Saturday School is introduced at Gresham’s Prep. Our Year 3 and 4 children are invited to some special Saturday morning Chapel services and from Year 5 upwards, there is a full day of enrichment each Saturday, with Home Weekends (exeats) approximately every third Saturday.
The morning begins with our friendly Chapel service at 8.30am – highlights in the calendar include the Pet Service, Remembrance, our Carol Concert and Songs of Praise – this service is led by our School Chaplain and attended by children and staff as well as many parents and families. After Chapel, pupils have two sessions of Academic Enrichment, for example: interview technique, History of Art, reasoning, History of Medicine, literacy or numeracy booster groups and 11+, 13+ or scholarship preparation.
The children play sport on Saturdays, often competing in competitive fixtures. Sport is followed by our afternoon Enrichment programme which includes the Gresham’s Challenge and an enormous selection of activities from which the children can choose. Welly walks, photography, STEAM projects (building a glider), sea-fishing, fossil hunting, mural making, woodland fun (climbing, high ropes and zip wire), jewellery making, chess, retro-gaming, bullet journaling, mountain biking, musicals, football and Indian arts and crafts are just some of the options available.
“Saturday school for year 5+ includes wonderfully varied programme of enrichment activities.”
the good schools guide
Roughly every third weekend is either a ‘Home Weekend’ or a natural break in the term (Half Term or end of Term). Home Weekends start at 4.00pm on Fridays and day children return to school on Monday morning. Boarders may return on Sunday evening or Monday morning. Home Weekends provide a time for rest and recuperation as well as giving opportunity for the family to have a full weekend together.
Inevitably some important family occasions take place on Saturdays during term time and the Head is flexible in allowing children time away from school on these occasions.