The School Day

The school day at HNS starts with breakfast at 07.30 for those who like to have breakfast at school; otherwise, students arrive by 7:55am for registration followed by the first lesson. You can look at our Curriculum in more detail.

Sample timetable

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

7.55-8.05

English

7.55-8.05

Mathematics

7.55-8.05

English

7.55-8.05

Mathematics

7.55-8.05

Year 8: PSHE
Year 7: Assembly / Choir

8.05-8.50

Physical Education

8.05-8.50

Biology

8.05-8.50

Mathematics

8.05-8.50

Chemistry

8.05-8.50

English

8.55-9.40

Physical Education

8.55-9.40

English

8.55-9.40

Spanish

8.55-9.40

English

8.55-9.40

Mathematics

9.45-10.30

Mathematics

9.45-10.30

Core

9.45-10.30

Physics

9.45-10.30

Physical Education

9.45-10.30

Music

BREAK – 10.30-11.00

11.00-11.45

French

11.00-11.45

Geography

11.00-11.45

Art

11.00-11.45

Physical Education

11.00-11.45

Core

11.50-12.35

Spanish

11.50-12.35

Music

11.50-12.35

Art

11.50-12.35

History

11.50-12.35

French

12.40-13.25

English

12.40-13.25

Physical Education

12.40-13.25

Mathematics

12.40-13.25

Biology

12.40-13.25

History

13.25-15.15

Lunch, reading time and club
eg guitar

13.25-15.15

Lunch, reading time and club
eg yoga

13.25-15.15

Lunch, reading time and club
eg sport

13.25-15.15

Lunch, reading time and club
eg dance

13.25-15.15

Lunch, reading time and club
eg cookery

15.15-16.00

Prep

15.15-16.00

Prep

15.15-16.00

Prep / Music lesson

15.15-16.00

Prep

15.15-16.00

Prep

BREAK – 16.00-16.15

16.15-17.00

PLP – support / enrichment
eg netball squad

16.15-17.00

PLP- support / enrichment
eg art

16.15-17.00

Prep

16.15-17.00

PLP- support/ enrichment
eg coding

16.15-17.00

Year 7: PSHE
Year 8: Assembly / Choir


We divide the school day into a “Teaching Morning” and a “Study Afternoon” divided by an extended lunchtime. This works as follows:

  • Teaching Morning: We have six 45 – 50 minute lessons in the morning with movement breaks in between until lunch at 1.25-2.25pm. The form rooms contain the Chromebook charging stations where each student’s personal Chromebook charges overnight ready for the next day’s lessons. Students also have their individual lockers in their form rooms. Morning break of 30 minutes enables students to fill their water bottles, eat fruit, spend time outside, play table tennis, practice musical instruments or use their Chromebooks.
  • Lunch and Break: Before, or after, lunch, students have reading time. Reading may be individual or as a form activity with Friday being the day for writing reviews and taking comprehension tests. Lunch is followed by activities in teacher-led clubs from 2.30-3.15pm. These are used for sport and other forms of exercise such as yoga or dance, as well as a range of music activities. A range of other clubs such as cooking, drama and animation cater for a wide range of student interests.
  • Study Afternoon: From 3.15pm until 5pm children study, do their homework, have individual and small group music lessons and engage in various enrichment activities. The idea is to use this time for practice, thinking and revision. Children do not sit at a desk all the time – the afternoon is broken up into various units of activity to keep everyone engaged, motivated and interested. We also use this time for mentoring, house activities and personalised learning sessions. Students may stay until 6pm to practice their musical instrument or work with individual teachers on specific curriculum areas.

Our current students are enjoying and responding to our extended day because it is providing structure, an opportunity to learn from each other, and time to practice and learn (as well as plenty of time to do sports). By the time the students leave for the day their work is done and they can enjoy the evening with their family.

teacher in class
Assistant Headteacher Anna Williams talking to the class.

At HNS we celebrate talent and encourage our students to develop their interests in a range of activities. We have students who are training with professional sports clubs, playing in borough and national orchestras, acting in professional productions and singing in a variety of choirs. Where a student is really committed to an activity, and is supported by parents or carers, we will agree an earlier release time from school as long as the student is performing well in school both academically and behaviourally.