and understanding of study in Higher Education. Featuring input from leading academics, current undergraduate students and e-mentors, the Reading Scholars programme helps to challenge students academically and extend subject knowledge, creating the potential to improve A Level performance. We congratulate Tilly on her place.

National Citizen Service

Unfortunately the talk by Stephanie Bright on the NCS to Year 12 students has had to be postponed until Tuesday 7 March. However, here is some information on NCS and what it is all about.

NCS is a part-residential programme of 18 days in the summer, spread over four weeks, which focuses on physical, personal and creative challenges. This helps to empower young people and enables them to build the skills and confidence to get ahead in work and life. The cost is usually £50 but if you apply as a Claires Court student, you can get this at a reduced fee of £35 if you apply before 14 February.

To learn more about NCS, visit the website or email Stephanie Bright on

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Tuesday 7 February HM4 3.30pm - Visit from Dr Fegan-Earl

Dr Fegan-Earl will be coming into school on Tuesday to talk to students about his work in Forensic Pathology. This is already proving to be very popular with students (and staff who would also like to come along) so look out for a potential room change depending on numbers. This presentation would be particularly useful for any students contemplating Medicine, Psychology, Law or Bio-Medical sciences at university.
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