The new timetable will see curriculum Saturday lessons absorbed into the normal Monday to Friday schedule, with no loss of contact time and a new look optional Saturday programme. Saturday mornings will be fully staffed, alive with tried and tested academic activities (along with some new ones) and embody a relaxed atmosphere. Pupils at the College will continue to take part in competitive sport on Saturday afternoons.
In a letter to the current parents, Headmaster Tom Lawson stated, ‘we have significantly improved the timetable following feedback from parents, pupils, and staff.’
The Monday to Friday timetable changes will increase the amount of lesson time devoted to each subject, with plenty of breathing space and variety along the way to maintain a healthy, whole-of-learning approach.
The changes will create tangible benefits for an increasing proportion of families in which both parents have busy working schedules, and provide new guided enrichment opportunities for the thriving boarding and day community.
Mr Lawson added, ‘this is a watershed moment for the College. We are excited to move forward with the restructure of the shape of the school week. In so doing, we have taken the opportunity to improve academic outcomes by maximising the use of the best teaching and learning times on weekdays, and retained the College’s commitment to providing the time to deliver a breadth and depth of education that is superb.’
Launching in September 2019, the new shape of the week offers families a gold standard contemporary menu, delivered by a school with over 150 years of education knowhow.