Claires Court, is an independent day school, proprietorially owned and operated by Principals Hugh and James Wilding.
Claires Court opened its doors as a preparatory school in September 1960 led by David and Josephine Wilding - parents of the current Principals, Hugh and James Wilding.
In those days the School on the Ray Mill Road East Site (formerly known as Claires Court and now Senior Boys, right) was a boarding school and Junior Boys (formerly Ridgeway, above) was one of the boarding houses. As the demand for boarding reduced, the School gradually moved to a day school taking pupils up to 13 years of age, then extending over the years to add the O-level (GCSE) years , thus moving to a leaving age of 16.
In 1993 a new school, originally known as The College, now Senior Girls (right), came under the Claires Court umbrella adding co-educational Nursery provision. In 1994 the co–educational Sixth Form started with just 19 boys and 1 girl.
2010 saw us celebrate our Golden Jubilee, 50 years of achievement and growth, from 19 pupils on the first day to the current roll of over 1,000 across three sites. Over the years these achievements have been many and varied, as can be seen in the recent year’s copies of our Court Circulars and other publications.
Then, in late 2013 the School made an announcement about our vision for the future and how we propose to develop a new campus to allow all our pupils to be educated in one place (with the intention of retaining the unique diamond shape education). As the next era in the history of Claires Court evolves we look forward to sharing the development of this project with you, but for now you can be assured that as a modern educator with traditional values, our pupils will continue to thrive in their learning wherever they are.