Oakwood School's School Day

Our daily routine
The School Day

The School Day


The school is open from 8.15am to 6.00pm, Monday to Friday (special provision can be made for children to be dropped off early: please see below). We can only take responsibility for children during those hours. In an emergency, children can be supervised before and after these hours by the Houseparent. Registration takes place from 8.15 am onwards and for Prep School pupils, lessons begin at 8.35 am.


Breakfast is offered to all children who are being dropped off early (from 7.45 am), in order to help cater for working families. An additional cost of £3.00 is charged for breakfast. Children are offered cereals, toast and fruit juice. There is no requirement to book this service.

Morning Lessons

Lessons in the Prep School are 35 or 70 minutes in length. There are six lesson periods in the morning, during which the majority of the core subjects are taught. There is a 30-minute break at 10.20am. Lessons in the Pre-Prep run from 8.45am to 12noon, with a 30-minute break at 10.20am.


The Nursery children eat their hot lunches in the Nursery, sitting at tables with a member of staff. They are offered the same choices of hot and cold food as the rest of the school community and no packed lunches are required.

All other children enjoy lunch in the school dining room. There are two sittings – 12pm for Kindergarten to Year 2 and 1.00pm for Years 3-6.  Lunch is an important part of the day with pupils and staff eating together.  Manners and respect are recognised as being important aspects of education.  We take a moment to give thanks for all we have which children leading a quick grace.

A balanced meal is offered every day and children are encouraged to eat their vegetables. As well as a hot meal, a vegetarian option and salad bar are also offered. The Catering Team is happy to cater for children with any dietary requirements. Children are encouraged to stay hydrated throughout the day and water is served to the children at all breaks and lunchtime as well as being freely available throughout the day. All children from Reception - Year 6 are given a school water bottle to keep with them throughout the day.  Nursery and  Kindergarten have their own cups with names on in their classrooms and are encouraged to drink throughout the day.

Read more on the food we offer at Oakwood

Lunchtime Activities

There are many options for the children at Oakwood during the lunchtime break. As well as playing in the wonderful grounds, they can also choose to attend fencing, choir or ballet, or simply to read quietly in the spacious and inviting library. 


All children are offered a drink and a snack during morning break and again before clubs begin after school. We ask that children do not bring in any other snacks due to allergies that some children may have, however for special occasions please consult your child's Form Teacher.


There are four lesson periods after lunch, in the Prep School, and the school day ends at 3.30pm (Pre-Prep) and 4.15pm (Prep School).

The Daily Timetable

Nursery & Kindergarten

8.15 Classes open (Nursery can arrive up to 8.50 am)
8.50 Registration
9.00 - 12.00 Child initiated free play, adult led activities and outdoor experiences
12.00 End of Morning Session
1.30 End of ¾ session (inc. lunch)
1.30 to 3.30 Child initiated free play, adult led activities and outdoor experiences
3.30 End of full day, children depart

Breakfast Club (from 7.45 am) and Acorns Tea Club (to 6 pm) are available to all Pre-Prep children. Acorns Tea Club must be booked in advance via the School Office.

Reception, Year 1 & Year 2

8.15 Classes open
8.40 to 8.45 Registration
8.45 Lessons begin
10.20 Break
10.50 Lessons
12.00 to 12.45 Lunch
12.45 to 1.00 Break
1.00 - 1.15 Assembly
1.30 - 3.30 Lessons
3.30 Children depart

A wide range of After School Activities are open to children in Reception, Years 1 & 2. Alternatively, children may join 4.15 club if they are waiting for an older sibling to finish school at the slightly later time.

Prep School

8.15 Classes open
8.25 to 8.35 Registration
8.35 Lessons begin
10.20 Break
10.50 Lessons
12.35 Lunch, break and lunchtime clubs
1.35 Assembly
1.50 Lessons
4.10 Form time and de-registration
4.15 Children depart
4.15 Milk Bar, clubs and Prep begin
5.15 Clubs finish
6.00 Late Prep finishes

Breakfast Club (from 7.45 am) is available to all children. There is no need to book this in advance.

Supervised homework is available until 6pm every day.