Can any day in a vibrant educational community be described as “routine”? However, learning is best undertaken within an orderly framework. This is ours.
The secondary school day starts at 9:00 each morning and finishes, officially, at 15:45 though after school, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities often mean that the school is still a hive of activity well after this time. Primary school starts at 09:10 and finishes at 15:30. Preschool officially starts at 09:15 and finishes at 15:30. (Refer to the section, “After Care Programmes” for extended routines offered to Preschool children.)
At secondary level, the curriculum is delivered within a timetable structure of 30 x 55-60 min. periods per week. This, combined with our small class policy, gives ample time and opportunity for real understanding of the course material to occur, not just to gain superficial knowledge. The slots in the daily routines of KS1 and KS2 are slightly shorter.
There are two breaks during the secondary teaching days, one rather longer than the other allowing pupils to eat lunch in the enclosed shaded area outside or in picnic areas in the school grounds. Primary and Preschool pupils enjoy breaks at different times to the secondary school.
Homework is timetabled and set in all subjects for both Primary and Upper schools. Homework for KS3 and upwards is estimated to occupy between 40 minutes (7th Yr) and an hour and a half to two hours (10th– 13th Yr.). A separate Homework Policy is in place for all pupils.
The school’s all weather football, basketball and volleyball area is available to students during breaks.