Prep school > School Life > Timetable

In Years 3 and 4, children attend Gresham’s Prep from Monday to Friday and from Year 5 upwards, they are with us on six days a week with the addition of our bespoke Saturday school enrichment programme.

The school day starts with registration at 8.20am for all year groups. Our junior pupils in Years 3 and 4 have slightly earlier finishing times than children in Years 5 to 8, but they may stay for after school activities if they are ready for a longer day or have siblings in older year groups. A rich and varied evening activities programme is available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays until 6.25pm. As a general rule, the school day finishes at 5.15pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and on Wednesdays and Saturdays we provide a break in our busy week with early finish times between 3pm and 4pm, depending on the year group.

The school day is made up of 9 periods of 45 minute lessons and some of these are timetabled as longer double lessons to make the most of our outstanding facilities for art, drama, outdoor learning, music, sport and STEAM. Games and PE lessons take place on four out of five or five out of six days, where children receive dedicated sports coaching and/or compete in sports fixtures. All year groups receive class music lessons and individual music lessons are available at an additional cost, which are timetabled alongside normal lessons.

Prep School Sample Timetable




Wake up for boarders


Breakfast for boarders


Pupils to Tutor rooms

8.20  – 8.30am


8.30 – 8.45am

Assembly/Tutor time

8.50 – 10.25am


10.25 – 10.50am


10.50 – 12.25pm


12.25 – 2.00pm


Lunch break includes staggered lunch sittings and ample time for play. Many of the school’s facilities are open at lunchtimes and a number of supervised activities take place.

2.00 – 2.45pm


2.45 – 3.00pm
(snack available)



End of school day for Years 3 and 4 (Thursday and Friday)

4.00 – 5.00pm

After School Clubs for Years 3 and 4 (Thursday and Friday)


End of the school day (3.30pm on Wednesday and Friday)

5.15 – 5.25pm

Snack for pupils staying for Evening Activities

5.25 – 6.25pm

Evening activities (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday)

6.30pm (5.20pm Wednesday and Friday)

Supper for boarders 

6.50 – 8.00pm

Relaxation time for boarders, including time to contact home and a boarders’ evening activity

8.00 – 9.15pm

Boarders’ bedtime routine (depending on age)