Claires Court Bulletin



What a colourful week!! I was quite simply astounded at the wealth of imagination that went into World Book Day costumes for the boys, and as you can see from all of our pictures here, they had brilliant day. During specific Key Stage assemblies throughout the day, I spoke with the boys about the joy of reading, and I shared with them excerpts from some of my favourite books - including ‘Sir Scallywag and the Golden Underpants’, and an autobiography of the former international rugby player, Stuart Barnes, called ‘Smelling of Roses’........the older boys certainly enjoyed Barnes’ attitude towards referees!!

Aside from Thursday’s frivolities, we have been working hard as a school both in and out of the classroom. Today’s Under 10 Football Tournament, which Claires Court hosts, promises to have the biggest support of local independent and mainstream schools ever. More on the outcomes of this event next week.

Our musicians are busy preparing for our Lent Term concert, and Mr Rowan is very happy with their efforts so far. In a similar way, I have been watching some of Mrs Icke’s drama groups in action, and they are very impressive. I am hoping to be able to have our boys perform some impromptu sketches in assembly very soon.

In my opinion, one of the most difficult choices that parents have to make when they are in Year 4, 5 and 6 is that of onward schooling. While many parents have already made the decision when joining CCJB that they want their sons to go all the way through to Year 13 at the senior school, some parents do not have that plan and would like to keep different options open. It is my job to ensure that every parent has the relevant academic, pastoral and enrichment information about their son, along with a candid conversation about what specific secondary schools offer in terms of facilities, GCSE options, and most importantly, their values. It’s then the simple job of matching boy to school…….!!!!! If only it were that simple!!

Some parents (and boys) are thinking ‘11+, but would grammar school suit my son?’ Some think ‘Scholarships to Claires Court Senior Boys, but how do I get started on this?’ Some think ‘Which is the best local comprehensive, and am I in catchment?’ All I can say to you is do not fret, we will give you all the advice and support that is needed to make the best choice with your son on the best secondary school option. With state school options being made public several days ago, and the number of pupils who have received their first choice options at a National low, never has there been a more high profile issue presenting itself to parents.

In several weeks I will be holding an informal consultation with Year 4 parents, the first time we have ever done this, to answer questions that it seems are popping up earlier and earlier in the calendar year to help parents with some of the anxieties they are facing regarding secondary education - more information on when this will be held will follow in next week’s bulletin. The best of luck to our Year 6 boys who are sitting Senior Boys scholarship papers tomorrow and the sports scholarships today - I am sure they will do themselves proud.

Onto other matters. For me, the worst moment of the week was when Mr Leuzinger made public to the boys in assembly that I am giving up sausages for Lent…..we are only a few days in and I am already struggling! This was balanced however with some brilliant news that the boys in Year 6 raised £328 in their 30 minute cake sale on Wednesday, and by the looks of things, Year 5 will be hot on their heels due to their very successful cake sale today. A huge thank you to parents who have been so generous with their time and money in supplying the cakes

This weekend sees our Under 9 and Under 11 chess teams take on other schools in the area for the EPSCA challenge. Winning teams will compete at the EPSCA national event in Bristol on May 13. Good luck boys!

Have a lovely weekend

Justin Spanswick

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RY having a flipping good time in their pancake races.


  • No child should be left to walk around the parents car park unaccompanied. Once released from the class teacher they become parents responsibility. The car park is a busy place and very dangerous so please ensure you know where your child is at all times.
  • During the hours that the buses are in operation no parent is allowed to park in the staff car park at the end of the school day to collect their son between 3.50pm - 5.15pm. This is a health and safety issue with maneuvering of large vehicles and boys getting on and off the bus. We understand that the parents car park is very busy and the staff car park is a good option but we would appreciate your cooperation on this. Thank you.
  • If you need to collect boys early from after school activities please could you refrain from collecting them yourselves. Please call by the office where the staff will go and collect them for you.


  • We are collecting 'Active Kids' Sainsburys vouchers up to the end of June 2017. Please donate any vouchers you have from your shopping and post them in the box on the fireplace in the entrance hall. Thank you.
  • On Monday we start selling Red Noses in support of Comic Relief.


Saturday 4 March - EPSCA Chess U11 and U9 teams all day at Gateway School

Saturday 4 March - ISA Cross Country Competition Y4 - Y6. Boys who are taking part have been notified.

Wednesday 8 March - Year 4 3 for 3 cake sale day

Wednesday 8 March - PTA meeting 7.30pm - 8.30pm

Thursday 9 March - All children are encouraged to bring a Fair Trade snack from home for morning break. No break will be sold in the dining room on this day. Please remember that no Fair Trade nuts are allowed on site so please check ingredients of an Fair Trade bar if that is your chosen snack.

Thursday 9 March - U9 Football photos. Please remember clean kit for this afternoon.

Friday 10 March - U9 Football Tour to Bournemouth and Bushcraft Day.

Friday 10 March - Year 3 boys and girls enjoy 'Electric Lego' at the Junior Boys site.

Saturday 11 March - Karate Tournament at Windsor Boys School.

Saturday 11 March - U9 EPSCA Chess at Kennet School

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Our Annual Easter Event is being held on Saturday 18th March between 12-2pm. This year the theme is Alice in Wonderland.

There is a PTA meeting for committee members to discuss the Easter Hunt on Wednesday 8 March 7.30pm. Tickets (wristbands) are now on sale from the school office. If you pay online through the payportal still submit your ticket order form so we know if there are any vegetarians etc.

As always the success of these events relies on volunteers, please let us know if you can help for an hour or more on the day. Email or click on the link to add your name to the rota.

Make a Hat for the Mad Hatter competition and win an Amazon voucher!

​This year, for the first time, we are challenging all boys and girls to take part of the Bake Off Challenge to see which budding baker can bake and decorate the best cake, biscuit, muffin or anything to do with Alice in Wonderland theme. ​The winner for this competition will receive a large chocolate egg, one from Nursery - Yr2 and ​Yr3 - Yr6. Our very own 'MARY BERRY' will be our baking expert Nelmarie Rennison, a working mum and owner of The PaperCup Kitchen. Click here for more information.


PTA Ball - 13 May 2017

Tickets now on sale! This popular event sells out quick so make sure you purchase your tickets now. All the information you need can be found here.


Parking Technology instead of giving up Chocolate for Lent


Last Friday we hosted St Paul’s for U10 fixtures. St Paul’s is a huge school with large numbers of pupils in each year group so considering this our pupils played extremely well against strong opposition. The U10B team played some excellent football and were 2-1 up with 30 seconds left to play. Sadly the game finished 2-2.

On Tuesday the U9 teams played Davenies. The pick of the matches was a stunning 6-2 win for of U9E team. The following day the U11 teams also took on Davenies and it was the U11B match that stood out, with an excellent 5-0 win. On Thursday the U9 teams travelled to St Paul’s and found the opposition very strong.

Today we are hosting our annual U10 football tournament with 20 different teams, in which both our U10A and U10B teams will compete. A full report will be in next week's bulletin.

Nick Butterfield

Head of Sport


English Primary Schools' Chess Association

Good luck to those boys selected to play at Gateway School tomorrow in the U9 and U11 EPSCA event. Selection was extremely difficult as we were not able to enter as many teams as in previous years, and we had the coaches' dream of having so many suitable candidates. Sadly, we could not take everybody. I am confident that nobody would have been found wanting.

End of Term Tournament

Entries are now pouring in for our end of term tournament on Monday 27 March. Entry forms are available from the chess noticeboard. The entry fee is £2 with money going to our 3 for 3 charities.

Maidenhead Junior Club

Due to my absence tomorrow, Maidenhead Junior Chess Club will be meeting at St Luke's Church in Norfolk Road, Maidenhead, SL6 7AX .

The Maidenhead Junior Chess Congress will take place here at Claires Court Junior Boys' during the Easter holiday on Wednesday 14 April. An entry form can be found through the link . Maidenhead Junior Chess Congress entry form

Richard Hogg


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.

There are various concert rehearsals happening in the next few weeks so please can boys remember their instruments.



Our popular Year 5 Lads and Dads, Books and Bushcraft event is Friday 17 March . Invitation


Orders for the book club should have been in by the end of today.

3for3 Charity Fundraising

Here are the dates for the 3for3 cake sale days and sponsored event.

Year 4 Wednesday 8 March

Year 3 Wednesday 15 March

Year 2 Monday 27 March

R and Y1 Tuesday 21 March

Whole School 3 for 3 sponsored walk - Friday 24 March

Please be reminded all unlabelled i.e. home made cakes and biscuits being sold for 3for3 week will require an allergen label. We have a strict 'No Nut' policy here at Claires Court therefore please do not bring in anything homemade or manufactured which contains nuts or is processed in an environment which has nuts.

Year 6 raised £328.00 by selling cakes and doing games at breaktime Wednesday.

The labels can be downloaded from our website or you can collect one from the school office.


Our Rabbit winners this week were Jack Gern-Gross Y3 and Caspar Bose Y3. Jack has been extremely kind in looking after fellow pupils and has given up his time to help others. Caspar has been very caring and also looked after struggling classmates especially at Wednesday break time. Both boys are worthy winners of the Rabbit award this week.