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Claires Court Maidenhead

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Mrs Heywood's Words Summer 11

I'm thrilled to announce that Claires Court School has been awarded Champion School status by Accelerated Reader. Champion schools are identified by looking at the school's adherence to best practices such as engaged reading time, percentage of students achieving 85% and above on quizzes as well as the percentage of students reading at the appropriate level. Many thanks to our Librarians Paula Copeman and Lesley Kirkwood for ensuring the pupils are fully engaged with reading.

This will be my final bulletin of the year and the last seven days have encapsulated all that Claires Court Senior Girls are about. They have demonstrated to the full the characteristics and essence of our young people, and why it is a privilege to work with them.

The tunes from the Talent Show are still reverberating around my head as are the images of so many bravura performances. Thanks must go to the G9 pupils who organised the show and to Mrs Warren, Mr Gravitt and Mr Hope for their guidance.

Our inaugural Musicathon was an absolute success with both classwork and more experienced and advanced musicians performing throughout the day. It was brilliant seeing the diversity of our pupils coming together in one colourful showcase event. We were delighted that Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayoress of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, Councillor Colin Rayner and Councillor Samantha Rayner joined us for the concert. Additionally, well done to our Principal's James and Hugh Wilding, for performing a wonderful rendition of Football’s Coming Home!

Next week we have ripped up the ​timetable, abandoned formal lessons and Year 7 to Year 10 will be involved in a variety of activities including camping, hiking, rowing, sailing, STEM, clearing waterways, orienteering, learning circus skills and completing scavenger hunts as part of the Activity Week programme.

On Monday night we looking forward to celebrating the sporting endeavours and successes for the last year at the Sports Award Dinner. We will recall the successes in netball, hockey, athletics, tennis, swimming, sailing, rowing and cross-country and award colours, Sports Personality of the Year and Service Above Self Awards. Our visiting speaker is International Paralympic Champion, Tom Aggar who has retired from international rowing, having represented Great Britain at the highest level for 10 years. Tom is a familiar face around the school as he is presently undergoing his teaching qualification at Claires Court Senior Boys.

On Friday, our last day at school and final assembly, we will acknowledge the academic life of the school by presenting subject prizes and awards for Attitude to Learning, Progress and Attainment, individual Subject and House Awards and having read reports over the last week or so I am delighted with the way that our pupils engage with and enjoy their learning. We will next analyse our data, review and reflect upon our academic reports and make plans on how to raise the bar when we start back in September.

I would also like to thank all the staff – both teaching and support staff – who make this school the terrific school it is and a wonderful place of work and learning. As teachers we are wonderfully supported by those that enable us to do our central job of teaching. Colleagues in marketing, human resources, administration, housekeeping, transport, site management, catering along with our learning support and teaching assistants undertake work that if was not done extraordinary well would mean that the school would close within days.

Thank you as parents for your support and have a lovely summer.

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