The boarders wake at 7.15am on weekday mornings. After washing and dressing in their school uniforms, they eat a cooked breakfast in the school refectory together with their house staff. There is always a good choice of cereals and toast in
addition to the cooked option. Many boarders enjoy a morning cup of tea or coffee, and there is occasionally hot-chocolate! After breakfast the staff ensure the boys have cleaned their teeth and are well-organised for the day ahead. The boys leave the boarding house by 8.20am, before the start of morning registration at 8.30am.
At the close of afternoon registration, at 4.20pm, boarders return to their boarding house where a drink and a snack is served. The boarders are then encouraged to change out of their school uniform before leaving the house to attend one of the many after-school clubs and activities, or to attend Prep where they are supported to complete their homework. At 5.30pm, day boys go home, and those boarders leaving their after-school club or junior Prep return to the boarding house. Senior boarders’ Prep continues until 6pm.
Supper is served in the refectory between 5.30pm and 6.15pm, and the boarders eat alongside the house staff. At supper there is always a main cooked option, a vegetarian option, and there is usually a Panini or baguette option as well. Fruit is available at all meals.
After eating boarders enjoy some free leisure time. At 6.30pm, boarders in Main House join together in their common-rooms to watch the evening news, discussing current events and sharing opinions.
At 6.45pm all boarders and the house staff attend Chapel; a brief mid-evening assembly beginning with a short prayer. At Chapel boys may choose their evening activities, and notices are shared with the whole community.
At 7pm, those boys who have not yet completed their homework attend late Prep, in which they are supervised and supported by a member of the house staff. At this time there is often a long-activity planned. This may be an off-site hike, an art project, a sports-based activity, or something entirely different. Some older boarders may sometimes opt for free-time during this section of the evening, and are permitted to use the house facilities, be in their rooms, or enjoy the space of the site, whilst the house staff maintain a roaming supervision of all areas.
At 8pm, younger boarders can choose to participate in a sports activity or return to Main House in order to prepare for bed and spend time in the common-room.
At 8.30pm all younger boarders must be in Main House preparing for bed, and be in their rooms soon after 9pm, depending on their age. Lights-out is from 9.15pm depending on age. The house staff ensure each boy showers regularly (daily for older boarders) and that his teeth are cleaned before bed. They also support each boy in managing his clothing and laundry, making effective use of the school laundry system.
Older boarders, at 8.30pm may choose to take part in the late sports activity or return to the boarding house to spend time in the common-room or prepare for bed. At 9pm, all but the oldest boarders must be preparing for bed, and this time is often used by the house staff to bring their corridor of boys together for shared hot-chocolate. Lights-out in St Anthony’s House is from 9.45pm, depending on age, with the Sixth Form boarders’ Lights-out by 10.45pm, and often earlier.
The staff in each of the boarding houses sleep in their private flats within the boarding houses and remain on-call throughout the night.
Weekends are more relaxed, and breakfast is served at the later times of 9am on Saturday mornings and 9.30am on Sundays. Saturday morning’s breakfast is most usually a traditional English fry-up, with all the trimmings.
If a whole day’s trip to London, Portsmouth or elsewhere is not planned for the day, Saturday mornings usually allow boarders time in either Guildford or Basingstoke town centres for shopping, before returning to site for a cooked lunch. Saturday afternoons usually comprise organised activities either on or off the site, and Saturday evenings, after eating a cooked supper in the refectory, often find the boarders ten-pin bowling, or at the cinema, or ice-skating, or engaged in some other fun.
After Sunday’s breakfast, boarders usually sit down to complete their weekend homework, supported by the duty house staff. After lunch, there is often the opportunity to leave the site for an afternoon stroll, or a trip to a fun swimming-pool. A cooked supper is served in the refectory at 5.45pm before many of the weekly boarders return to school on Sunday evening. An organised sports-activity is led by a member of the house staff mid-evening.