Claires Court School

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Claires Court School
Claires Court Schools Logo.jpg
Established 1960
Type Independent school
Location Maidenhead, Berkshire

Claires Court School is a co-educational independent school situated in Maidenhead in Berkshire. It educates about 1000 students aged 3 to 18.[1]


Founded in 1960 by David and Josephine Wilding, as a day and boarding school for boys aged 7 to 13, Claires Court grew quickly to 200 pupils from the early 1970s. Ridgeway opened as a junior preparatory school for Claires Court, which extended its age range to 18-year-olds.

In 1981, their son James was appointed as Master in charge of the Senior School, and shortly afterwards the family business was joined by Hugh as Bursar. In 1993, the Wildings acquired Maidenhead College, a Girls' Independent School, formerly known as the Convent of the Nativity. In January 2005, the school is still thriving. 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 12th year with 112 students completes the picture. Now there are 3 schools- Claires Court Senior Boys, Claires Court Senior Girls and Junior Girls (The College) and also Claires Court Junior Boys (Ridgeway).

Notable former pupils[edit]

Notable alumni include: Michael Geoghegan, Nick Kennedy, Nils Mordt, Ali Bastian, Ben Sneesby, Farah Zeynep Abdullah, James (Lord) O'Shaughnessy and Amber Hill.

Current status[edit]

There are some 120 teachers on roll, teaching 980 pupils and supported by a further 120 support staff. The school has a successful athletics program, and several students have become national champions. [2]


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Coordinates: 51°31′28″N 0°43′54″W / 51.5244°N 0.7317°W / 51.5244; -0.7317