A Day in the Life

We hope that this outline of a typical day will give you a sense of what it's like to be a pupil at the school.


8.00 Hot breakfast snacks are available. Most boys can get up at 7 or later, depending on how far the journey is to school. 7.20 is the earliest departure for any coach and even boys coming in from central London or Bucks on the Metropolitan Line can manage the journey in 45 minutes.

8.30am The school day starts with an Assembly, a tutor or form period. (There is a Head’s or Chaplain’s Assembly on Monday, and a House assembly on Wednesday)

9.00 – 11.00 Morning lessons take place, typically of one hour’s duration, but divided into 30-minute slots more frequently for the younger ones.

11.00 The Quarter is a break of a quarter of an hour with snacks and drinks available in the Lun (Tuck Shop) or the Dining Hall (Sixth Formers)

12.50 Lunch in the Dining Hall for the youngest boys (Third/Upper Third – Years 7/8) and soon after for those Sixth Formers with free periods. A weekly roster spans the period 1.10-1.30 so that every year group takes it in turn to eat either earlier or later.

1.40 Lunch is generally over by 1.30/1.40 and there are various activities such as Drama, orchestra and choir rehearsals. There are also debates, and society meetings.


2.30 Afternoon school begins. It finishes at 3.30 (except for Mondays from November-February, where an early end at 3.00 makes the most of daylight for Sports).

There are Sports on Mondays and Wednesdays and activities on other nights (Music and Drama practices, Fourth Form activities [Year 9], CCF, DoE and Community Service). Coach services cater for both those boys without a commitment (leaving at 3.55 and those with one (leaving at 5.30). Frequently, boys stay at school for an event or production or join an excursion to the theatre or a concert.