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Academic Principal Claires Court Schools Long term member & advocate of the Independent Schools Association

Claires Court – our news of important and exciting developments

During the fortnight of half term, my brother Hugh and I have reached agreement with Berkeley Homes over the terms by which Berkeley will partner the School in realising our vision for a new, single campus alongside our Junior Boys site at … Continue reading

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Another fine mess you could be leading us into…but we don’t have to follow!!!

With each passing release of both government data with commentary from the wider expert community, there seems to be depressing evidence that ‘last year’s innovation’ implementations have become this year’s policy ‘disasters’.  No more so is this true than in … Continue reading

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So many ways to listen to the voice of the child…

Just a short post this week, in part because it’s been manic here in the ‘engine room’ at Claires Court. Those that have studied the art/science of Leadership in Education* will know that the most successful approaches long term don’t … Continue reading

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Back to school, Claires Court style…

Really quite a lot of people have told me just how pleased they are that their children are going back to school, partly of course because the children need to, but also because parental resources have by now been worn … Continue reading

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Managing reading development at Secondary level

The ability to read is central to a child’s ability to do well academically at school. Claires Court is a broad ability secondary independent school in Maidenhead Berks. We aim to recruit some 100 boys and girls per year group … Continue reading

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End of Summer Term letter from the Academic Principal

 I am told that our nation’s favourite poem is Rudyard Kipling’s ‘If’. In my mind, this is a celebration on reaching maturity, a coming of age for ‘grown-ups’! It’s one thing to reach the statutory age of maturity, be that … Continue reading

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@HenleyRoyalRegatta – Losing the Fawley Challenge Cup, but winning so much respect.

On Finals day, shortly after 11.48 am, the Windsor Boys School defeated Claires Court by 1/2 length. Here’s the announcement of the result: If you can see the small cross on the finish time, this tells you that the winners … Continue reading

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