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Mr Richards' words Lent week 4
Mr Richards' words Lent week 4
It was such a nice weekend. That beautiful blanket of snow lifted the spirits of the whole community and we were then treated to a sunny day on Monday. There are very few better days than a blanket of snow and bright sunshine, I hope you were able...
Thursday 04 FebruaryG8 Parent Evening/WorkshareAll Day
From the Office
A message from the Executive Head
Dear Parents and Guardians

Whether you agree with the current period of lockdown or not, it is a relief that education professionals are now in a position to be able to tentatively plan for a ‘Return to school’ after the Prime Minister’s announcement earlier in the week. Tentatively though, as we have little indication which year groups will be allowed back first, or if some pupils will actually return this side of the Easter break. 

Nevertheless, I am seeing it as a bit of ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ moment. That is my theme for today. And why? Well, because we are back in the depths of homeschooling, to routines that often seem alien to us, to taking on roles in the household that we did not sign up for, to seeing your children have to build skills you may not have aspired for them to gain at such an early age…...the list goes on. 

And, while so much of this is centred as it should be around the children, care and compassion is very much needed for parents too. You have been, without exception, doing an amazing job in helping us support your children in their academic and pastoral learning. So many of you are juggling other responsibilities and dealing with your own stresses that Covid engenders. 

If you take one thing from my words today, let it be this: no matter how well or badly you feel you are supporting your children, whether they are getting lots or very little of your attention, they are getting the best they can get as it is coming from you. You know your children so well, and they will thank you for this support forever. 

Although it may not seem like it when you are in the midst of helping (or not helping!) with an algebra equation, or if you are on a virtual call with work and they are stuck on a comprehension question, if you are a Key Worker and your children are in school, or even if you don’t see them between breakfast and lunch at home and are just praying they are getting on ok… are giving them the best you can give, and they are so lucky to have you. One day, maybe even when they have their own children, they will realise the help and often the sacrifices you have made for them.

From Claires Court, we thank you so very much too. We are always here at the end of a phone or a computer to help with any problems.

Over the coming weeks I will communicate with you on school operational matters for this academic year, such as a return to school. The Principals and I are endeavouring to establish our position and response to the Covid Lockdown, and as ever, we will be transparent with our intentions and plans. Thank you for your patience on this.

Well, more snow is forecast for the weekend, more rain….but I believe that we are slowly moving towards that light at the end of the tunnel. For all of us I am sure, it cannot come soon enough.

Please stay safe.

Best wishes

Justin Spanswick
Executive Head Teacher

Remote Learning Questionnaire G7 to G11 Parents
We would like to thank all parents for supporting their daughters with remote learning during this period of lockdown. As ever, Claires Court will always strive to make things better, so we are keen to get your feedback about our online provision so we can continue to offer quality teaching and learning over the next few weeks.
Please can you take a few moments to complete this short questionnaire alongside your daughter by Wednesday 3 February.  

Thursday 4 February to Friday 12 February G8 parents evening
We are replacing parent’s evening with a call home from subject teachers. Teachers have been asked to make their calls home between Thursday 4 February and Friday 12 February. We understand that we all have busy and demanding lives at the moment, so please do not feel you have to speak to all of the teachers. Your daughter will receive an appointment sheet which will be put on their online form classroom which parents can access.

Lateral Flow Testing consent
With the Government announcement that it hopes schools to reopen from Monday 8 March, may we please ask you to complete the Lateral Flow Testing consent form as soon as possible, if you had not already completed it at the start of term. Many thanks.

CWV Form 22 February to 5 March
Please find the new Critical Worker and Vulnerable children form to complete if you require your daughter to come into school for her remote learning at all during the two week period after half term. 

Common Task 2 for Lent term
We are continuing to run our Common Tasks this term, and these assessments take place in each subject, across both boys and girls, enabling us to check the progress of all children of the same age. They are marked and moderated according to an agreed mark scheme to ensure our academic provision continues to meet the standards we demand, and very much follow the work described in each year group’s curriculum statements.  Teachers have adapted their assessments this term to suit our current online working. Please bear in mind these assessments form part of the composite end of term grade, together with the other formative assessments which will continue throughout the term, forming the body of work completed by each pupil as well as the year group as a whole.

G8 HPV Immunisations
The Berkshire School Aged Immunisation Team will be providing the HPV vaccine to all Year 8 boys and girls, and a small number of Year 10 girls, at Claires Court on 3 March 2021. Please find the letter and consent form which must be completed by Sunday 7 February using the school’s code BK110153B, even if you decide you do not wish your child to receive this. Please note school cannot accept verbal or email consent directly. If you have any queries regarding the vaccine itself, please contact the Berkshire Immunisation Team in the first instance and Mrs Levi, Lead Nurse, for all other enquiries ( 
In order to ensure we provide this essential service in a Covid safe manner, all vaccinations will take place in the Sports Hall at the Senior Boys site, Ray Mill Road East, SL6 8TE. Appointments will be sent directly to parents, by the Berkshire Immunisation Team. Parents are asked to drive their children to Claires Court Senior Boys (please use the on site parking area) for their appointment, wait in their car (approximately 30 minutes), and take their child home. Further details will be available closer to the immunisation date. All staff will be made aware of the appointment times so they will not expect your child to be in their online lesson when they have their appointment. Critical Worker/Vulnerable child provision will not be affected.
G9 GCSE Option Courses - September 2021
Please find the link here to the form which has been emailed home this week. The deadline for completion is Monday 22 February.  
Headteacher/parent online surgery - Tuesday mornings 9.15am to 10.15am
Please contact if you would like to meet online with Mr Richards. He is always happy to hear from you.

Reporting absence/medical appointments
Please don’t forget to call the school office to report any sickness/absence/medical appointments on 01628 327500 (any voicemails left will be picked up by the office when it opens at 8am). Alternatively you can also email

Fitness lockdown challenge
To stay fit and active, pupils and staff are taking part in a fitness challenge and can track their walking, running or cycling miles on a shared sheet. Let’s see whether pupils or staff do the most each week. 

3K international virtual running championship
Please find details of the 3K Challenge that Claires Court is competing in against schools from around the world, which is open to boys, staff and parents. There are both year group winners and an overall school winner. Submit your 3K run time via the 'Entry Form' with evidence of your time (e.g. gps watch/phone screenshot) and see the 'Live Leaderboard' for updates. The competition runs until Friday 29 January, with winners announced on Monday 1 February. Please note, where possible you should avoid running alone, in the dark, on busy roads or in crowded areas, and inform someone of the intended route.
Take part in the RSPB's big bird watchTake part in the RSPB's big bird watch

This weekend sees the RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch and you can join in from home - get any bird feeders topped up and a cup of tea ready to watch out for and log all the different types of bird you see in the garden.
Senior Girls podcast episode two available now

Keeping us entertained during lockdown and using confidence in broadcasting, our Senior Girls Head Girls team, Scarlett and Sophie are with Head Teacher Mr RIchards, and Deputy Head - Pastoral, Mrs Ruddick for episode two of the Senior Girls...
Senior Girls podcast episode two available now
Music and art fun for everyoneMusic and art fun for everyone

We're launching a new challenge for parents and young people to have a bit of creative fun together with music and art. 
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