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Claires Court School

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Claires Court School
Claires Court Schools Logo.jpg
1 College Avenue

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Coordinates51°31′28″N 0°43′54″W / 51.5244°N 0.7317°W / 51.5244; -0.7317
TypeIndependent day school
Established1960 (1960)
Local authorityWindsor and Maidenhead Borough Council
Department for Education URN110153 Tables
Principals and ProprietorsJames and Hugh Wilding[1]
Age range2–18
Enrolment1,055 (2019)[2]

Claires Court School is a 2–18 all-through independent day school and sixth form in Maidenhead, Berkshire, England. As one of a small number of diamond schools, it is unique in that while its nursery and sixth form are mixed, the primary and secondary phases are single-sex.[3][better source needed]


Founded in 1960 by David and Josephine Wilding, as a day and boarding school for boys aged 6+ to 13, Claires Court grew quickly to 180 pupils by 1970.[4] Ridgeway, originally acquired in 1964 to provide full and weekly boarding accommodation, was converted to be the junior school in 1975 when the age range at the Ray Mill Road East site was extended to 16 year-olds. By 1980 the school roll was approximately 280.

Having joined the teaching staff in September 1975, their son James became Master in charge of the Senior School in January 1981; the previous August the family business had been joined by Hugh as Bursar. In 1993, the Wildings acquired Maidenhead College, an independent day school for girls, formerly known as the Convent of the Nativity. In January 2017, the school continues on three sites; a co-ed Nursery leads to separate single sex boys and girls sections providing education to 16+, the co-ed Sixth form, now in its 25th year, completes the diamond. In December 2017, Claires Court under 13 girls won the ISA London West Netball Tournament.[5]

On 28 November 2013 and 23 June 2016 the local Maidenhead Advertiser covered plans to coalesce the existing three sites onto that of the Junior Boys school. The converged site had a planned capacity of just under 1200 students. On 4 January 2018 the Maidenhead Advertiser reported that the school had applied for planning permission for the new campus.[needs update] On 28 August 2019, at a meeting of the Planning Committee, RBWM councillors officially and near unanimously rejected the applications after detailed objections from local residents, who had campaigned for over three years to prevent the loss of greenbelt and against the detrimental environmental and infrastructure effects cited by the council members as the reasons for refusal.[6] The school appealed the decision, but on 21 December 2020 the appeal for the school campus and Hockey club infrastructure was rejected.

Notable former pupils

Notable alumni include: Farah Zeynep Abdullah, Ali Bastian, Christian Colson, Chris Cracknell, Simon Dennis, Michael Geoghegan, Amber Hill, Nick Kennedy, Nils Mordt, James (Lord) O'Shaughnessy, Ellie Rayer, Mark Richardson, and Ben Sneesby.

Current status

As at the 2017 Annual School Census, 130 teachers and 50 assistants have charge of 1090 pupils, supported by a further 150 ancillary staff. The school has a successful athletics program, and several students have become national champions.[7]


The School has a very successful rowing club called the Claires Court School Boat Club.[8]


  1. ^ "Our School". Claires Court Schools. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Claires Court Schools". Get information about schools. GOV.UK. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  3. ^ Claires Court website
  4. ^ The Claires Court Review 1970
  5. ^ "Netball: Claires Court School win the ISA London West Netball Tournament". Royal Borough Observer. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  6. ^ "Claire's Court Plans for Cox Green rejected by councillors". Maidenhead Advertiser. Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  7. ^ Mayo, Nick (25 June 2013). "Claires Court School athletes are national champions". Maidenhead Advertiser. Retrieved 15 August 2015.
  8. ^ "Club details". British Rowing.

External links

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