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Mr Wilding's words Lent week 11
Mr Wilding's words Lent week 11
Our last full week of term has continued apace, and as I have walked around the school, now with some suitably protected visitors and children, it has been lovely to show off the buzz of the pupils back in class at Senior Boys. Mind you, now we are...
Friday 26 MarchDeadline for B7 into B8 MFL FormAll Day
Tuesday 30 MarchSchool & Nursery Term Ends (full day)All Day
Wednesday 31 MarchEnd of Term Reports on the Portal & emailed homeAll Day
Thursday 01 AprilLateral Flow Home TestAll Day
Friday 02 AprilGOOD FRIDAYAll Day
Monday 05 AprilEASTER MONDAYAll Day
From the Office
A message from the Executive Head
Dear Parents and Guardians

As this most unusual term draws to a close, I would like to take this opportunity to bring to your attention several pieces of news before we break for the Easter holidays.

We have had two positive cases of Covid-19 within our school community this term, both of which have occurred this week. No amount of rigorous and carefully planned societal or school safety control measures can sometimes prevent the transmission of Covid-19, and it serves as a stark reminder that we are far from ‘out of the woods’ just yet with regard to the pandemic. 

You will receive an end of term set of notifications from the Principals setting out financial and operational matters for the Summer Term next week. In these communications, we are setting out our plans moving forward in relation to all aspects of schooling. Please take the time to read these carefully.

Today we have shared with you a questionnaire to request feedback on our current lunch provision for your children. Your responses will help guide us as we start the process of opening up the kitchens on a wider scale, once Covid restrictions allow. You can find the survey here. Please return this survey by 4pm on Tuesday 30 March. On the topic of food, we are trialing ‘Meat Free Monday’ after the Easter break, and our Eco team has written to you in this bulletin to explain their motivation to see this scheme succeed. 

Our bus service will return to the ‘late’ timings that were used before the first Lockdown. In other words, buses will leave the Senior Boys site for onward travel at 5.30pm with the exception of Friday where they leave at 4.30pm. Our after school activity programme will therefore be able to run at its full capacity and give your children so much sort after enrichment experiences. There is no facility for parents to sign their children up to activities until the first day of the new term, as we are obliged to wait for any changes in the Covid restrictions before confirming the choices available. However, our activity intentions will be shared in the coming days for your children to choose from. Full details of the school day and the activity programme will be found with the Principals words next week.

The DfE has guided us towards continuous testing of Year 7-13 pupils and all staff on all sites throughout the Easter break. Test kits and instructions are being distributed today and early next week to ensure that we comply with these arrangements. 

I will leave you with words from the Divisional Headteachers. Have a lovely weekend.

Best wishes
Justin Spanswick
Executive Head Teacher
Meat Free Mondays
Hello, we are the ‘Make a Difference’ group - an Eco group at Claires Court with members from Senior Boys, Senior Girls and Sixth Form. Our aim is to implement projects at Claires Court to improve our local community and global environment - to make a difference.

All the divisions at Claires Court have a good track record for improving their environmental impact, and during lockdown we have been working together to see if we can have a bigger impact. From the Summer Term we are starting an initiative which will involve the whole school. We want to encourage our Claires Court community to reduce the amount of meat they eat. This has many benefits: individuals health benefits, reducing climate change, helping our global community to be sustainable, and reduce world hunger. And so we will begin Meat Free Mondays.

All meals provided at the school on a Monday will be meat free. We hope that students who bring a packed lunch will also join in. And perhaps whole families will go entirely meat free on a Monday - a small change will make a big difference.

Kind Regards,
The Make a Difference Team

Summer Term Lunches
Please find our new menus for the Summer term. We will continue with the ‘takeaway style’ hot lunch, in order to adhere to the DfE guidelines of maintaining social distancing and year group bubbles, but will revert to our usual dining arrangements as soon as we are able to safely reopen our dining rooms. 

All lunch bookings will roll over into next term, so you only need to do something if you wish to make a change to your child’s current lunch booking (help document). However, if your child has any form of dietary requirements, we do need you to check and update the information we hold on the Report Portal, as this is how the kitchens are aware of any dietary needs. Please do this by going to ‘Child Details’, then select ‘Medical Information’ and dietary needs can be found under ‘Conditions and Allergies’.


End of Lent Term - Tuesday 30 April
The last day of the Lent term is a full school day finishing at 4pm and buses departing at 4.30pm.  We wish you an enjoyable Easter and look forward to seeing the boys back at school on Wednesday 21 April.

Holiday Lateral Flow Home Testing
Your child should have brought home with them today another pack of LFT home testing kits. This time the pack contains seven tests, and therefore we would ask that they continue to test twice weekly at home on a Monday and Thursday throughout the holiday period. Please report all results to the NHS ( and only positive results to the school using this form. Thank you for your support.

End of Term Letter and Grade Card
Please note that report grade cards and the end of term letter will not be emailed home until Wednesday 31 March, so you will not receive anything from school on the last day of term.

Saturday Sport - 27 March
This weekend sees the last Saturday morning rugby training from 9.30am - 10.45am. As usual, full rugby kit, mouthguards, boots and water bottles required. No parent spectating, so please drop off and collect. Venues are:
  • Years 7 and 9 at Maidenhead Rugby Club (on the 3G)
  • Years 8, 10 and 11 at Phoenix Rugby Club (Institute Road, Taplow, SL6 0NS)
At Phoenix, please could Year 8 and 11 parents drop off and collect at Phoenix Rugby Club, and Year 10 parents Boundary Road (directly above the grounds up the hill).

Language Choices for Year 8
The deadline to complete the Year 7 into Y8 Language Choices Form is today, Friday 26 March. Those still outstanding will have received an email reminder yesterday, and we would be very grateful if you could please complete it as soon as possible. Thank you.

Language and Creative Art/PE Choices for Year 9
For Year 9, boys are required to choose one Modern Foreign Language (that being French, German or Spanish), and three out of four subjects from Art, Drama, Music or PE. Please complete the Year 8 into 9 Language & Creative Arts/PE Choices Form to indicate your son’s choices by Friday 23 April.

Year 9 immunisations - 26 May
Boys in Year 9 will be offered HPV(2), Diphtheria, Polio, Tetanus and Meningitis ACWY immunisations taking place on 26 May. Information and consent forms from the Berkshire Immunisations Team will be sent to parents at the start of the Summer term.
Parent Information for Summer Term 2021
Please find the letter shared by Mr Wilding today to clarify the outline arrangements for the Summer term, to indicate when candidates can stop working on their current subjects, and for the subsequent educational and co-curricular opportunities that are planned for the second half of term.

Linguists of the Week
In Spanish for their excellent work:
  • KS3: Luke (8C), Will (8D), Hugo (8A), Leo (8B), Tom (8B), Josh (8A), Arjun (8D), Ben (8C).
  • KS4: Antony (10D), Oliver (10B), Constant (10A), Dan (10B), Dom (10B), Luke (10D), Louis (10B).
Historians of the Week
The final Historians of the Week this term are:
  • KS4: Jack (Year 10) and Ayshmit (Year 11) who both did super work on WW1 this week.
  • KS3: Eren (Year 9) and Murray, Sebastian, Raeef, Rohan and James (Year 7) who all demonstrated good concentration and super work this week.

Scientists of the Week
  • Kairav and Will (Year 7) for their interesting presentations on endangered animals
  • Kamran (Year 7) for his perseverance and improvement in his scientific studies
  • Harry (Year 7) for his regular, valuable contributions during lessons
  • Finley (Year 7) for his outstanding score in the recent CT exam
  • Finlay  (Year 7) for his outstanding score in the recent CT exam
  • Charlie (Year 9) for excellent following of the method for the handwashing practical
  • Finley (Year 9) excellent focus and work in lessons
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