Rise and shine!
A busy day starts with boarders ready for breakfast in the Great Chamber by 7:30am. By 8:00am, day children are starting to arrive at school and at 8:15am all children are registered in tutor groups.
At morning registration messages are given to the children about the day ahead and in turn, form tutors might well have had emails from parents, or the boarding staff, about children’s particular needs and concerns, which can be addressed during this time. On certain days we hold whole school assemblies, whilst on other mornings children will have a form period, instrumental lesson or prayers in the Chapel.
On Sunday, breakfast is at 8.30am and children go to Mass in the Abbey Church at 10.00am.
Formal timetabled lessons start at 8:40am and the day is configured, so that there are good breaks for the children and also time given over to moving briskly from one lesson to the next. There are two lessons between 8:40am and 10:20am, then a 20 minute break with all children being offered a drink and snack which includes milk, fruit and a biscuit. Lessons 3 and 4 take place between 10:50am and 12:35pm.
The lunch break is long but broken into two parts, so that children have time to share a meal in the Great Chamber along with teachers and their friends; time to attend clubs, perhaps practise a musical instrument; attend to some unfinished work, or play in the wonderful Yorkshire countryside. Afternoon lessons begin again at 1:45pm
On most afternoons the children will have time set aside for games and/or activities. Our games programme refers to the seasonal sports which are on offer and activities refers to specialist events such as shooting, archery, golf and fencing. The afternoon timetable starts at 1:45pm and there are three 40 minute slots which take us up to the end of timetabled lessons at 5:00pm. Year 6 have an hour of games, or activities from Monday to Friday, with Wednesday afternoons being set aside for fixtures against other schools. Our Years 7 to 8 also have a full games timetable from Tuesday to Friday, with most of their competitive fixtures taking place on Saturday afternoons.
Children are able to receive the requisite amount of support for undertaking prep, based on their daily lessons, but the teachers are working towards helping all children develop a good degree of relative independence in this. This may include helping them to make good choices and encouragement to sustain their effort. Children are given opportunities to develop their reasoning skills and write well/tabulate appropriately. Lessons are sometimes supported with IT, but children are taught to take pride in their book work as an essential aspect of development. This is especially important as a way of supporting their understandings in a meaningful way.
At 4:50pm, a busy day of work and play is over and the children enjoy their evening meal before free time for activities. There is plenty to offer the children in the way of music, drama, art and sports, but also things like karate, table tennis, cross country running, mountain biking, model making and maths club take place amongst many other things.
Boarders have access to a games room, their own common rooms and after prayers at 8:30pm children shower, organise themselves for the new day, with matron to hand for any special needs and often a story before lights out at 9:00pm. The school offers 24 hour matronal care and supervision, so that at any point during the night there is someone on to deal with any issues that may arise.
There are lessons on Saturday mornings until 12.00pm. Saturday afternoon is usually taken up with sporting activities and free time. On Saturday evenings and Sundays there is time to relax; boarders enjoy a mix of free time and involvement in a range of organised activities including cinema trips, excursions, swimming or just playing in our beautiful grounds.