Category Archives: Uncategorized

“Successful people are not gifted; they just work hard, then succeed on purpose.” – G.K. Nielson

Parent Ambassadors and PTA supporters – don’t you just love them! Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | 1 Comment

‘A day in the Life of a CCJB’ – How school environment matters.

Those whose reading list includes the Claires Court Sixth Form Bulletin will know their newsletter has been running with a Thomas Edison quote this term – ‘Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The certain way to succeed is always to try … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

“You don’t need the eyes to see; you need vision.”

David Wilding, my father, was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) in his late 20s, was warned that he might be blind within 5 years, but happily kept his sight (albeit ever decreasing) for another 50. In 1960, he left the … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Time for the development of a Parent Ambassador programme…”Claires Court Parent Voice”?

Claires Court Ambassador Programme ­ “Parent Voice” Proposals It is an interesting truism in life that if you want something done, do it yourself. Actually, it is a Factoid – one of those oft repeated phrases that becomes true because … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Satire should comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable

It’s election day and all over the media are the Good, Bad and Ugly thoughts about today’s General Election.  I particularly liked the SkyNews teams General Affection Ballad: The most remarkable aspect this time around is that the most lauded … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure–Mark Twain

The Election race is underway and Education is to be one of the key battle grounds. I’ve trawled the Beeb to capture some of the highlights: “David Cameron has declared that permitting the building of new Free Schools is one of their … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Leadership and the Peloton…

Welcome back to the Summer Term at Claires Court, dear Reader. The Easter break for teaching staff is but 9 working days long at best, with professional development a very key aspect of our 3 INSET days spent as a … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

End of Lent Term Bulletin 2015 – James Wilding, Academic Principal’s recount of the past term.

Moving on… This time last year, we were both celebrating and recovering from our whole school Inspection. Twelve months on and that work seems a lifetime away. We have as a school moved significantly onwards and upwards and, where possible, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A funny thing happened in the Park the other day…

My sons live up in London, and as is the custom amongst families, we went to Sunday lunch with one the other week. Maidenhead to North London has its many traffic moments to enjoy, and what with Bristol City playing … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

How best to make an Impact on a child’s learning – consistent, insistent, persistent application of the right approach.

One of the better independent commentators on Education matters I follow is the Teaching Times, an on-line journal for our industry, published by the Imaginative Minds Group, led by publisher Howard Sharron. In “Ofsted Is In Denial; Special Needs Do … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment