The School Day

Every day can be a different experience at Old Buckenham Hall. To get a brief insight into a typical day at the school.

Pre-Prep pupils | Day Pupils | Boarding Pupils

Boarding Pupils

Very often the decision to board is one made by pupils and some may make the decision earlier than others. The Headmaster and staff are always available to aid in the decision making and to advise and support families in their choices. For those who choose to board we offer a range of activities and pursuits after school hours and weekends.

A dedicated team of pastoral staff ensure that each child is regarded as an individual. Within the safe and secure environment at OBH there is a feeling of being “home from home “ which is very definitely influenced by the strong family ethos at the heart of the school. OBH prides itself on its accessibility, and staff are always available to children and parents. A happy boarder is the result of a successful partnership between parents and school. For more information please contact our Head of Pastoral Care, Emma Easdale on 01449 740252.

Year 4 weekly boarder:

07.10 Matron pulls the curtains and puts on the lights – time to get up!
07.35 We run downstairs and I go to the Ark to check on my gerbils. After I’ve fed them I go to breakfast
07.45 Breakfast is great – sausages, beans and hash browns and cereal
08.20 After breakfast we go to our classrooms to meet our form teachers and get ready for the day
08.30 Assembly
08.50 First lesson – Double English – we are writing mini-sagas for a competition
09.50 Double Maths – we are making 3D solids from cardboard nets and learning their names
10.50 Break time! Biscuits and juice and fruit if we want it
11.10 Science – now we are looking at the solar system and planets
11.40 RS – we are learning about parables
12.10 Lunch time! Pasta Bolognese and treacle sponge to follow!
12.40 History – we are in the ICT room today to finish our brochures about the Victorians
13.10 Afternoon Break – time for a run around or an email home!
13.35 Registration
13.40 Geography – we are looking at the British Isles today!
14.10 Games – off to play netball
15.00 Tea – sandwich and a drink
15.10 Double Art – we are painting on canvas
16.40 Prep – I finish my underwater story, then I draw pictures to go with it
17.10 A game of uni-hoc before supper
17.50 Supper time! Chicken Caesar salad followed by jelly
18.30 Activities – I am doing table tennis in the Britten Hall with my friends. I check my gerbils just before my bed bell
19.25 Time for a shower, into PJ’s – we play cards, then lights out at 8.15pm. Tomorrow it is Saturday and I go home for the weekend after games!

Year 7 full boarder (Sunday Diary):

08.15 Wake-up time. We have a lie in on a Sunday morning
– I get to read my book for a while!
08.45 Breakfast – with pain au chocolat, and egg and bacon
09.15 I go to get my robes on for Chapel Choir and go to the mini-bus
10.00 Church is at Thorpe Morieux in the next village. My parents come to the service and then have coffee at school afterwards so I get to spend some time with them
11.00 I change down and after I have said goodbye to my parents I go off to activities – today I am doing clay pigeon shooting before lunch I go and visit my rabbit and clean her out and give her fresh food
13.00 Lunch time – my favourite roast beef and fruit salad and cream to follow
15.00 The bell rings for the scavenger hunt which the duty staff have organised. We have all been put into teams. There are clues all over the park – I hope we find them all!!
17.00 Just time to check my emails before line-up
17.30 Supper time – chicken fajitas and yoghurt
18.00 After supper the art room is open if anyone wants to go in. I go with some of my friends we are going to make a poster for our dorm
20.00 Bed bell. Time to go upstairs. Earlier lights out on a Sunday – we don’t mind after such a busy weekend!