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

Local AND Global – navigating the dimensions of learning.

Now the new academic year is well under way, the termly/annual cycle of quality assurance activities is underway, from parent/teacher evenings and forward facing Open Day events to work scrutiny, lesson observations and work scrutiny. I chose Boys Year 10 … Continue reading

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Rt Hon Theresa May and her visit to Claires Court

We were delighted to welcome Maidenhead MP, and former Prime Minister, Theresa May on Friday 23 September where she met some of the 15 Ukrainian students currently enrolled at the school.   Claires Court was approached at the start of … Continue reading

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Education enters the Carolean Era…

Highlights of the post that follows: Claires Court’s history has to date been entirely encapsulated within the modern Elizabethan era; established in 1960 by my parents David and Josephine Wilding as a consequence of the post world war II economic … Continue reading

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A Brave New World, Mrs Truss & Mr Malthouse?

Great Britain has a new Prime Minister at the same time as schools, colleges and Universities come back into session. Liz Truss has a monumental in-tray, not least the energy market crisis, conflict in Ukraine, tensions with the EU, dis-union … Continue reading

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Going to University – the No-Win, No-Fee system

Over the past few months, what with the tightening of belts because of inflation, and the growing skills gap that cannot be filled from the labour market, there has been a growing call for our 18 year olds leaving school … Continue reading

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“The Road to Hell is paved with Good Intentions”

This old English proverb seems to have evolved over the centuries, and remains as fresh today as a millennia or more ago. English Education is looked after by its own ministry, the Department for Education, since it was recreated as … Continue reading

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When Silence sometimes is not Golden…

Regular readers of my blog will have noticed that I have become less prolific over the past year or so, as a consequence by implication that I have had less on my mind and less to say. Whilst my work … Continue reading

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Ukrainian Refugees – a position statement ♦ April 2022

Background The Principals and staff have been approached by friends, relatives and interested parties, requesting that we make available school places for refugees soon-to-arrive from Ukraine. Position For the Summer term 2022, the Principals are willing to offer places freely … Continue reading

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Non-Uniform day at Claires Court Friday 2022

Rarely have I seen a school react quite so immediately than with the onset of the Russian Military invasion of Ukraine, causing so much personal, physical and economic damage to a country and resulting in the largest migration of refugees … Continue reading

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A question of bias, or is that truth?

Earlier last month, and perhaps not unexpectedly, the DfE (Government department responsible for children’s services and education, including early years, schools, higher and further education policy, apprenticeships and wider skills in England) published a new document entitled Guidance – Political … Continue reading

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