Claires Court Bulletin



I spent two days away from Claires Court Junior Boys this week inspecting another independent school on Compliance and Regulatory matters. It is always a privilege to be allowed to visit and assess other educational institutions and this school was no exception. It also reaffirms to me how lucky I am to be leading such a wonderful school as Claires Court, and as I have said before, it is always very nice to come back!

Our boys have been very busy this week as they always are. We have been learning in assemblies how animals can teach us so many important human qualities in life, and there has been plenty of amusement taking lessons from meerkats, kangaroos and elephants over the past week. I was also able to praise Gursahej Bakshi for his brilliant performance at the ISA National Swimming Gala where he achieved a new personal best in the backstroke. He came 4th in this event and picked up a bronze medal for the 200m freestyle relay. We are very proud of his efforts.

Our Pupil Voice representatives visited Spinfield Primary School in Marlow yesterday to meet their school council and compare notes on how things are done! All the boys found it a worthwhile experience and have come back with some great ideas, which Mrs Stay and her team will be sharing with us shortly. Indeed, I have been really impressed at some of the sensible and constructive suggestions that have come through on my School Development Plan which your sons have had access to, and have been editing.

The rest of the week I will show you in pictures as they often tell better stories than I could possibly do! I hope you all enjoy a wonderful weekend and manage to stay out of the rain!

Justin Spanswick


  • Apologies for the postponement of Mrs Hankin's parents evening appointments due to illness. These will now take place on Tuesday 31 January (no more appointments available ) and Thursday 2 February.

  • The Class Photos did not take place Wednesday and have been rescheduled for Wednesday 22 February.


Thursday 2 February - Year 4 Harry Potter Party 4pm - 6pm

Thursday 2 February - U10 and U11 swimming gala at Berkhamstead. Boys who are competing have been advised. They will leave school at 2.30pm and return at approximately 6.30pm.

Friday 3 February - ISA London West Cross Country at Sherfield College. Boys who are competing have been advised. They will leave at 8.30am and return around 1.30pm in time for afternoon school.

Saturday 4 February - U9A and B Football Tournament at St Bernards. Boys who have been selected have been advised. Boys must be at St Bernards by 8.15am.

Monday 6 February - Year 5 French Breakfast. Please remember to send back your permission slips by Thursday 2 February.

Saturday 11 February - UK Chess Challenge 2pm - 6pm in the Sports Hall

Monday 13 February - Friday 17 February H A L F - T E R M


Wednesday 8 February - Reception visit Pizza Express. Consent letter will be sent out next week.

Wednesday 8 February - Year 1 visit the Natural History Museum. Consent letter will be sent out next week.


Nearly New Uniform News

Thank you to everyone who donated their unwanted nearly new uniform. If you have any further contributions please leave them in the school office.

The next big sale will be at the Easter Event on Saturday 18 March.

We are hoping the uniform shop will be open soon. This will make viewing and buying uniform much easier. In the meantime if you do need items please email me I will be around most Fridays at 3.50pm​ to meet anyone who has made contact. ​

Anneta Rogers - Nearly New Uniform PTA


We are having the second meeting of the term on Wednesday ​1 February 7.30pm (venue tbc.) This time may be more suited to working parents and we will discuss the Easter Event being held on Saturday 18th March. The theme of this Easter Event is Alice in Wonderland.

If you wish to be involved please contact us on or sign up via our google sheet.

Have a great weekend.

Ana Sidders (PTA Chair)

Whatever the weather….

As the weather gets colder, may we take this chance to remind our parents of the School’s Emergency Closure Guidance in case we need to close the School due to adverse weather conditions.


ImagineNation – a call to arms


Last week I mentioned that Gursahej Bakshi represented the London West region in the ISA National Swimming Gala . I am extremely proud to report that he returned with a bronze medal for the 4x50m freestyle relay. What a fantastic opportunity to compete at world class facilities!

Unfortunately, this week the U9 & U11 fixtures had to be cancelled due to frozen pitches. The only year group able to play were the U10s at Caldicott on Wednesday. There were many closely contested matches and it seemed that Caldicott benefited from the home advantage in most cases, however, the U10A team gained a 4-3 win. Mr Barber was so impressed with his players that he awarded the first of the football star badges to Prabhan Kang, Oscar Helm and Alastair Dunning.

Nick Butterfield

Head of Sport


Thank you to all those boys who have signed up for the Delancey UK Chess Challenge. The entry for this competition is now full so I have now completed the draw for the first round. These games will take place at morning break over the next few weeks. This is not the only way to qualify for the Delancey Megafinal. Anyone wishing to use a faster route can enter one of the local qualifying tournaments run by Mr Dennis on Saturdays. The next one of these is on Saturday 11 February here at CCJB.

Other events can be found by clicking on the link below:


Richard Hogg


Mrs Fox will not be teaching this Thursday and therefore her Thursday piano lessons are being rescheduled to Monday afternoon and Friday in the middle of the day.

Please note that lessons are subject to times/days altering so it is imperative that you check the timetable regularly thus ensuring boys have their music and/or instrument in school on the correct day.


Our Rabbit winners this week are Sam Bassett in Y3 and Dylan Chaddha Y6. Sam has impressed Mr Barber with his kind and caring attitude. He always thinks of others before himself. Dylan has been helping several other pupils who have recently joined the school by ensuring that they are integrated quickly into our community. Both Dylan and Sam fully deserve the Rabbit award this week.

Pupil Voice Visit Spinfield School in Marlow

Junior Boys Pupil Voice met with Spinfield's School Council this week. Find out what they discussed... >>>