A day in the life of a pupil at Charlton

A day in the life of a pupil at Charlton House Independent School

At Charlton House, we live out our mission statement to ‘Love One Another’ throughout our entire school day. It is reflected in everything that staff and pupils do. We are so proud of our school and that is abundantly obvious from the moment you are welcomed through our gates.

Breakfast Care Opens07:30
School gates formally open08:40
Registration, prayers and Early Morning Activity08:40-09:10
Lesson 109:10-10:20
Morning Break10:20-10:40
Lesson 210:40-11:30
Lesson 311:30-12:15
Lunchtime12:15-13:05
Lesson 413:05-14:15
Afternoon Break for Year R-314:15-14:35
Lesson 514:35-15:15
Whole school reading15:15-15:45
School day ends15:45
After-school Care begin15:45-18:00

Breakfast club welcomes pupils in to start the day from 07:00, however the school day starts after the gates are opened at 08:40 and the children come straight into class to start their early morning activity, linking to a variety of core subjects to get their minds warmed-up for the rest of the day.

Whole school assemblies are an important part of our school day on a Monday and a Friday. Monday’s assembly leads on from the Sunday Gospel, and our ‘heart value’ for the week is shared with the children. Our ‘heart values’ emanate from our mission statement and reflect the different ways that we can evidence that we ‘Love One Another’, through values such as respect, honesty and integrity.

Throughout the week during lessons, playtimes, lunchtimes and after school clubs, the child’s voice always plays a major role in the school. Our staff and students enjoy a highly supportive relationship that is built upon mutual respect. Children partake in exciting, hands-on and interactive lessons that foster excitement and awe and engender a desire to learn more.

These lessons take place either inside our bright and spacious classrooms or outside within our extensive grounds where pupils enjoy connecting with nature and bringing a fresh perspective to their learning. Children are given a variety of opportunities to discuss and share their work with others in class, through performances and presenting what they have written, building confidence and poise.

At 3.15pm every day, children and staff throughout the school stop and read. A love of books and reading is nurtured from the first day a pupil starts school at Charlton House and this is a passion that we encourage and grow as educators. Children may listen to a high-quality piece of literature read by a teacher or ‘buddy-up’ with another pupil in a different class and share a book together.

On a Friday we gather for our ‘Celebration assembly’, where certificates are awarded and the children’s hard work and efforts are collegiately celebrated. It is a wonderful time to come together and share all of the achievements from the week.

After prayers, the school day finishes at 15:45 and pupils are then invited to participate in a wide spectrum of after-school clubs, ranging from judo to Latin and ballroom dancing; from football and badminton through to arts & crafts club and boardgames club; from wall-climbing club through to paddle-boarding (in fairer weather). Our clubs are selected to reflect a range that caters for long-established interests and pastimes through to modern and contemporary sports and also cater for a wide range of ability.

Following clubs concluding between 16:00 and 17:00, pupils are invited to afterschool-care and Homework Club where a hot dinner is offered. In everything we do, we think of others and pupils and parents are very much at the forefront of our mind when we consider the length of our day. Covid-19 has presented its challenges to pupils and parents alike and therefore we offer flexibility in terms of the time a parent elects to deliver and collect their cherished children. 

Regardless of how long each pupil’s day is here at Charlton House Independent School, you can rest assured that each and every pupil is hugely valued and matters to each and every member of staff.