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Claires Court Maidenhead

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Mr Wilding's Words Week 1

Welcome back to one and all to our autumn term 2020, and a huge thanks to parents and boys for being so school ready right from the get-go. I feel sure your sons will have reported back on some ‘unfamilar’ new arrangements with our infrastructure in Senior Boys, from the barrier across the main entrance, to the ‘sectioned off’ site with ‘bubble’ year group corridors and outside locker area installs. 

As my blog this week expresses in much detail, we have had an incredible summer of activity reshaping the site and facilities. Our playing field preparations were delayed by three days this week, as was the installation of three courtyard sinks, but I am delighted to confirm we are now practically complete, with only some final cosmetic touches to walls and decor to complete over the coming weekends.

One of the major activities over the break was the cleaning and servicing of over 800 Chromebooks for the boys and girls across Claires Court to use as personal devices this year. Pupils are asked to keep their chargers at home, and to make sure they put them on charge overnight. The plan is to use them every lesson, but we must also ensure that we recover the handwriting and paper manipulation skills which perhaps have decayed since #lockdown, so exercise books and files are also order of the day. Parents are reminded to add their sons Chromebooks to the home insurance cover for damage, notional value being £200.

After the debacle of ‘mutant algorithms’ during the release of public examination results, we’ve chosen a low key approach in terms of publicity of our own outcomes. Suffice it to say, that both A level and GCSE pupils gained excellent results, merited by their brilliant efforts over the period of their two years, enabling their access to elite universities in the UK and USA. I’ll say more in due course, but the results ‘event’ was a complete disgrace perpetrated by Ofqual and the exam boards, and for one candidate it took three weeks to retrieve their results; in the end congratulations to Joseph Ryder who achieved D*DD in his BTEC Sport, enabling him to take up his undergraduate place at Durham University in 2021, after an exciting GAP year planned in New Zealand. 

And finally, we welcome onto our staff our new Head of Physics at Senior Boys, Lydia Lowry. A former alumna of Christ’s Hospital School, she studied Physics at Manchester Uni, her PGCE at Birmingham before teaching in schools in England and Thailand. Miss Lowry is a fluent French speaker, now retired footballer and one of our growing number of teachers who cycle to school. We are also delighted to welcome back former student Alex Richardson and formed Faley cup winner as number two in the Rowing department. Mr Richardson completed his degree in engineering at Bristol University and is really excited to be back with us on the river.

For the record:

GCSE  RESULTS 2020 Boys & Girls


Number of Candidates


% candidates with five 4+ grades


Average number of subjects per candidate


% 9 - 7 grades


% 9 - 6 grades


% 9 - 4 and above


% 5 + grade 4 and above inc. Maths & English




A LEVEL RESULTS 2020 Boys & Girls


Number of candidates


% A2 results at grades A*- E


% A2 results at grades A* - B


Average points per candidate at A2


Average points per candidate at A2 and AS





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