Claires Court School克莱尔庭院学校, Ray Mill Road East, Maidenhead,
Berkshire SL6 8TE
Tel: 01628 411470 Fax: 01628 411466
• BOYS, GIRLS, MIXED SIXTH, 2_–18, Day
• Pupils 905, Upper sixth 41
• Termly fees £1860–£2895
• Enquiries/application to the Registrar
What it’s like
Founded in 1960 as a prep school. A secondary department (13–16) was added in
1977 and a sixth form in 1994. The sixth form is co-educational; boys and girls
are taught separately in the remainder of the school. The school is on three
sites. The senior boys’ school is near Boulters Lock, on the River Thames, not
far from the centre of Maidenhead; the junior boys are at Ridgeway, to the west
of the town. The girls’ school is The College in the town. Co-educational
sixth-form teaching is at both the boys’ and girls’ schools. Academic standards
are good and results creditable. Music, drama and art are well supported. A fair
range of sports and games (including sailing and rowing on the Thames, and
judo). Community work and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme are popular.
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Total age range 2_–18; 905 day pupils (623 boys, 282
girls). Senior department 11–18, 495 pupils (361 boys, 134 girls).
Entrance: Main entry ages 2_, 11 and 16. Entrance by interview, school
reports; for sixth-form entry, usually GCSE at least grade C in sixth-form
subjects (but B in maths). All skills appreciated (particularly sport, music,
drama); no religious requirements (20% pupils Catholic but all denominations
represented). 50% of senior intake from state schools (plus few to sixth form).
Scholarships, bursaries & extras 30 pa scholarships, value
£100–£2000: 16 academic, 4 all-rounder, 2 sport, 2 art, 2 drama and 4 music (20
at 12, 10 at 16). Variable number of bursaries. Parents expected to buy
textbooks from Year 9.
Head & staff
Principal: James Wilding, in post from 1980. Educated at Douai and
Leicester University (biology, psychology). Previously Second Master and Science
Master at the school. Also Member of Executive Council and Area Co-ordinator
London West of ISA.
Teaching staff: 50 full time, 35 part time. Annual turnover 5%. Average
GCSE: In 2003, 57 pupils in Year 11: 70% gained at least grade C in 8+
subjects; 18% in 5–7 subjects. Average GCSE score 49 (51 over 5 years).
A-levels: 41 in upper sixth: 88% passed in 3+ subjects; 12% in 2
subjects. Average final point score achieved by upper sixth formers 290.
University & college entrance In 2003, 85% of sixth-form leavers went
on to a degree course (20% after a gap year). 6% took courses in medicine,
dentistry & veterinary science, 6% in science & engineering, 27% in humanities &
social sciences, 27% in art & design, 34% in vocational subjects (eg business
studies, languages, sports science). Others typically go straight into work.
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels. Study skills taught in Years 7 & 8.
17 GCSE subjects, 22 at AS/A-level.
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level, 3 at A-level;
in addition, all take AS-level general studies (A-level optional). 30% take
science A-levels; 30% arts/humanities; 40% both.
Vocational: Work experience available.
Special provision: Qualified teachers give individual help to dyslexics.
Also ESL help.
Languages: French (compulsory from age 7), German and Spanish offered to
GCSE, AS-level and A-level. Regular exchanges (France, Germany and Belgium).
Twinned with Belgian and French schools.
ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject (2 lessons/week) and across the
curriculum, eg collation of data in scientific experiments. 25 computers for
pupil use (12 hours a day), all networked and with email and internet access.
Music: Over 20% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams
can be taken. Some 5 musical groups including orchestra, choir, jazz band and
rock group. Pupils involved in Maidenhead secondary school music festival and
East Berks Music Centre.
Drama & dance: GCSE and A-level drama may be taken; dance offered for
girls. All pupils may be involved in school productions.
Art & design: On average, 30% take GCSE; 20% take A-level. Design also
Sport & activities
Sport: Rugby, soccer, cricket, athletics, swimming compulsory to age 13
for boys; netball, hockey, swimming for girls. Additional options: rowing,
sailing, tennis, badminton, basketball, judo, squash. Sixth formers are members
of local health and fitness facilities. GCSE and A-level sports studies, RYA
awards may be taken. Competes nationally in rowing and sailing, finalists in ARA
National Championships every year; county representatives in cricket, rugby,
athletics, tennis, hockey and netball.
Activities: Pupils take bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s
Award. 20 clubs eg public-speaking, electronics, photography, hovercraft.
Uniform: School uniform worn except in sixth form.
Houses & prefects: Competitive houses. Prefects, head boy/girl, appointed
by Principal after consultation with staff and pupils. Year group councils.
Religion: Non-denominational. Morning assembly compulsory.
Social: Boys’ and girls’ schools combine for public-speaking, drama and
music. Exchanges with Belgium, France and Germany; annual ski and sailing trips.
Pupils allowed to bring own car, bike or motorbike to school. Meals
self-service. No tobacco or alcohol allowed.
Discipline Pupils failing to produce homework once might expect to
complete it by the next lesson; those caught smoking on the premises could
expect suspension, pending further action, including expulsion.
Alumni association is run by Mrs Rosemary Barker, c/o the school.