Claires Court Bulletin



I still find it amazing how a bit of sunshine can have such a dramatic affect on everyone’s outlook!! This has been a wonderful week at school, some may argue this is because it has only been four days long! Our staff have taken every opportunity to bring their curriculum to the outdoors and our boys have relished learning in such a practical and ‘hands on’ manner.

I am going to slightly amend my Head’s Words from now on and allow some of my staff the opportunity to inform you of success in their specialist areas. You will be reading not just my observations, but also those of Mr Butterfield our Head of Sport, Mr Hogg who leads our Chess teams, and possibly a few more!

Right! Very well done to Alistair Jesseman, Edward Verstringhe, Dylan Chaddha and Jack Mundy who together showed a great deal of nerve and resilience as they competed against other schools last Saturday at the ThinkTank Olympic Tournament. The competition was very tough but they scored enough points to become joint 5th and must be congratulated for their positive sportsmanship qualities.

In assembly this morning I was able to congratulate our many scholarship winners from Year 6 who are already setting their sights on our Senior Boys school and other local schools. In the picture gallery you will see these boys, and some lovely work from Anthony Chan in Year 1 and Josh Sharma in Year 2. There are also some great snaps of our school in action over the past four days.

I will be addressing the issues relating to pupil assessment in my next set of words. In a week where ten’s of thousands of pupils were withdrawn by their parents mainstream testing due to inappropriate and in some cases irrelevant pitching of material and questions, I will be sharing with you our vision for pupil tracking and assessment at Claires Court. You will also be receiving more detailed information on our Pupil Problem Solving week at the end of May.

I am pleased to inform you again that Mrs Payne continues to baffle science and modern medicine and is making good progress in hospital. My staff who have visited her this week are marvelling at her complete disregard of the ailments she has! Long may this continue.

I hope you enjoy the sunshine and have lovely weekend.

Justin Spanswick


This week you may have seen huge smiles on the faces of all of the sports staff and the pupils as summer appears to have made an appearance. As a result Year 4, 5 & 6 have all played competitive fixtures against a good variety of opposition. There have been some fantastic wins for the U9 against Long Close and the U11 against Thorpe House. I was lucky enough to watch some of the U9 fixture and special mention must go to Joseph Brittain and Finn Keylock for some superb batting scoring 20 not out and 30 not out respectively. Mr Goddard reported that the U11A team also batted extremely well and scored one of the highest totals (161) he can remember a CCJB team scoring. The fielding was also extremely impressive with Sam Mead doing some fantastic work at wicketkeeper. The U10s play their first fixtures on Friday 6th May, and the year 5 & 6 athletes have their first fixture on Monday 9 May, so I look forward to reporting on those events next week.

Nick Butterfield


On Bank Holiday Monday, several boys from CCJB took part in the Berkshire round of the Delancey Chess Megafinal. These boys had already had to qualify for this tournament, so the level of competition on the day was high.

On the line was qualification for the regional Gigafinal on the weekend of July 16/17th at the Rivermead Leisure Centre in Reading.

The following Claires Court boys qualified: Niam Popat, Téo Rybak, Samuel Tschiesche, Joshua Spanswick and Kida Zhu. Téo, Samuel and Kida also won their respective age groups.

Very well done to these boys and to all who took part. Special mention goes to Henry Dargan, Nayan Popat, and Aaron Johnson who played some good chess and only just missed out on qualification.

Though not a Claires Court tournament, all of these boys represented the school with an excellent attitude and we are proud of them.

EPSCA - Bristol

It is not long now until the English Primary Schools Chess Association semi-final on Saturday 14 May at Bristol Grammar School. We are delighted to welcome Tom Dargan to the squad. Our two teams are now raring to go.

Richard Hogg


Useful numbers for current parents

To ensure you speak to the most appropriate person, please note the numbers below.....

Junior Boys Office - 01628 411490

Nursery, Junior & Senior Girls - 01628 411480

Senior Boys Reception/Office - 01628 411470

Sixth Form - 01628 411489

Registrar - 01628 411472

Trips/Transport - 01628 411406

Parent Pointers

We have a page named ‘Parent Pointers’, see here, which we are planning to put up handy tips for parents to help support their child. We hope you find this of interest.


Saturday 7 May - Boat Club Dinner

Arrive from 7.00pm at Senior Boys site Sports Hall. Parking on site.

Friday 13 May - Y2 Books and Bushcraft

Calling all Year 2 boys and their Dads, you have been invited to enjoy an evening of Books and Bushcraft on Friday May 13th from 5pm - 6.30pm. This will be a fun evening with a bushcraft activity, delicious hot dogs, s'mores and an opportunity to share books together. A letter has already been sent out with a reply slip - look forward to seeing you all on the night!

The Great Gatsby Ball - 14th May 2016

For those coming to The Great Gatsby Ball next Saturday, we are looking forward to a great evening! The auction and raffle prizes are better than ever. Bring credit cards, cheque books or cash with you as prizes need to be paid for on the night. You can win anything from a watch, to iPad, festival ticket, sports/fitness coaching and so much more… see for here all the prizes


Monday 16 May - Year 1 - Y6 Assessment Week

Monday 30 May - Friday 3 June - HALF TERM


Monday 9 May - Y4 visit Highclere Castle. Boys need a packed lunch.

Friday 20 May - Y4 Outward Bound. Letters went out to boys last week. All consents and payments should have been returned to the office by close of today.

Thursday 26 May - Y5 Forties Experience, Bushey, Herts



Mrs Hankin and Mrs Hine (and hopefully a few others if they can be persuaded!) are taking part in the Pretty Muddy run in June. It's a muddy run with lots of obstacles. The money we raise will be donated to Myeloma UK . We have selected this charity to show our support for Mrs Payne during her illness. If anyone would like to make a donation please could they send money into the school office in an envelope marked 'Pretty Muddy'.

Thank you, Mrs Hankin.


You can find the link to the Music Timetable here for you to keep abreast of the timings of peripatetic lessons.


Our Rabbit winners this week are Max van Vureen and James Binks. Max was very kind and helpful to a new pupil this week, helping him to settle in and making sure that he was happy. Max is always very caring in this manner. James also helped a new pupil to settle in and he has been consistently so polite and kind to both staff and pupils. Both are worthy winners of the rabbit award this week.


HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES – May half-term holiday
(Tue 31 May to Fri 3 Jun)

Join Mini, Mid and Kool’s ‘World of Sports’ theme week this coming holiday… build your own golf course, complete the Round the World Sporting Challenge and join our professional vocalist with songs from sporting events around the world!

Creative Kool Xtra activities for older children include dedicated days of Cookery, Crafts and Textiles. Also Sport Xtra provides plenty of opportunity to develop skills with three days of Cricket for boys & girls in Year 3 and above.

>> for more details please visit and Senior pupils get FREE extended sessions when booked early!!!