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  • Covid-19 updates

    Published 25/02/20

    Covid-19 Risk Assessment

    Covid-19 risk assessment

    update 2 September:

    We are looking forward to welcoming pupils and staff back to school from 7 September.

    Information about the safe return to school is being emailed to all our families.

    In the meantime, here are some great links to back to school reading:

    Please also take a look at our social media for latest news, updates and photograph on facebook, twitter or linkedin.

    update 13 July:

    Summer term has wrapped up and we've wished our families well for the summer holidays. 

    We are hosting holiday clubs from 20 July to 14 August for our existing Claires Court families. Bookings are available here. 

    School returns for the next academic year from Monday 7 September. To enquire about joining, please visit this page or email by clicking here.

    Update 18 June:

    We have welcomed back into the school Year 10 and Year 12 students this week (week commencing 15 June), and are delighted to be welcoming back Years 2, 3, 4 and 5, so all primary years will be back in school from Monday 22 June. We are also continuing our online schooling for anyone who isn't able to return just yet.

    update 1 June:

    Claires Court school re-opens from Monday 1 June

    Pupils from Reception, Year 1 and Year 6, as well as key workers’ children, are being welcomed back to Claires Court from Monday 1 June.

    Following the government’s guidance for schools to re-open for specific year groups, we have put in place all the recommended and best practice safety measures to re-open at its Junior Boys site near The Thicket in Maidenhead. Its nursery will re-open from June 8, followed by some provision for years 10 and 12 from June 15*, whilst also monitoring government guidelines for new information.

    James Wilding, Academic Principal, said: “We are all very much looking forward to seeing children safely return to schools. Our top priority is always the safety and wellbeing of all of the Claires Court community, including pupils, their families and our staff. We have carried out risk assessments and are following the best practice guidance to keep everyone safe.”

    The safety measures include working in small classes, known as bubbles, of up to eight pupils, staying within bubbles during the day, staggered breaks and lunchtimes, social distancing, regular handwashing as well as the school being deep cleaned daily.

    Any pupils not returning will be able to continue with online learning, which includes live classes, academic work, sports, art, music, drama and other activities.

    Mr Wilding added: “Throughout the lockdown we have fully appreciated the pressures that families are under to work from home and home-school. We have continued our curriculum by providing online classes as well as sports and creative activities, whilst also looking out for the wellbeing of our families so it’s not all screen time and there’s a wide mix of school work and fun. The chance to get back into school will be fantastic for the children and we will continue to support all our families whether they are coming back now or hopefully in the near future.”

    Claires Court is also planning virtual open events in June for families considering the next steps in their children’s education. For more information visit www.clairescourt.com or email registrar@clairescourt.com

    *exact details of this will follow government guidelines, which are still to be announced.

    Distance learning

    For Year 1 parents and above continuing distance learning, to ensure we can develop our educational provision even further after the Easter break, please can you do the following:
    1. Read through our Online Home Learning Responsible User Agreement with your family
    2. Also read the overarching Acceptable Use of ICT (pupils) policy
    3. Complete the short online user form at the bottom of the Agreement for each child or young person you have registered in our school.

    useful resources:

    Temporarily closed from Friday 20 March
    It’s a sad time for all of the Claires Court community as we temporarily close the doors in support of tackling the Covid-19 outbreak.

    Teachers have worked very hard over the past few weeks to prepare not only a meaningful distance learning curriculum but also a pastoral support plan, while still teaching your sons and daughters and managing their questions about this very uncertain set of circumstances.

    We will keep education, activities and support going for our pupils through distance learning, and we’ll be regularly posting on our social media with activities, tips and news so please share with your friends and family. 

    Our programme for all pupils will ensure they feel they can learn without immediate physical teacher input, that they can be challenged in their work but not worried, that they have support when they need it online, and that they are part of a community that cares.

    Led by James and Hugh Wilding, Claires Court School will remain here for you as families either online, on the phone, or in person if needed. We will continue to update families on developments in a timely way after considering any guidance and new information. 

    Thank you to everyone for their kind messages showing what a wonderful and positive community we have.

    We would also like to thank the Claires Court staff for their immense dedication for what they are doing to prepare the boys and girls for this next step into the unknown. 

    Please follow us on our facebook, twitter or linkedin for updates. #WeAreCC

    Stay safe and best wishes from all at Claires Court.

    Update Wednesday 18 March, 8pm:

    School and Nursery closure
    The Government has now confirmed that all schools across the UK will shut by Friday 20 March. Our staff have consolidated their preparation for this, and are finalising their plans for distance learning. Families will receive a separate communication explaining our plans for distance learning in due course. 

    Key workers
    The government has stipulated that schools should endeavour to be available for pupils of ‘key workers’. While this is extremely difficult, we would like to follow the guidance as best we can. If you are a key worker and you feel that you are unable to look after your children due to your duties, as a key worker, please fill in this form as soon as possible but no later than 9.30am Thursday 19 March. A key worker can be defined as ‘an employee usually working in the public sector who provides a vital service, especially in the police, health or education sectors’. 

    Next steps
    We are now considering the finer details of the government announcements as well as how Friday’s closure will work for families. Our intention is to have both our pupils and as parents fully prepared and equipped to deal with the challenges being faced, with the priority being the safety and welfare of our school community.  

    If you have a meeting or appointment with individual teachers already booked in from Monday 23 March, please assume these are postponed until further notice - we will look to rearrange everything once we are able to open the school again. 

    We are expecting children to attend school on Thursday 19 and Friday 20 March unless they have symptoms of Covid-19 or are in a household which needs to self isolate. Pupils will bring home the majority of their books/resources on Thursday, leaving only what they need for Friday’s lessons. 

    We are truly appreciative of your support in these unique times. Our staff are working immensely hard and we are endeavouring to provide the best continuity we can in the circumstances. Updates will continue to be sent by email and on our website.

    Other useful resources:

    Update Tuesday 17 March, 12pm:

    We are continually responding to the outbreak of Covid-19, and we are adhering to the directions from Public Health England, the Department for Education (DfE) and the NHS. We are balancing as best possible the need to continue to deliver an excellent teaching and learning experience for our pupils, while ensuring the safety of the whole Claires Court community. To do this, we are updating our risk assessments daily across our three schools.

    After careful consideration, we have decided to cancel or postpone all sporting fixtures for the foreseeable future. A significant number of the schools we play against have also taken this decision. Our students will still participate in internal sporting lessons. 

    All trips for the remainder of this term have been postponed, and we are reviewing residential trips that are due to take place at the start of next term.

    We realise that the boys and girls will be disappointed at this, but our decisions are made in the best interests of their wellbeing, and the wellbeing of all of our families. 

    Please do not send your child to school if they or any other members of your family in your home are exhibiting any of the Covid-19 symptoms, such as a persistent cough, a high temperature, or any shortness of breath. The isolation period has now been set at 14 days. We will continue to update families directly by email and here. 

    If you are visiting any of our schools, please do follow our visitor guide here.

    Thank you for your ongoing support as we all work together in our school community to keep everyone safe. 

    Other useful resources:

    Update Thursday 12 March, 2pm:

    Please be assured that we are constantly evaluating the situation regarding the spread of Covid-19, and we are in regular liaison with the Department for Education (DfE), Public Health England (PHE) and the NHS to ensure we prioritise the wellbeing of our school community.

    Taking advice from those external agencies, we have already made several adjustments to our provision for the pupils and staff. These adjustments include additional education on good hygiene, prioritising pastoral support for pupils concerned about the virus, and providing the required resources to keep the school as clean as possible. 

    As the spread of Covid-19 continues, we have also cancelled or postponed several trips and visits to ensure that we are following all government recommended guidelines. Our ski trip to Northern Italy has been cancelled, our visit from Zoolab for both Junior and Senior schools is postponed until the summer term, and we have now postponed our Lent Term Senior Boys and Girls music concert. Further information on rearranged times where applicable will be available at a later date.

    At the time of writing, all of our other trips are taking place and we are in continual contact with the external agencies being visited to ensure that your son(s) and/or daughter(s) will not only be safe, but will enjoy a superb experience on their ventures. We will update you immediately if this situation changes.

    We kindly request that if you are visiting any of our school sites, please read our Claires Court visitors guide during the Covid-19 outbreak

    We have a clear plan of action should the DfE or PHE inform us that our school needs to be closed. The plan takes into consideration our pupils’ academic and pastoral needs. 

    We will continue to keep you informed of any updates by email and you can also see regular news here.

    Other useful resources:

    Update Monday 9 March, 3.30pm:

    Claires Court is following guidance from Public Health England, the Department for Education (DfE) and the NHS on developments relating to Covid-19. We are constantly assessing the situation as it changes at both local and national level. Our priority will always be the safety and wellbeing of our pupils, staff, parents, and the wider community. 

    Whatever measures are put in place by the government, we have plans to ensure the continuity of our pupils' education. We will update you regularly with any relevant information that affects our school. If you have any questions, please contact Justin Spanswick, Executive Headteacher, on 01628 327717.

    Update Wednesday 5 March, 12pm: 

    We are monitoring the latest advice about Covid-19 closely. We are directed in our actions by Public Health England (PHE) who liaise closely with the Department for Education (DfE). At the time of writing we have had no cases of Covid-19 at Claires Court. As a school we are actively encouraging our pupils to be extra vigilant in their hygiene to prevent the spread of any pathogens, and we will continue to do so.

    Our boys and girls visit a number of different schools and venues for sports fixtures, events and trips. We are in regular contact with all the schools/venues that we visit to ensure they share our attentiveness to the current situation. If you visit any schools to support your children in their events, please do adhere to the practices they suggest to prevent any spread of pathogens. 

    We have a number of trips abroad planned in the coming weeks, including the school ski trip and the rowing training camp. All events will go ahead as planned unless we are directed otherwise by PHE. If you would like to discuss any of the details about these events, please speak with the trip leader in the first instance, or with myself.

    We are aware there will be further updates on the government's plans to tackle the possible spread of such a virus. We will inform you of any new information and any updates will also be published here.

    Our current actions, as mentioned above, follow clear direction from PHE which state:

    “No school should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless directed to do so by Public Health England.”

    A helpline has been set up for further questions about the Government's response and the details can be found below.

    ​We understand that this can be a worrying time for parents, pupils and staff, and I would like to reassure you that Claires Court is working hard​ to look after the welfare of all our families.

    The current advice from Public Health England remains as follows:  

    Public Health England have released additional advice for people returning from certain areas in Italy.

    People who have returned from one of the ‘lock down’ areas in Northern Italy are told to self-isolate on their return to the UK, even if they have no symptoms (a map of affected areas is available on the link below).

    The two regions concerned are Lombardy (Milan) and Veneto (Venice). 

    People returning from other areas north of, but not including Pisa, Florence and Rimini, should self-isolate if they develop symptoms.

    Both should contact NHS 111 or visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public for more information. This website is updated periodically and should any advice change that affects our school, staff or pupils, we will let you know.

    If you have any questions about our response to the Public Health England’s guidance, please contact Justin Spanswick, Executive Headteacher on 01628 327717.

    We will continue to monitor the situation as it develops and, if appropriate, provide updates.

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  • Claires Court invites families to virtual open events

    Published 18/09/20

    School virtual open events are being held this month, September 25, for anyone looking for Nursery through to Sixth Form education at Claires Court.

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  • Bookworms rise to the challenge this summer

    Published 18/09/20

    There may have been a lockdown, but there certainly wasn't a 'book-down' over the summer holidays for our Senior pupils in Years 7 to 9 with the summer house reading challenges won by Kelly and St Therese.

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  • Back with a bang in the Senior Boys Science labs

    Published 18/09/20

    After nearly six months away from school, Senior Boys in Year 8 burst in the science laboratories, eager to get back to enjoying some practical educational experiences, and they did so with a bang.

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  • GCSE pupils sustain high achieving results

    Published 20/08/20

    Claires Court GCSE pupils are celebrating their results today (August 20) with 95.6% achieving five 4+ grades (equivalent to C grade or above) including English and Maths.

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  • School dinners donated for vulnerable people

    Published 19/08/20

    Claires Court has donated food and kitchen supplies to help vulnerable people in the community. The Maidenhead-based school provided its dry foods and drink supplies to make hot meals. These are distributed by Slough Outreach volunteers to vulnerable people in Maidenhead, Slough and Windsor, including the elderly and homeless. 

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  • Principals' End of Term Message

    Published 17/07/20

    JAMES WILDING - ACADEMIC PRINCIPAL

    My brother and I hope this final bulletin of the academic year finds you continuing well and our pupils, your sons and daughters set to enjoy their summer holidays. 

    My Principal’s blog today highlights the importance we must all place in not wishing the time to hasten by for our children. The central importance of childhood is that it is to be enjoyed, to gather that variety of experiences which builds great memories, and to build enduring relationships across family and friends that in their own way will nourish all in the times to come. 

    At the start of our #lockdown in March, none of us could have guessed the depth and breadth of the challenge we were going to face. Initial family fears for their children’s education were quickly eased as our remote learning offer across the age range embedded, developed and delivered against our curriculum expectations. What we were able to make clear to every learner was how to engage, how to feel involved, how to respond and how to perceive feedback, all in a caring and supportive environment. I know all of our staff kept their pupils aware that most important of all was their wellbeing and happiness.

    We know it’s been a high pressure situation for many households as we all juggle work, home-schooling, health and other issues during lockdown, but schools will return and children will bounce back to their studies. I hope you feel assured that as education professionals, we will provide the best education and wellbeing in the safest way possible. 

    It was a herculean effort by Justin Spanswick, Dean Richards, Lindsay King and Sheena Wilding, supported so ably by our school nurses led by Cherie Levi, to manage to re-open fully our Junior divisions and Nursery. At Senior level too, exceptional efforts by colleagues ensure that the whole remote learning timetable for secondary and Sixth Form was maintained whilst also welcoming back Year 10, 12 and work experience playwork volunteers onto site later in June.

    And looking ahead, it may not be as restful a summer holiday as usual for teachers as they plan and adapt to frequent new guidelines, write new schemes of work to take account of Covid-19 threats and changes in societal expectations, and prepare for full return in autumn. We urge all families to enjoy the summer as they can and support children to be happy and ready for that return to school in September. We will of course be in Year group ‘bubbles’ then, giving us some greater flexibility and agility to enrich school life.

    We wish to pay tribute to our own staff at Claires Court, and express our sincerest thanks at the end of a summer term like no other. Without them, we could not have managed the incredible range of activities available, and it is a huge tribute to the immense support, professionalism and dedication to education of our own team. All the time, they have put the children in our school first. They have not just gone the extra mile, gigabyte or screen-time, they have travelled with a love for their calling and a deep concern for those others with whom they work. And thank you too, to so many parents who have recognised this and sent your thanks to so many of our colleagues, as that made such a difference and continues to do so.

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  • Online galleries showcase pupils diverse and stunning artwork

    Published 10/07/20

    The incredible artwork produced by both our GCSE pupils and A level students throughout the year is now available to view online in two galleries.

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  • Senior Boys teacher celebrates 40th with 40 fundraising challenges to thank the NHS

    Published 10/07/20

    Simon Cripps, from Berkshire, has taken on 40 fundraising challenges to mark his 40th birthday.

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  • Claires Court finish fifth in National eSailing Competition

    Published 03/07/20

    For the past eight weeks 33 school teams from across the country have competed in over 100 virtual matches and nearly 550 races, an initiative  organised by Head of Sailing Paul Robson along with the British Schools Dinghy Racing Association (BSDRA).

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  • Leading by example as Sky News reports on Claires Court's safe and secure reopening amid coronavirus crisis

    Published 03/07/20

    A spotlight shone brightly on Claires Court this week as Sky News crews descended on our Junior Boys and College Avenue sites to report on how the school has managed to reopen safely to the majority of our pupils. Claires Court was featured on Sky News on Thursday 2 July as well as Heart and LBC radio stations following the government’s announcements for plans to re-open all schools in September.

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  • The great CC bake off

    Published 12/06/20

    Senior Boys recently proved that they could stand the heat as they enjoyed some time in the kitchen for the ‘House Bake Off’.

    Competing for their respective houses, Kelly, Rowanhurst, St Lawrence and Ridgeway, pupils and staff cooked up a storm creating a range of delicious sweet and savoury treats, ranging from banana bread, pies, sponge cakes, and even meringues.

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