Meet the Head & Pupils
Head of Senior boys
James Wilding is a well regarded educator and has been at the helm of Claires Court for many years as Academic Principal. Having been at the School as man and boy, including running Senior Boys in the 1990/2000s, James has rolled up his sleeves once more and is thoroughly enjoying engaging at a ‘local’ level with boys and staff.
"I am relentlessly and ruthlessly passionate about young people’s education, proud to be an advocate so they can achieve their best"
WHAT MAKES SENIOR BOYS A GREAT EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE?
We recognise that achievements are the building blocks of success, so providing boys with a multiplicity of opportunities to find themselves is our starting point. Our school day has lots of ‘wow’ moments, where there are opportunities for each pupil and teacher to discover something new about their learning and to enjoy taking responsibility for that moment. Our environment has respect at its core; such that pupils and teachers, whoever they are, know they will be valued for who they are and what they have to offer.
What makes Senior Boys STAND OUT?
We deliver! Our boys are fabulous examples of what we stand for: high achieving but modest, great friends and loyal to each other and the School. We get their engine running, so whatever their academic results, they are impressive can-do humans, willing to help, and not fazed by challenge.
Who inspired you to teach?
My parents David and Josephine founded the school in 1960, and their inspiration drives me onwards to this day; constantly seeking how can I make a difference for pupils, parents and staff to ensure that they have as enjoyable time in education as I have had whilst at Claires Court.
WHAT IS THE MOST SATISFYING ASPECT OF BEING A HEADTEACHER?
The good humour of young people; indeed it’s the ‘fun’ of coming to work that brings me back.
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