The School Day

The Prep School day runs from 8.35am-3.40pm, or until 3.30pm for Pre-Prep. The daytime schedule comprises eight lesson periods and includes break-time at 10.30am, lunch at 12.10pm and a travel break at 2.20pm. In order to accommodate the complex nature of modern working and parenting, extended day provision is available before and after standard school hours.

Children can be dropped off at school from 8.15am and will be supervised by a teacher in the Atkinson Hall and able to play games and activities before registering in their classrooms at 8.35am. There is also the option for children to join the boarders for breakfast from 7.30am, charged at £6 per day.

Our after-school provision means children are able to stay on until 4.45pm at no extra charge. Our comprehensive programme of after-school activities and clubs means children are kept fully occupied. On days when they don’t have an activity to attend, older children can sign-in to complete their prep, while Pre-Prep pupils are able to play and enjoy story-time. Children must sign-out at 4.45pm, having supplied their class teacher earlier in the day with their pick-up or travel home arrangements.

The day can be extended further should families need to collect children later. Pick-up at 6pm including tea is charged at £6 and pick up by 7pm including tea is charged at £12. Children are looked after in the Prep School boarding house. Flexi or occasional boarding is also available to families who need their child to stay overnight at school.


“We feel very privileged to have the option of occasional boarding, it is like a home-from-home for our daughter; she feels safe and comfortable and always has good fun when she is there. We also feel confident that she is in good hands with the boarding house staff. Prep School is like one big family and the optional boarding is an extension of that family.” Donna Dobson, parent, 2016

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