The School Week
Our broad curriculum is designed to stimulate, inspire and challenge our pupils throughout their time with us, whilst preparing them for future success.
Reception to Year 2
Here at St Hugh’s School, from Reception to Year 2, the school week runs from Monday to Friday, starting at 8.25am and finishing at 3.30pm. The majority of the day is spent with the class teacher though the children move to different parts of the school for specialist teaching in ICT, music, PE, science and swimming (French is taught by a subject specialist but in the classroom). Lunch takes place in the dining hall with the children having the opportunity each day to choose from a range of freshly cooked meals or salad. At 3.30pm the children are ready for collection from the classroom though some remain for stay and play. There are two assemblies, a general one on Monday and a class assembly on Thursday which parents are encouraged to attend.
Years 3 and 4
In Years 3 and 4, the school week continues from Monday to Friday but lessons now run through to 4.15pm on every day except Wednesday. This allows the curriculum to be broadened, particularly with regards to Art, Forest School and Games with subject specialists in these areas being introduced. Wednesday afternoon focuses on games with matches against other schools, both home and away, often being played. Children also start to become more involved with choirs and orchestras in Years 3 and 4 as well as getting the opportunity to have individual music lessons.
Hobbies also begin more formally in Year 3, taking place from 4.15pm until 5pm for Years 3 to 8 every day except Wednesday.
Years 5 – 8
In Year 5 the school week encompasses Saturday as well. This allows us to continue to offer a vibrant curriculum with a significant amount of time being spent on creative activities that other schools often ignore in the focus on academia. The six day week means that we produce both fantastic academic results, never failing to get children into their first choice school, and give children other opportunities to excel whether it be on the stage, the games field or in the arts. We believe that every talent should be encouraged, not just those that come with a grade.
Prep is introduced at the end of Year 5 with Years 6, 7 and 8 having an hour of prep each evening. This reinforces the work done in the classroom and many of the children choose to do this in school as there is a member of staff available to help them.
A separate hobby programme takes place for those children who are boarding from 6.30-7.30pm each day.
Saturday afternoon is also a games afternoon with many parents taking the opportunity to watch their child train or play against other schools. It is also a very sociable end to the week with many parents often choosing to stay and chat in the pavilion over tea hosted by the Headmaster and his wife. Twice a term the school days finishes at 12.30pm on a Saturday.