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During the school week, the boarders have full and busy days which are preceded by a relaxed communal breakfast at 8.00am. Lunch is shared with the day pupils and tends to be a convivial affair. After lessons and activities have finished, boarders relax until supper at 6.00pm. Supervised prep follows supper and the quantitiy of work required varies according to age. Once completed, the boarders are free to relax in their rooms and the common rooms until bedtime. Bedtimes are staggered according to age.
On Fridays, the weekly boarders are free to leave after school. Most return on Sunday evenings, some choose to return on Monday mornings.
A flexible programme of trips and events on Saturdays and Sundays provides a balance of cultural and fun activities. After a full and busy week, it is important that the boarders should enjoy some rest and relaxation, although we always endeavour to offer opportunities for them to get out and about on organised excursions. Paint-balling, go-karting, swimming, concerts, plays, occasional trips to new releases at the Odeon, shopping, as well as visiting places of historical interest (eg Stonehenge, Bath and Oxford), are examples of weekend activities on offer. London is also a popular destination, especially when it is combined with a show!
Following supervised prep on Saturday mornings, our aim is to provide a mixture of relaxation time and enjoyable activities, to contrast with the busy and structured weekly routine. It is all quite relaxed, informal and flexible - aiming where possible, to fit around individual needs and preferences. Creative activities such as t-shirt designing are encouraged, as well as outdoor pursuits, such as den building and boating.
Boarders are sometimes invited out by day students and their families at weekends. With parental approval, this is encouraged, since it helps to maintain the excellent interaction that exists between day pupils and boarders.