About Claires Court
Claires Court Schools are proprietarily owned and operated by Hugh and James Wilding. For those who like their historical facts, Claires Court first opened its doors as a preparatory school in September 1960 led by David and Josephine Wilding – parents of the current owners. In those days Claires Court was a boarding school and Ridgeway one of the boarding houses.
As the demand for boarding reduced, the School gradually moved to a day school to 13 years of age, extending over the years to add GCSE and thus a leaving age of 16.
In 1993 College came under the Claires Court umbrella adding co-ed Nursery provision and in 1994 the co-ed Sixth Form started with 19 boys and 1 girl!
Here therefore was the birth of our unique education – the statutory school years of education with boys and girls separate but meeting for extra curricular activities, the performing arts, departmental trips and so on.
Our achievements are many and varied – never assume that academic excellence is sufficient for our pupils – we want them to experience and achieve so much more and because of this, we offer an absolute fountain of opportunity to ensure that our boys and girls emerge into the world of work or university as well balanced individuals able to move forward in confidence and with competence.
Read our mission statement to see what we aim to achieve for your son or daughter – and above all else, visit us either on an Open Morning or by mutually convenient appointment – you will always be welcome!
From Nursery to Sixth Form Claires Court Schools offer a unique education
Hugh & James Wilding - Principals
When Claires Court first opened its doors in 1960 there were just 19 pupils. Today we are responsible for the care and education of well over 900 students from 3 up to 18 years.
It is a responsibility that we take seriously. Everything we do is geared towards developing bright, confident, caring young people who can and do achieve their full potential - academically, socially, on the playing fields and in the arts.
Our educational resources and sporting & leisure facilities are among the best in the area. Our teaching staff is well qualified, committed and enthusiastic.
The key to our success is a unique approach to your child's education - one that provides all the academic advantages of single-sex education combined with the best aspects of co-education.
We call it co-ordinated education. We begin and end with co-education in our Nursery and our Sixth Form.
From Reception to Year 11 our boys and girls are educated in a single sex environment. Their success speaks for itself.
But we also provide many opportunities for joint activity inside and outside the classroom - in the performing and creative arts, in sport, through our extensive extra-curricular programme and on outward -bound courses and organised holidays and educational trips.
Education tailor-made for your child
Though all the schools work closely together, each retains its own identity and individuality. All have earned excellent reputations for the quality of education and pastoral care they provide.
We never lose sight of the fact that each student is an individual and we work closely with parents to bring out the best in every pupil - an education tailored to fit your child from their first day at Nursery to their last in the Sixth Form.
At Claires Court we give each of our children the chance to fulfil his or her potential.
Hugh and James Wilding - Principals
Click the links below to download the curriculum statements as PDF files.