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Life in the College

The College Day

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

Form time is important and is used to make sure pupils 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 pupil 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 weekly basis by the tutors and we ask parents to do the same so we can all help pupils 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 – 8.25am Registration

Form Time / Assembly – 8.25am – 9.00am

Session 1 – 9.00am – 11.00am (3 periods)

Morning Break – 11.00am – 11.20am

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

Lunch / Extras – 12.45pm – 2.05pm

Session 3 – 2.05pm – 3.25pm (2 periods)

Afternoon Break – 3.25pm – 3.40pm

Session 4 – 3.40pm – 5.00pm (2 periods)

End of school day – 5.00pm

Prep (optional) – 5.00pm – 6.00pm (6.30pm for Arkwright)



Assemblies & Church Services

Assemblies take place on Monday mornings. Our Monday Assemblies are a chance for the College to meet and celebrate pupils’ achievements. Assemblies are also an opportunity for pupils to perform and report back on excursions and interesting news.

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 pupils 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 children processing down Stanedge Road often to the sound of pealing bells.

The College also joins the Prep School for a whole school assembly at the start of term and also at termly prize giving during the last week of term.


Break times

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

College pupils have the exclusive use of a spacious common room and kitchen, where they can make themselves a warm drink/snack and chat with friends or play table tennis.  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, 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 pupils 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 dinner each Tuesday is also a firm favourite!


Prep (Homework)

College pupils 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. When the pupils start Arkwright the popular option of staying for prep is extended to 6.30pm as preps become longer, requiring up to 45 minutes per subject.


Music Practice

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



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

Two evening hockey training sessions are also held each week 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 pupils 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.