A day in the life of Charlton House

What is a typical day at Charlton House Independent School like for pupils and staff?

At Charlton House, we live out our mission statement to ‘Love One Another’ throughout the 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 doors.

Breakfast Care7:30 – 8:40
School gates open8:40
Registration & Early Morning Work8:40 – 9:00
Lesson 19:00 – 10:00
Lesson 210:00 – 10:30
Morning Break10:30 – 10:50
Lesson 310:50 – 12:00
Assembly12:00 – 12:20
Lunchtime12:20 – 13:10
Lesson 413:10 – 14:20
Afternoon Break14:20 – 14:35
Lesson 514:35 – 15:40
School day ends15:45
After-school clubs15:45 – 16:45
After-school care15:45 – 18:00

All pupils spend a minimum of 35 hours and 25 minutes per week at school.

Breakfast Care welcomes pupils from 07:30. The school day starts at 08:40 when children come into classrooms and start early morning activities that are linked to core learning.

Whole school assemblies are an important part of our school day. We meet as a whole school almost every day:

Monday ~ Collective Worship
Tuesday ~ Learning Values Assembly / House Assembly
Wednesday ~ Hymn Practice 
Thursday ~ Headteacher’s Assembly 
Friday ~ Celebration Assembly

Monday’s Collective Worship leads on from the Sunday Gospel, and our ‘heart value’ for the week is shared with the children. ‘Heart values’ emanate from our mission statement and reflect the different ways we live out our mission statement; demonstrating values such as respect, honesty and integrity.

On a Friday we gather for our ‘Celebration Assembly,’ where certificates are awarded to children who have been demonstrating our core learning values. It is a wonderful time to come together and share all of the achievements from the week.

Our pupils and staff have highly supportive relationships, built upon mutual respect. Children partake in exciting, hands-on and interactive lessons that foster excitement, awe and engender a desire to learn more.

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

The school day finishes at 15:45 and pupils are invited to participate in a wide range of after-school clubs every day of the week. These currently range from Italian to Spanish; ballroom dancing to mindfulness; tennis to netball. Clubs are selected every term to reflect a range of passions and abilities. We aim to cater for long-established interests and pastimes through to modern and contemporary hobbies and skills.

Between 15:45 and 18:00, pupils may also attend Afterschool Care, provided by Early Starts (our on-site nursery).

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. Regardless of how long each pupil’s day, rest assured that each and every pupil is hugely valued and matters to each and every member of staff.