The day starts with a really good breakfast, after which everyone goes off to do music practice (with suitable support from the music staff). Next comes choir practice in the Abbey’s purpose-built new song school, just opposite the main school. And then the normal school day begins at 9:30 am in much the same way as you would expect in other schools. One significant difference, however, is that we timetable all instrumental practice and music making so that it forms an integral part of the curriculum and at a level appropriate for choristers. Classes are small – usually between five and eight boys – and we teach in dedicated year groups with subject specialist teachers.
We all sit down for lunch together – staff and pupils – and often there is also a visitor or two to join us.
Lessons end at 3:30 pm to allow time for a snack and a break before a choir rehearsal at 4:00 pm and the service of Evensong at 5:00 pm.
After an evening meal at 6:00 pm there is time for some private study before some much appreciated free time – with the opportunity to play with friends, visit the nearby sports centre or just to relax, making use of the school’s extensive facilities.
Bedtime is then a gentle end to the day.