A Typical Day

Weekday Boarding

07:00 -07:15am We get woken up by the staff and have a shower and go down to breakfast.  Breakfast is really good with a wide variety of things to eat.  Boarding staff register us in breakfast to ensure that we have a good healthy start to our busy school day.  We leave our dirty clothes in the laundry on our way down to breakfast and collect our clean clothes on our way back up into house.
08:10am In Years 7-11, our rooms need to be ready for inspection.  It is important that we make our beds, have clean floors and surfaces and all clothes neatly hung up in the wardrobe.  Boarding staff check every weekday morning.  They also check that we are wearing our school uniform correctly.
08:20am We start to make our way down to our tutor bases where we get registered everyday alongside the day pupils who are in our tutor group.  Years 7-11 can’t go back into house until the end of the day so it is important that we take all our books with us and leave them in our lockers.  We either stay in our bases for tutor time of go to the various assemblies that are held throughout the week.
09:05am First lesson starts.  We have two lessons before break.  Each lesson lasts for 55 minutes.
11:00am It is now break time.  We have the opportunity to purchase some food in the Ref if we are hungry and fancy a snack.
11:20am Lessons 3 and 4 take place after break.
13:15pm Lunchtimes start.  We go into lunch with our year group on a rota.  It is important to get the time right.  If you are doing a lunchtime activity, you may get an early lunch pass.
14:15pm Afternoon lessons begin.  We have two lessons after lunch.
16:10pm We go into tea and register with a member of boarding staff to let them know if we are going to an extra-curricular activity or back up into house to relax after the busy school day.  It is good to get involved in as many activities as you can after school.
18:00pm We all go into supper in the Ref to eat our evening meal together.
18:30pm We have a register in houses.  Notices will be given out and we can also collect our post.  It is important to listen to what the boarding staff have to say.  We have an Evening Prayer during this time on Monday and Wednesday.
18:45pm Prep begins.  If you are in KS3 you have to work for one hour, which includes reading a book if you finish all your homework early.  If you are in KS4 or KS5 you have to complete one and a half hours of prep.  Prep can take place in the library, the sixth form centre, a supervised study room or in house.  If you need extra support, boarding staff are available.  You may have a tutorial meeting with your boarding tutor at this time as well.  This is really useful for discussing all things good and bad!
20:15pm Prep ends.  On Monday’s and Wednesday’s we can join in activities including using the gym, playing football, playing music, doing art.  The Snack Shack will also be open for you to buy drinks and snacks.
20:45pm On Tuesday and Thursday, we have a Night Prayer in church at this time.  We all come together as one big community for this reflection and  students are encouraged to lead the prayer.
21:15pm Bedtimes begin.  Year 7 and 8 go to bed at 21:15, Year 9 at 21:30, Year 10 at 21:45, Year 11 at 22:00 and the Sixth from go to bed at 22:30.  Students in Years 7-10 have to hand in their electronic devices at bedtime in order to get a good night’s sleep.  These devices can be collected first thing in the morning.

Weekend Boarding

Saturday

08:00 -08:30am If you are playing a fixture on a Saturday morning, you may need to be woken up early to go to continental breakfast in the Ref.  Equally, if you are an early bird, you can also go and have some breakfast at this time.  It is great to get involved in sport and fixtures on a Saturday.
10:00am Boarding staff will go around and wake everyone up at 10:00 after a lovely long lie in.
10:30-11:00am Time for brunch!  This is one of our favourite meals in the week and one we all look forward to.  There is a huge choice of food to set you up for the day.
13:00-16:30pm Various shopping trips take place on a Saturday afternoon.  Boarding staff may have booked a coach to take you into Leicester or you may choose to go on the school mini-buses for a shorter shopping trip to a local shopping centre in Thurmaston, just 5 minutes away from school.  Here there are a variety of shops including a big supermarket, enabling you to get in some snacks to enjoy throughout the week.  There are fridge-freezers in house where this food can be stored but don’t forget to put your name on it!
15:00pm If you are in school, we have tea at three o’clock and all pupils must go there to be registered.  If you decide not to go shopping, Saturday afternoons are great for relaxing and catching up after the busy week.
18:00pm Supper is at this time and again, all students must attend.  It is the expectation at weekends that pupils attend all meal times even if they have had something to eat whilst out and about.
18:30pm We have a register in house at this time and we run through the activities for the rest of the day and discuss details for the Sunday trips.  It is also the time when we organise our helpers for Mass on Sunday.
19:00pm The sports hall and gym are usually available on Saturday evenings which is always popular and good fun.  You can also use the supervised kitchens in house if you wish to do some cooking or baking with friends.  Saturday night biscuit making is fun!
20:30pm On some Saturday evenings throughout the term, the Sixth Form Bar is opened for a Sixth Form Social.  Here, the sixth formers have the opportunity to have a drink with their friends, play pool, listen to music and socialise together with some of the boarding staff.
21:45pm Staggered bedtimes start which are half an hour later than during the week.
21:15pm Bedtimes begin.  Year 7 and 8 go to bed at 21:30, Year 9 at 21:45, Year 10 at 22:00, Year 11 at 22:30 and the Sixth from go to bed at 23:00.  Students in Years 7-10 have to hand in their electronic devices at bedtime in order to get a good night’s sleep.  These devices can be collected first thing in the morning.

Sunday

08:45am We are woken up at this time to get ready for Mass in the College Chapel.  There is an optional breakfast between 08:30 and 09:00 if you want something to eat before the service.  Sometimes we can go in our casual clothes or it may be a uniform Mass.
09:20am We have a quick register before going down to the College Chapel to check we are all there are looking smart enough.
09:30-10:30am This is Mass time.  Mass is a special time in the week when the boarding community come together to embrace the Catholic ethos of the school.  It is a time for quiet reflection, singing hymns, praying for our own special intentions and receiving the body of Christ or a blessing.
10:30-11:15am After church we go to the ref for our Sunday brunch.  Just like on Saturday, this is one of our favourite meals with lots of choice.
12:00pm Usually around this time we depart for our various Sunday trips.  This could be to visit another city, a cinema outing, theme park, bowling, escape room, go-karting or in-house activities.  There is always something fun to do.  It is not compulsory to go on all the trips but it is important to get involved in as many as you can as it is a great way to get off site and have a break from school with your friends.  If it is a whole day trip and we need to leave earlier, we will have Mass on Saturday evening. It is important that you sign up for all the trips that you want to go on or you may miss out.
15:00pm If you are in school, we have tea at three o’clock and all pupils must go there to be registered.
18:00pm Sunday supper is at this time and all students must attend and will be registered in the ref.  Our Sunday meal is a special family occasion.  We like to take our time over this meal and enjoy conversations with staff at the tables.  We are never allowed our phones at meal times, so there is no distraction.
18:45 – 19:45pm This is now prep time and an opportunity to ensure that all your homework is complete before the start of another school week.
19:45 – 20:45pm The sports hall and gym are usually available on Sunday evenings at this time.
21:00pm All boarders have a room inspection at this time.  It is important that all clothes are put away, the floors are tidy, desks and sink areas are tidy and the bed is made.
21:15pm Staggered bedtimes start.  You should be organised and ready to go to school the next day.