The School Day

From the children's perspective every day is exciting and new, but we do have our daily routines which are outlined here.

Brookham Nursery Day

Morning sessions run from 8.15am to 11.45am. A hot lunch in the Highfield dining room is held at 11.45am for those wishing to stay a little longer.  Collection after lunch is at 1.00pm. Afternoon sessions run from 12.15pm to 3.15pm. 

Children may attend any days of the week that we have availability, and in any combination of morning and/or afternoon sessions, up to full time, five days a week. We also provide wrap-around childcare for working parents with 'Before School Care' from 8.00am, and an 'After School Care' facility from 3.15pm until 5.30pm. 

Brookham Pre-Prep School Day

Children may be dropped off from 8am in time for registration at 8.25am. There is a mid-morning break of 20 minutes, followed by a lunch break from 11.45am. Reception and Year 1 pick up is 3.20pm, Year 2 3.30pm and Year 3 Pick up is at 4.30pm.

After School Care

After School Club is provided by our own experienced staff and operates from 3.30 - 5.30pm every day. It offers a number of activities and includes a light tea in the form of sandwiches, cake and a drink at 4.00pm. Children may go straight from class to the club or if they are in Years 1,2 or 3 after their activity has finished.

Highfield Prep School Day

The School Day begins at 8.25am Monday to Friday and 9am on Saturday.  Day children may be collected at 4.40pm, or at 5.20pm if they have chosen to stay for an after school activity.

Wednesday afternoon is Games afternoon for Years 5 to 8 from 2.15pm-3.15pm, with most matches beginning at 2.30pm. Day children go home after Games from 3.30pm, but this time is variable depending on the length of the matches. There are no after school activities on Wednesdays. Boarders’ ‘Car Park Time’ begins from 3.30pm. Year 4 children have normal lessons until 3.30pm on Wednesday afternoons.

For Year 5 to 8 ‘Keys’ Activities take place Period 5 on Thursdays, followed by lessons in Period 6. Thursday afternoon is a Games afternoon for Year 4 from 2pm-3pm, with most matches beginning at 2.30pm. Games/matches are followed by the Year 4 Activities Programme from 3.30pm-4.30pm.

On Saturdays day children go home after Match Tea from 3.30pm again this is variable depending on the length of the matches.   

Food at Highfield & Brookham

Food at our school is very important - just ask the children! We have a fantastic team of enthusiastic and dedicated chefs who provide the children with a varied choice of delicious, nutritious and well-balanced meals, cooked on the premises using the healthiest cooking methods. We are passionate about recycling as much as we can, including oil and we are very proud of our 5 stars awarded from the Food Standards Agency for environmental health. We plan our three weekly menu cycle carefully to take into account seasonal variations and are happy to cater for a wide range of special diets.

For our current menus, please click on the relevant link below:


At the end of a very busy day, the boarders enjoy a relaxed meal with their friends and the boarding staff, sitting down together as an extended family. The meal is served from the hot counters and the children have a choice of homemade soup, full salad bar, ‘make your own’ wrap, baguette or bap bar, hot main choice with vegetarian option followed by a selection of cold dessert pots, cakes, popcorn pots and fresh fruit with tea and water to drink.