Structure of the Day


A typical Maidwell Hall school day is as follows:

8:15am Arrival.
Day pupils are welcome to arrive as early as 7:40am and join our boarders for breakfast.

The whole school gathers to begin the day as a community.

8:50am Lessons 1-3.
Children are taught in form groups, with between 10 and 16 pupils in a class. Concentration levels are high in the mornings, so these lessons focus on the core subjects of maths and English.
10:50am Break time.
After working hard for three lessons, pupils enjoy a long break. They have their first ‘grog’ of the day – a special Maidwell tradition, which includes our famous home-made cookies or fruit and a drink. We offer a wide variety of scheduled activities for children to enjoy during their break time, ranging from taekwondo, woodwork and ballet to choir, cross-country and squash.
11.30am Lessons 4 and 5.
After letting off steam at break time, it’s back to the classroom for two more engaging and stimulating lessons.
12:45pm Lunchtime.
This is a real highlight of the day. Everyone gathers in the dining hall to eat together in a family environment. Delicious home-cooked meals are prepared by our own kitchen team, ensuring pupils enjoy a carefully balanced diet throughout the week. The food we provide is one of the exceptional features of life at Maidwell Hall.
1:20pm Lunch Break.
1:45pm Lessons 6 and 7.
Inspired by their reading, pupils return to their classrooms for two more lessons.

It’s time for some physical activity to reinvigorate the body and mind. Our pupils engage in sports and games every day, including football, rugby, cricket, hockey, netball and rounders, as well as a whole host of individual sports. Every Thursday we offer a carousel of activities to give children an opportunity to try new things. These could include, climbing, shooting, squash, cross-country, swimming, golf or a whole host of other options, including concert band.

For the Pre-Prep there are extra activities or Mindfulness Moments for them to choose from, followed by Grog and spelling practice.

3.15pm Our Pre-Prep children can go home at 3.15pm or stay for spelling practice and some of our wonderful activities until 5.30pm.

Prep or 'Stay and Play' for the Pre-Prep

All the children at Maidwell do their Prep at school, in classrooms overseen by a member of staff.

4.50-5.25pm Further prep for the upper years and 'Activities' for the younger part of the Prep School. The children have up to ten activities a day to choose from.

Home Time

for all day children unless they are staying for the later optional activities

6:00pm Supper.
There is a relaxed atmosphere at supper, as we end the school day with a family-style meal. Day pupils are welcome and encouraged to stay with us for supper.
6.00pm-7.00pm Further activities: The wide ranging activity list continues with our boarders and some day children making the most of all the opportunities.

Day pupils bid farewell to their friends for the day, while boarders have cereal and a hot drink before heading up to their dormitories. Children wind down with stories, board games and quiet activities with matron.

From 8:10pm Bedtime.
Boarders get ready for bed, with bedtime at 8:10pm for Forms VI and V (Years 3 and 4), 8:20pm for Form IV (Year 5), 8:40pm for Form III (Year 6), 9:00pm for Form II (Year 7) and 9.10pm for Form I (Year 8).

All boarders are given 10 minutes of reading time before lights out, helping them to relax and unwind after a busy school day.


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