The School Day
7.30 a.m. Rise
7.55 a.m. Breakfast
8.15 a.m. Morning Walk – Day children arrive
8.40 a.m. Monday & Friday – Go to the Ballroom for Assembly. Tues, Wed & Thursday – Go upstairs for reading period.
8.55 a.m. 1st Period + 5 minutes to organize for their next class
9.35 a.m. 2nd Period + 5 minutes to organize for their next class
10.15 a.m. 3rd Period
10.50 a.m. Break + small snack & drink
11.25 Prep (1st)
12.00 noon 4th Period + 5 minutes to organize for their next class
12.40 p.m. 5th Period
1.20 p.m. Lunch
1.40 p.m. Rest
2.15 p.m. Games
3.35 p.m. Milk & Bun (small snack & drink)
3.50 p.m. Reading Period
4.05 p.m. 6th Period + 5 minutes to organize for their next class
4.45 p.m. 7th Period
5.25 p.m. Prep (2nd)
6.00 p.m. Tea
6.15 p.m. Playtime/2nd Rest
8.00 – 9.30 p.m. Beds
The main time for children to interact informally with each other. This runs from 6.20 to 7.40, and a great variety of activities are on offer. There are some Extras available, notably Carpentry and Art Club. During the summer, they have forty acres in which to play and the range of activities is of course as wide as the sky. The summer is the time, for example, for the forts, an area of woodland where the children may construct small huts from whatever materials the woods and their imaginations can provide. Under careful but benign supervision, they occupy themselves happily for hours.
At other times of the year, we have good facilities for almost anything they want to do and will encourage them to experiment. A partial list includes drawing, playing board games, computing, reading, watching TV or videos (rationed and subject to discussion), practising music or playing in one of the school bands, playing indoor soccer or their own made-up games, rehearsing the play or even working.
Weekend activities vary widely according to the interests of the members of Staff on duty. One may offer something artistic, another something that involves more strenuous activity. After lunch the children usually have some free time while members of Staff are on hand to help. On other occasions, they may be taken by minibus on an outing – to visit a local castle or the cinema, or to go bowling, etc.
The school closes three times in the Autumn and Spring terms, twice in the Summer term. All terms have two ‘Exeat’ weekends, and the Autumn and Spring terms have a week-long Half-term also.