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Life in the College

The College Day

On arrival each morning, College students meet their Form Tutor in the Form Room for registration.

Form time is important and is used to make sure students are in attendance, punctual, up to speed with what is happening each day/ week and also that they are organised and hand in work on time. Each student is issued with a College Diary in which they are expected to record all their homework assignments and key events.  This is checked on a regular basis by their Form Tutor and we ask parents to do the same, so we can all help students stay on top of their school commitments.

This session is also used to explore latest news and current affairs and each week, there is a topical debate, based on which we submit our views to the government via VotesforSchools.  This encourages a healthy interest and understanding of topical issues and enables teachers to offer explanation and context.  Career and further study may also be discussed as well as a wide range of PSHE topics.

A typical College day follows the timetable below:

Day Begins – 8.20am Registration

Form Time / Assembly – 8.20am – 8.50am

Session 1 – 8.50am – 10.50am (3 periods)

Morning Break – 10.50am – 11.20am

Session 2 – 11.20am – 12.40pm (2 periods)

Lunch / Extras – 12.40pm – 1.50pm

Session 3 – 1.50pm – 3.10pm (2 periods)

Afternoon Break – 3.10pm – 3.20pm

Session 4 – 3.20pm – 4.40pm (2 periods)

Reading Period – 4.40pm – 5.00pm

End of school day – 5.00pm

Prep (optional) – 5.00pm – 6.00pm



Assemblies & Church Services

Assemblies and Church Services take place on Tuesday mornings.  Assemblies are a chance for the College to meet and celebrate student achievements as well as to report back on excursions and interesting news.  Each Form also puts on a termly assembly, based on the theme for the term.

Our School Chaplain, Canon Tony Kaunhoven takes a number of special assemblies in school every term and the dates are noted in the College calendar.

College students join the Prep School to attend church for special services during term time including Ash Wednesday, Harvest and Christmas.  The walk to Bakewell Church has become a S. Anselm’s tradition, with the students processing down Stanedge Road often to the sound of pealing bells.

The College also joins the Prep School for the termly prize giving during the last week of term.


Break times

Break times offer students the opportunity to relax, prepare for their next lessons or join one of the extra activities or musical ensembles on offer.

College students have the exclusive use of a spacious College Common Room as well as S. Anselm’s many outdoor spaces, where they can chat with friends, play table tennis or use the Astro Turf.  Arkwright and Prefects also have a designated common room.  Both areas contain secure lockers for personal items and laptops.

A range of musical ensembles and clubs also take place in morning, afternoon and lunchtime breaks (mindfulness, 3D printing, Mandarin and debating, to name a few), as well as a range of sports activities (fitness, hockey and swimming) and a STEM group who meet weekly and have recently been working on the launch of a high altitude hot air balloon.



A nutritious and hot two course school lunch is served each day in the main school Dining Room and on a rota basis, the College students may select from an extensive fresh salad bar.  College pupils are seated together with members of College staff.  Before and after eating, Grace is said.

The Dining Room is at the heart of S. Anselm’s and is always decorated for special celebration meals including Harvest, Halloween, Christmas and Easter, among others.  The weekly roast lunch each Tuesday is also a firm favourite!

As a privilege, students in Arkwright may go into Bakewell once a week for their lunch.


Prep (Homework)

College students are welcome to stay for supervised Prep between 5.00pm and 6.00pm in the College each night.  Kinder and Derwent pupils should expect two preps of approximately 30 minutes each, every evening. 


Music Practice

The practice rooms in the School of Music are available for use between 7.00am and 7.30pm and students are encouraged to do their instrumental practice once their prep has been completed.



Activity sessions for College students are scheduled on Friday mornings and this is planned so the activity may run into and include part of lunchtimes.  Students select activities termly and seasonal options include tennis at Abbeydale Tennis Club, core fitness at FitMissions in Bakewell, scuba diving in the school swimming pool, golf at Matlock Golf Club or sailing at Carsington Sailing Club.

Evening training sessions include hockey and netball, held on the S. Anselm’s Astro Turf.

Further activity sessions are timetabled at break times. These have included swimming, fitness, netball, hockey, cricket and football.

All our students are also expected to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme at Bronze Award level, as we think this is a very important endeavour.  The expedition element requires some weekend attendance and these commitments are listed in the college calendar.



Saturday Commitments

During term times optional College classes take place on a Saturday when necessary and these may include subject classes, revision sessions and exam practice and for those students sitting examinations.  Parents are informed if these options are available.  Duke of Edinburgh commitments are also required and these are noted in the college calendar.