During the week, wake-up for boarders is at 7am. Matron and the House staff will ensure that all students are up on time but it is also expected that borders will quickly develop the self motivation to organise their own time. Breakfast is served at 7:30 and then there will be a House briefing at 8am followed by a the day starting at 8:15 in Tutor rooms.
It is at this point that day students will join us and all students in the school have the opportunity to meet with their Tutor and discuss any pressing issues or concerns. On a Tuesday and Thursday this Tutor time is extended for 25 minutes, creating two periods of quality time for tutors and tutees. It is at this time that tutors may discuss any teacher concerns as well as commend students for having done particularly well. Tutors will want to discuss upcoming deadlines and events as well as having more general pastoral conversations that will feed into the PSHCE programme.
On a Monday, Wednesday and a Friday at 8:20 there are assemblies. Monday is whole school assembly where the whole school gathers in the auditorium to listen to an address by one of the Senior Team. Wednesdays sees the school break down into year group Sections for assemblies led by the Section Heads and tailored to the specific needs of particular year groups. Fridays are House assemblies.
At 08:40, lessons begin. Lessons are 40 minutes long with 4 in the morning followed by a short break of 20 minutes and then another 2 before lunch. The afternoon sees another 3 lessons for Sixth Form students and their school day finishes at 4:10pm.
At 4:15pm students must either be privately studying in the library or involved in the co curricular programme. Dinner is served between 5:45 and 6:45. All day students must leave by 6pm. At 7:15 boarders will meet for a briefing in House and then study time will begin. Students in the Sixth Form are in charge of their own study time and are expected to manage their own time efficiently.
Weekends are a hive of activity. The Bryant programme operates on a Saturday morning, alongside numerous sports fixtures. Saturday afternoons have a thriving Arts programme, as well as many other opportunities for trips, rehearsals, sports practices, swimming and leisure activities on site. Saturday evenings will usually consist of organized events in House or possibly social events arranged on the site. Sunday mornings provides a more leisurely start and a later breakfast although there are also church services provided for those who would like it both Catholic and Presbyterian. Parents can insist their child attends church if they are Year 9 and below. Sunday afternoons incorporates an hour of reading, as well as Homework time and relaxation, ready for the start of another busy week.