Claires Court Bulletin



Information correct as at 3.00pm Friday 24 February 2017



Education has taken a bit of a battering in the press this week with Headteacher’s resigning over school budget cuts, and the Education Select Committee criticising the government's teacher recruitment and retention planning. Fortunately we at Claires Court have no issues over staff and teaching resource budgets but we have noticed that teacher recruitment is getting more difficult.

We are fortunate in that we are known to be good school to work in, where teachers are free to prepare creative lessons and not be restricted by a narrow curriculum.. Read more >>>

Apologies before half-term a few of Paul's words were missed off. You can read them here >>>


“Take every chance, drop every fear and always reach for the stars!”

This week the girls experienced a falconry day which saw every class meet a variety of special birds including; a Cuckoo Barra, two Owls, an African Falcon and a Raven. This day was initially organised for Year 6 to link with their class book, Skellig, which links so well to their topic of the Unexplained. The sessions with Falconry UK were incredible and some of us felt quite starstruck when we learned that... Read more >>>


Spring is on the way so imagine our joy when Harry’s Mummy brought in four one week to eleven day old lambs for the morning on Tuesday for the children to observe and cuddle. A pen was created in our garden area, thanks to our maintenance staff, and the lambs were free to run around when not in the arms of children and staff. What a wonderful learning opportunity for the children and we cannot thank Miss Vincent enough for doing this... Read more >>>


The Principals are pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs Margaret Heywood to the role of Head of Senior Girls with effect from September 2017.

Mrs Heywood, has considerable leadership experience within our organisation, most recently as Assistant Head with responsibility for pastoral care at Senior Girls. She also has experience as a Claires Court parent with two daughters passing from Nursery through to Sixth Form with us.

We are delighted that Mrs Heywood will be taking the lead role for this division and continuing to develop the good work she has initiated to inspire our girls to achieve further success. She will be working closely alongside the existing team at College Avenue (as below), all reporting directly to James Wilding as Academic Principal:

Mrs Sheena Wilding, Head of Nursery

Miss Leanne Barlow, Head of Junior Girls

Mr Andy Giles, Head of Sixth Form

What's Planned for World Book Day

Two visits, a challenge, free books and a competition! It's looking like a busy day at Junior and Senior Girls. Read more by clicking here...


Disabled Parking Bays - Blue Badge Holders

A reminder that the disabled parking bays are for Blue Badge holders only. Please also respect these spaces by not blocking access to them - they are required for use at all times.

Bulletin and Travel Survey

We would like to thank all parents who responded to these surveys. The feedback received was extremely helpful and we are now following up on your comments and suggestions. Watch this space for further news…..

Save the Children - Christmas Jumper Day

A big thank you for taking part in the Christmas Jumper Day - we raised a generous £479.00 - not bad for a bunch of daft jumpers!


If you haven't done so already please return your reply slip and payment by Monday 27 February. Please can the girls remember to bring in a prop and an item of clothing to support each individual act.

Reporting Absence

All absences must be reported to the School Office on 01628 411480 by 9.30am - any messages left before the office opens at 8.00am will be picked up and the Form Tutor advised. Please follow up with a letter confirming the reason for absence.

Mobile Phones

If parents need to contact their daughters during the school day please telephone the office for the message to be given to them - the girls will not have access to their mobile 'phones during the school day.

Tuesday 28 February

Nearly New Uniform Sale - Being held in the Dining Hall 3pm - 5pm

Pancake Day - Shrove Tuesday - Pancakes with various fillings will be on sale in the Food Tech room during morning break for 50p

Wednesday 1 March - JG Internet Safety Talk 7.00pm at Girls School

JG Parents invited to listen to Paul Hay on keeping safe when using the internet.

Thursday 2 March - Girls World Book Day

All the Junior Girls are invited to dress up as their favourite character. This year they can come dressed in full costume. Please find further information on World Book Day here

Thursday 2 March - G9 Parents Evening 6.00pm - 8.00pm

The G9 have been given the appointment sheets for you to see their subject teachers.

Friday 3 March - JG Class Photos

Group class photos taking place - smiling faces please.

PTA News - Save the Dates

Uniform Sales - Tuesday 28 February & Monday 19 June

Nearly new uniform sales being held in the Junior/Senior girls Dining Hall from 3pm to 5pm. Please find the link to the labels and 'Seller Form' for your items to be sold.

Easter Event - Saturday 18 March CCJB

Our Annual Easter Event is being held on Saturday 18 March between 12-2pm. This year the theme is Alice in Wonderland. As well as the Easter trail, where you answer the clues to win a chocolate prize, there is a competition to make a hat for the Mad Hatter. More information can be found here.

DANCE SHOW DVD 2017 - Don't forget to order!

We have extended the date to Monday 27 February for handing in your orders to the office.

MUSIC EVENTS - Save the Dates! Letters have been emailed home

Tuesday 7 March 2pm - GR to G3 Concert: All girls in Reception to Year 3 will be performing.

Thursday 9 March 2pm - G4 to G6 Concert: Thursday 9 March 2pm. All girls in Year 4-6 will be performing.



G1 Natural History Museum Wednesday 1 March - consent slip by Monday 27 February

G8 Ashmolean and Pitt Rivers Museum Tuesday 28 February - consent slip by Monday 27 February


G7 Rushall Farm Monday 6 March - consent slip by Monday 27 February - urgent!

G10 History Trip to Ypres Friday 21 to Saturday 22 April - consent and deposit by Monday 27 February - urgent!

G10 & G11 Geography Trip to Iceland 31 October - 3 November - deposit due by Monday 27 February - urgent!


Parking Technology instead of giving up Chocolate for Lent

SPORT please look on our website for all information


Monday 27 February - U13A Hockey vs Holyport @ Braywick 3pm

Tuesday 28 February - U15 & U16 Hockey @ Braywick

Wednesday 1 March - U11 A & B Netball vs Godstowe away

Wednesday 1 March - RBWM U14A& B Netball Tournament

Wednesday 1 March - U18A Netball vs Redham away

Wednesday 1 March - U18B Netball vs Upton Court@ Home

Saturday 4 March - ISA National Cross Country