School Life


A typical day

The staff at Shapwick School strive to make learning fun and interesting everyday.

Shapwick Prep

Shapwick Prep operates five days per week, and boarders enjoy activities/visits at the weekend. The school day starts at 8.50 am with assembly every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday in the local church. Tutor groups meet during this slot on a Wednesday morning and house meetings are held every Friday.

Formal lessons start at 9.15 am. Pupils study Reading, English and Maths nearly every morning to focus on their essential literacy and numeracy skills. These critical lessons are intercepted by a 25 minute mid-morning break at 10.45 am when pupils enjoy a well-earned playtime. A one hour lunch break starts at 12.45 pm.

The afternoon timetable is dedicated to a variety of subjects including: Art & Design, Design & Technology, Drama, Geography, History, ICT, Music, PE & Games, PSHE&C (Personal, Social, Health Education & Citizenship), Religious Education, Science

All studies are based broadly on the National Curriculum, adapted where necessary to meet each individual’s requirements and sympathetic to the challenges presented by dyslexia.

Lessons end at 3.50 pm with a short break, and then from 4.10pm all pupils have an activity or prep (i.e. homework) depending upon the day. The children are given English prep every Wednesday and Maths prep every Thursday. This is completed at school with teacher support between 4.10 pm and 5.00 pm before day pupils leave.

Shapwick Senior

Shapwick Senior operates formal lessons five and a half days per week, and boarders enjoy activities/visits on Saturday afternoons and Sundays. The school day is divided into ten half-an-hour sessions. The school day starts at 9.00am with assembly. Tutor groups meet every Monday morning.

Formal lessons start at 9.15 am. Lessons are arranged as double period sessions wherever possible to minimise disruption caused from pupils moving from one part of the school campus to another.

There is a morning break at 11.25 am until 11.45 am during which pupils enjoy a drink and fruit. A one hour lunch break starts at 12.45 pm, following by formal lessons until 3.55 pm.

At 3.55 pm pupils have a snack break during which time they are free to read emails, private study or enjoy some fresh air and play games/sport. At 4.25 pm all pupils are allocated an activity or do prep (i.e. homework) for the final hour of the day.

Year 10 and 11 pupils have two preps each week whilst year 9 have one prep per week. Boarders have a short second prep for 30 minutes in their boarding house to complete any work or for quiet reading. It is expected that day pupils will do likewise, but at home.

Every pupil, if not involved in that afternoon’s prep session, will be engaged in an activity, thus, year 9 have to choose four activities whilst year 10 and 11 have to choose three activities.

At 5.30pm day pupils are free to leave the campus and boarders prepare for supper which starts at 6pm in the school Dining Room.