All pupils benefit from our extended day and boarding facilities, whether they are day pupils, full, weekly or flexi-boarders.
Approximately 60% of pupils are day pupils. Day pupils using school transport will leave the S chool at 6pm. Other day pupils may be collected at any time between 4pm and 6pm. By prior arrangement, pupils may stay for supper and be collected later in the evening.
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The School Day
The formal school day runs from 8.20am to 4pm. Tea is available for all pupils between 4.00pm and 4.15pm. Between 4.15pm and 5.55pm pupils may attend Supervised Prep or participate in a variety of co-curricular activities.
Here is one example of day in the life of a PHC sixth former.
Typical day for a SIXTH FORMer
Being a day student I arrive at school on one of the PHC School buses.
My day is usually a mixture of studies and lessons. I currently study three
A-levels; English Literature, History and French.
My classes are generally very small and this is incredibly useful as it allows my teachers and I to work together and tailor lessons to ensure I am getting the most from my lessons.
For instance, in History we have spent a lot of time discussing essay structures because this is something my teacher thinks can benefit me specifically.
My teachers are always easy to approach and often spend time outside of lessons to improve my essay writing skills.
During lunch I might be involved in our extra-curricular programme, SCITLLE (Serve, Create, Inspire, Thrive, Lead, Learn and Explore). For me, this includes activities such as debating or Model United Nations. On other days, I have the opportunity to go into Hitchin, our local town.
We have three Houses at PHC, Gloucester, Windsor and York. Each term we have House events during which pupils across all year groups work together as a House. This gives us a chance to bond with other year groups.
Following my lessons, I have time after school to take part in more SCITLLE activities or to do my prep. As Sixth Formers we have a dedicated study area, and we can also use the Libraries. We have access to a spacious and well-equiped kitchen area, and where we can cook, work or catch up with friends, which we all enjoy.
I find the time after school especially useful for studying or taking part in activities generally as I think it is a good way to really get involved in the whole School community.