School Day & Routines
Children are expected to arrive before registration which takes place at 8.20 a.m. If, for some reason, children in the Prep School must be left before 8 a.m., they must go to the dining room. A teacher is on supervisory duty from 8 a.m. It is a legal requirement for all pupils to register.
Morning break is at 11 a.m. A drink of squash is provided, and also biscuits or other snacks (including fruit). Children should not bring their own food for break.
There are three sittings for lunch. First lunch at 12.10 p.m. is a fairly formal affair with children in Years 3 & 4 being seated by class with their form teachers. Second and third lunches at 12.50 and 1.20 p.m. are run on a cafeteria system. Children sit with their Housemasters and house tutors and may leave the dining room when they have finished their meal. Vegetarians and children with food allergies or who are on special diets are fully catered for. Sickbay and our Head of Catering need to know of any special requirements.
Parents of children in Years 3 and 4 collect their children from their classrooms and a register is marked showing the child has been collected. Children in Year 5 must also check out with their form teachers but parents do not need to collect them from the classrooms. Children staying late for activities such as judo or ballet must still check out with their form teachers, but the register is marked indicating that they are staying late and are still on school premises.
Years 6-8 are dismissed by the member of staff taking their games, activities or prep.
It is a parent’s responsibility to see that their child is collected and taken home at the appropriate time. Parents are requested to collect their children promptly at Checkout times, both to help with the flow of traffic and to enable staff on duty to perform other duties.
From the beginning of Year 6 until the end of Year 8, children are required to stay for Prep. Tea is provided for children before Prep. In addition, there may occasionally be some work to finish off at home; there will be revision, prior to exams, and weekly spelling lists and tables to learn at home. Prep is done in school on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. and a Religious Studies prep is taken home and may be done over the weekend.
Saturday morning school starts at the beginning of Year 5. Saturday morning school ends at 12.50 p.m. However, there are often school or house matches in the afternoons with match teas for parents after all matches.
Games & Activities Programme
Either Games or a chosen activity take place every afternoon in the Prep School.
Children are expected to participate in games or activities each afternoon unless specifically put ‘Off Games’ by their parents. This must be authorised by a letter from home which should be handed in to the school office first thing in the morning.
There is a wide range of after-school activities available. For Years 3-5 these take place from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Senior activities take place from 6.10 p.m. – 7 p.m. Full details of these activities can be found in Extra-Curricular Activities.
Junior Boarders is an after-school care facility for the junior year groups, available on Mondays to Fridays. The children go to tea after Checkout and then are supervised from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. This can be useful for parents if they have an older child in the School, who does Prep until 6 p.m. There is no charge for this facility.
Years 3 & 4
Monday 4.30; Tuesday 4.30; Wednesday 3.30; Thursday 3.30; Friday 4.30
Monday 4.30; Tuesday 4.30; Wednesday 3.30; Thursday 4.30; Friday 4.30
Years 6 - 8
Monday 6.00; Tuesday 6.00; Wednesday 3.45 after games or matches;
Thursday 6.00; Friday 6.00; Saturday 12.50 unless in a match.
"Pupils have a strong sense of right and wrong [...] borne out by the exemplary behaviour of pupils in lessons and around the school."
ISI Inspection Report 2017