Claires Court Bulletin



Dear Parents,

After a successful first week, students are enjoying a full programme of activities, including all sports training for Hockey, Rugby and Netball. Preparations are also under way for the Drama performance in November at Norden Farm. Young Enterprise especially is enjoying immense popularity with record numbers attending meetings. The subject teachers and Mrs Rogers have been extremely impressed with the commitment and application of the new cohort of students who are clearly thriving on the courses they have chosen. Mr Giles has met with all the Year 13 students individually to help them put their plans in action for the next nine months.

Best wishes

Andy Giles

Stephanie Rogers


The Age of Reason v the Age of Enlightenment


Our Sixth Form students were delighted to meet Dr Estelle Moore on Tuesday 13th September. One student said her presentation on forensic psychology was 'both fascinating and inspiring'. Dr Moore has been the lead clinical and forensic psychologist at Broadmoor Hospital since 2000, the professional lead for psychological services for the West London Mental Health NHS Trust since 2012 and the current Visiting Professor of Forensic Psychology, University of Kingston.

Dr Moore explained that applied psychology is typically a blend of art and science, taking evidence into practice; she outlined the nature of forensic psychology in particular and spoke about the high secure hospital, Broadmoor, in which she works. Her insights into the daily life of an employee there as well as the background of a typical patient were most interesting. Dr Moore explained that clinicians are invested with the responsibility of assessing and deciding how dangerous a person is and how to make them stop wanting to hurt others.

A number of our students intend to take psychology at university once their A Level studies are complete and several are now even more sure they want to focus on forensic psychology. Dr Moore said it was good to see our Sixth Form again and to participate in the school’s goal of inspiring young people to make their contribution in life! Great students; good questions and so much potential.


Claires Court Young Enterprise teams look like they are heading for a bumper year. Forty eager Claires Court Year 12 students have already signed up for the new programme and their progression into the YE Company Programme proper will depend upon their performance before a Dragons Den team of Mr Bevis, Mr Giles, Mrs Rogers and Mrs Goyal on Tuesday 27th September. This year we are aiming to be YE SWiM Champions and who knows what could happen after that.

JEANS FOR GENES DAY - 23 September 2016

Please help us support this charity by wearing your jeans for the day on Friday 23 September - £1.00 donation


Tues 20 Sept - Guest speaker Matt Latimer from Gap 360 to speak to Sixth Form

Thurs 22 Sept - Personal Statements talk for Year 13

Thurs 22 Sept - Speech Day, Pearce Suite, Magnet Leisure Centre - 2pm

Fri 23 Sept - National Citizen Service to present to Sixth Form in assembly

Fri 23 Sept - Jeans for Genes Day, £1 for the privilege of wearing denim

Mon 26 Sept - Year 13 Parents' Evening 6pm in Hall

Tues 27 Sept - OPEN MORNING 9.30 - 11.30am on all sites

Fri 30 Sept - UK University Search Fair, Emirates Stadium (

Mon 10 Oct - Year 12 Parents' Evening 6pm in Hall

Sat 15 Oct - Annual Fireworks at Junior Boys

Pupil Personal Effects Insurance and Pupil Accident Insurance

A reminder to parents that all pupils (with the exception of nursery pupils for Personal Effects Insurance) are covered by your school fees. Full details of the cover provided is available on the Letters and Notices Page (General) page of the School website


Sixth Form students now all have a red lanyard with badge attached which allows them electronic entry to the College Ave site where the Sixth Form is based.

Please could parents help to remind their son or daughter that they MUST wear their lanyard every day and use it to touch the key pad for every entry and exit from the building, even if the door is already open. Sixth Formers must always enter and leave the building via the front door and the reception area and not via the atrium door even if it is open.

Next week arrivals and exits will be monitored, until students have acquired the correct procedure automatically.

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Court Circular 2015-16 arrives with families this Friday. As well as sharing news of the massive range of activity that takes place across the year, this issue also contains all the main sports events and tours as well as a Creative Corner. Shortly the online Sports Circular will also be available via the website and this will include all the team reports.

The material is not the work of the editor, but that of the pupils as well as the teaching and coaching staff and it is to them that thanks should be given for providing such a great range of material.

Whilst this issue is a bumper edition, the aim is for it to be fully inclusive so that all can enjoy and share in the activities in which pupils across all the sites have taken part. It is the culmination of a year’s work and we look forward to an equally busy and rewarding year in 2016-17.

If your copy did not arrive home as expected please jog the memory of your Sixth Form student who may still have it in their bag or locker!


Can we please remind all Sixth Form drivers and parents to respect our School neighbours. Please refrain from obstructing any driveways. Can we also request that whilst you wait you switch off your engines.

Speech Day 2016

If you have received an invitation to Speech Day, please let us know you will be attending so we can ensure a space is reserved for you.


We are pleased to welcome Matt Latimer who will be coming to speak to the Sixth Form about the advantages of taking a gap year. Matt is from Gap 360, a specialist gap year company, which offers over 200 programmes in over 50 destinations worldwide, giving students the opportunity to learn new skills, teach and volunteer during their gap year. All students are welcome. Matt will be speaking in HM4 for 3.30 - 4.15pm next Tuesday.


Debating Club continues on Tuesday lunchtime at 1.35 pm, and Psychology Club on Thursday, also at 1.35 pm. Both will be held in HM1 with Ms Lamagna.

Rugby Report

The 1st and 2nd rugby teams had their first league matches of the season on Wednesday against two very strong Haliford sides on what was one of the warmest September days ever! The conditions aided both Claires Court teams, allowing slick handling and a fast tempo. Both our teams came out on top with the 1st XV winning 24-16 and the 2nd XV winning 31-12.

Owain Griffiths, Rugby Captain