The School Day
There is always lots going on at both the Pre-Prep and Prep School. On this page you will find useful information about the daily routine ensuring everyone's day runs smoothly.
The doors are opened at 8.30 am. The girls may go directly to their classrooms. The girls must be in school by 8.40 am for registration. Assembly begins at 8.50am.
School ends at the following times: Reception - 3.15 pm; Year 1 - 3.20 pm; Year 2 - 3.25 pm.
Children are welcome to arrive from 8.05 am, when a member of staff will be on duty to supervise them in the playground (or Inner Hall if the weather is bad). If children arrive before 8.05 am, parents or carers should remain with them until a member of staff arrives. Children must be in their classrooms by 8.25am for registration. Assembly begins at 8.35 am.
All the children finish afternoon lessons at 3.30 pm. Extra-curricular clubs may go on until 4.15 or 4.30pm. Sports Squad training and fixtures may continue until 5.00pm.
Parents of Prep School pupils (aged 7+ to 10+) are welcome to apply for coach places for their children. Year 3 pupils are not permitted to use the coach service until after half-term in the Autumn Term. Full details of which areas the coach service covers can be found here.
Children have the choice of bringing in their own packed lunch or having a school lunch, the cost of which is added to the fees. The great majority of children opt for school lunch. Year 3 pupils are required to have school lunch unless prevented by extenuating personal circumstances. Vegetarian food is always available. Sample menu available here:
In addition to reading regularly at home, we ask the children to commit to the following homework schedule:
- • Reception: 15 minutes each weekend during the Spring and Summer Term only
- • Year 1: Two 10 minute activities to cover Maths, Literacy or Topics in addition once-weekly Spellings. It is also expected that children will read for 10 minutes each night.
- • Year 2: Approximately 60 minutes of activities to cover Spelling, Maths, Literacy and Topics. It is also expected that children will read for 10 minutes each night.
No holiday homework is set for Pre-Prep pupils
Year 3: Monday-Thursday: 20 minutes. Friday: 35 minutes.
Year 4: Monday - Thursday: 45 minutes. Friday: 30-45 minutes
Year 5: Monday - Thursday: 60 minutes. Friday: 75 minutes
Year 6: Monday - Thursday: 60 minutes. Friday: 75 minutes
Occasionally, in Year 5 and 6 this total will be extended by 30 minutes if a Maths practice paper is being done at home. A short project can be set during the holidays for Year 5 and Year 6.
The uniform is supplied by the Schoolblazer Company and can be ordered online. There are frequent second-hand uniform sales organised by the Parents' Association which will be notified to parents well in advance. For more details visit our For Parents page.
The Preparatory School offers an After School care service for Middle School pupils only during term time from 4.15-5.45pm. Pupils can go to the Late Room after school from 3.30-4.15pm.