Claires Court Bulletin



It turns out that boys at Claires Court enjoy politics! By all accounts, the amount of parents who have had to explain proportional representation and hung parliaments to their children has been enormous! I also heard (only when some mischievous older pupils confessed) that their fathers could not pronounce Plaid Cymru! Luckily Miss Morris from Year 1 (and from Wales) has been able to help the staff with these tricky words! We felt it was important that the boys from Reception through to Year 6 have an understanding of the General Election and how democracy can work. I have been immensely impressed with their enthusiasm and energy for this topic - we may have some future MPs in our school.

On the academic front - it was a good job that I replenished my store of Gold Stars. Lots of boys have proudly shown me their work this week, and a few of them are pictured at the bottom of my words.

Alfie Ward, Anthony Chan, Max Van Vuuren and Morgan Munn presented me with some really thoughtful pieces of work. Rayan Rasool in Year 1 joined me in assembly this morning to show us some of the stories that he has written at home when learning his spellings. He has created several beautiful pieces of writing that Year 2 boys would be proud of, and he deserves great credit for his efforts. Similarly I was delighted to hear that Maz Butt and Niam Popat, both in Year 5, represented the school very well in the UK Maths Challenge on Tuesday, taking on some of the other best Maths students in the area. Combining with two students from the girls school, our Claires Court team performed very well and beat a number of larger schools in the process of their work - well done to our Maths heroes! Congratulations also go to Kida Zhu, Téo Rybak, Ojas Arora, Aditya Singh and Jake Bains-Gillespie in qualifying for the Gigafinal over the Bank Holiday weekend, and especially well done to Kida who is still in Year 1. Our cricketers have again had to be patient with the weather - please read through the results in our sports section to see how well the boys have done, but Mr Barber has informed me that a special mention should go to Sam Rollett for his 35 runs last Friday against Thorpe House. Well done Sam.

A few notices - boys in Year 1 to Year 6 will be taking part in some testing next week. If for any reason your son is not in school due to illness please do not worry, he will be able to sit his test another day.

You may have heard that our whole school photograph that was meant to happen on Thursday got postponed. The company that we use ended up at the Senior boys school by mistake…..and then broke down! We have rescheduled the photograph for Monday 18 May.

Our Year 2 Lads and Dads will have the opportunity to share some reading material and survival skills at the Books and Bushcraft evening on Friday 15 May. Having a son in Year 2 myself, I will spend some of the weekend hunting around for an appropriate piece of literature to bring in!

You will start to see notices coming through about our Summer Fete that takes place on Saturday 20 June. This is a huge event that takes meticulous planning from our PTA and I really hope that you will all be able to join us for what is always a wonderful day.

Justin Spanswick

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Summer Social

We are holding our summer social event on Friday 22nd May, so please come and join us for tea & cake on the lawn from 2.15pm until 4.25pm

Summer Fete

Plans for the fete are coming together, but as with every year our biggest challenge is getting volunteers to help. I'd like to ask that every family at the school offers just half an hour of their time. If for some reason you can't join us on the day, there is plenty you can do in the run up, whether it be taking in and sorting through the books and toys that are donated or setting up during the week before. If you are joining us, which we very much hope you are, then your year group will each have a stall/bar/tea tent/activity that they are responsible for and your class rep will be very grateful if you could put your name on the rota to help. Your class rep should be in touch next week about this.


We are also on the hunt for raffle prizes, especially items with a sporting focus to compliment the theme of the fete this year. If you have anything you can donate please contact Emma Robertson -


As with every year we will be sending home plastic cups on Monday 8th June and we'd be very grateful if you could fill them with sweets and treats and wrap them for our tombola. On Thursday 18th June we will be having our traditional silly sock/tacky tie day in exchange for parents bringing in a bottle of something for the teachers tombola, and this year we will also be sending home an empty box which we are hoping you will fill with a cake/cakes for our cake stall. During the week before the fete we will be taking donations of good quality books and toys, so now is a good opportunity to have a good sort out and clear out anything your son may have grown out of.

Nearly New Uniform

Our stocks of nearly new uniform, and in particular sports wear are running incredibly low. If you have anything at all that you can donate please take it in to the office. We'd love to have nearly new uniform on sale at the fete, but can only do this if our stocks are replenished!

I know we're asking a lot of you all in the run up to the fete, but your efforts are very much appreciated!

PTA team


The Arabian Night Summer Ball is now only a few weeks away. We have released our last three tables for sale and are happy to take bookings of 10/12 guests, smaller groups or pairs. Tickets are £65pp, contact us via email to book. In addition to this we are looking for some creative volunteers to help dress the marquee and tables on Friday 12 June all day (during school hours) at the Ridgeway site.If you can help, please email Gill Towell. It will be a fun day with lunch and drinks provided ! Please do get involved if you can.

Gill Towell



We have had a couple of reports from parents of boys suffering with verrucae. The following is some advice from our School Nurse:-

"Verrucae are warts that occur on the soles of our feet. Their appearance will be a flat, hard area of skin and they will often have a small black centre. They can be painful if they press on a sensitive part of the foot and they can take up to 2 years to disappear. If you find that you child has a Verruca and to avoid any disappointing exclusion from school activities such as swimming, judo, karate, please could you do the following:-

* Administer some appropriate topical medication such as Salicylic Acid [available at the chemist].

* Cover the area with a waterproof plaster

* Provide a rubber Verruca sock, especially for swimming."

Our cleaning teams have been advised of the situation and will be taking appropriate action.


Please could we remind parents to adhere to the speed limit along our driveway. The speed limit is 20mph for a reason. The speed limit in the car park is 5mph.


Monday 11 May - Friday 15 May - Test week for Y1 -Y6

Friday 15 May - Y2 Lads and Dads Books and Bushcraft 5pm - 6.30pm

Monday 18 May - Whole School photo rearranged from 7 May which was cancelled due to a wheel falling off the Tempest trailer! Reception - Year 2 to wear their polo shirts and a jumper and Y3 upwards to wear their grey shirt, tie and blazer please.

Tuesday 19 May - Y5 taster afternoon at Claires Court Senior Boys

Wednesday 20 May - Visit from the local Thames Valley Police PCSO for Y1 and Reception

Thursday 21 May - U11 Berkshire Chess Jamboree

Friday 22 May - Y3 recorder concert in the Mezzanine. Parents welcome to attend. 3.20pm - 3.40pm.


Monday 25 May - Friday 29 May - HALF TERM - School closed.

Monday 1 June - Friday 5 June - Food awareness week

Wednesday 3 June - ISA London West Athletics

Friday 5 June - U10 Isle of Wight Cricket Tour

Friday 5 June - Y4 Chembakoli Day


Friday 12 June - Reception - Year 2 Swimming Gala

Friday 19 June - Year 3 & Year 4 Swimming Gala

Friday 26 June - Sports Day -

Reception - Year 1 9.30am - 10.30am

Year 2 & Year 3 11.00am - 12.30pm

Year 4 - Year 6 1.15pm - 3.45pm

Tuesday 7 July - Pre-Prep Concert and 'Graduation' 9.15am.

Wednesday 8 July -Junior Boys Concert and Prize Giving 1.30pm


Monday 11 May - Y4 trip to Highclere Castle

Thursday 14 May - Reception trip to Woolly Firs

Tuesday 2 June - Y5 WW2 Forties Experience Day at Bushey


The Rabbits this week were both from 4Y. James Golding has been extremely polite and kind this week, something which has been commented on by the staff and visitors to the school. James always tries to be his 'Best Self' around school and is worthy winner of one of our Rabbits. In a similar fashion Louis Stewart has also impressed a number of our staff with his polite manner and his kind disposition. Louis is an excellent role model for our younger boys to follow and is a worthy winner of the Rabbit.


It is even more important in exam week to check the timetable for Music , Singing and Drama. Some lessons have been cancelled altogether and some rearranged to other days/afternoons. Please check the link for the up to date timetable.


Thank you to all those parents who have completed their online registration but there are a few who still need to do so. Please use the link to complete this before the next lesson. Thank you.


** SUMMER SPECIAL PRICING** at Holiday Club and Sports Club…. now from £25 per day!

Be part of the ‘Holiday Club Go Green’ theme week this May half-term from Tue 26 to Fri 29 May at the College Avenue site. Now from just £25 per day – see Pricing & Booking for more details. Join Sports Club at the Ridgeway site for two days Athletics Skills Development on Tue 26 & Wed 27 May, and two days Cricket Skills Development on Thu 28 & Fri 29 May. Again, all starting at the same great price per day of £25 . See programme and booking for more details.

Visit our website for calendars, programmes and booking for both clubs.