The School Year
The dates for School terms are published well in advance. They are emailed home and are always available to view, Term Dates. We expect, therefore that parents will not interrupt their daughter’s education by taking holidays in term time.
Termly calendars and fixtures are published and sent home in the preceding term.
Fixtures are accessed via the SOCS app and also available to view on this website.
The School Day
The Senior School day starts at 8.35 and students should make every effort to reach School by that time in order to attend registration and assembly (which is called ‘Prayers’ at Walthamstow Hall). If a student arrives late or is attending an early lesson during registration, she must report to the Hub Receptionist immediately on arrival and sign the Late Book before going to any other part of the School. Girls should not arrive at School before 8.00 unless Deputy Head, Mr Howson, has been informed before hand. If arriving before 8.20, girls should sign in the early morning register in the Hub reception.
A variety of clubs and activities take place during the extended lunch break including games practices, music and drama rehearsals and some extra-curricular lessons. Girls in Years 7 to Year 11 may not leave the school premises during the School day. Registration takes place at 15.50 and students should have left the School premises by 16.15 unless in Late Study or in a staff supervised activity.
Supervised Late Study on Mondays to Thursdays is held in the Library from 16.15 until 18.00. Students staying for Late Study have a traditional tea (fruit, bread, freshly baked cake, juice etc.) in the Dining Hall before making their way to the Library or ICT Suite where supervised Late Study is held.
Parents request that their daughters attend Late Study in advance. There is a charge for each session for supervision and refreshments.
All students who use the School mini buses automatically attend Late Study at no extra charge.
On Fridays all students leave at 16.00.
After School Activities
After School activities include choirs, orchestra, drama rehearsals, sports, clubs and fixtures. Students are expected to represent the School if selected for any of these activities.
Attendance and Absence
Parents must inform the School by 9.00 if their daughter will be absent, 01732 468750 email@example.com. Immediately upon her return to School parents must give a written explanation for their daughter’s absence, addressed to the Headmistress firstname.lastname@example.org or by letter handed in to the Form Tutor.
Requests for absence in advance should be made in writing addressed to the Headmistress, or by emailing email@example.com. No student will be allowed to leave School without prior permission. As far as possible all appointments should be made outside School hours, but should this be unavoidable girls must sign out and in again via the Hub Reception. If a student is sent home during the School Day, she must sign out at the Hub Reception when she leaves the building. If this is for medical reasons she must be collected by a parent.