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 8.35am 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 can arrive at school from 7.30am when they can have breakfast in the Dining Hall. Breakfast must be booked in advance by contacting whoffice@whall.school.

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 3.50pm and students should have left the School premises by 4.15pm unless in Late Study or in a staff supervised activity.

Late Study

Supervised Late Study on Mondays to Thursdays is held in the Library from 4.15pm until 6.00pm. 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 4.00pm.

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 9.00am if their daughter will be absent, 01732 468750 reception@whall.school. Immediately upon her return to School parents must give a written explanation for their daughter’s absence, addressed to the Headmistress headmistress@whall.school 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 reception@whall.school. 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.