A Typical Day
In a school as small and dynamic as Brockwood, the daily programme is often varied, but here is a typical agenda for a working day:
|7.50 am||Morning Meeting (an optional, quiet meeting) in the Study|
|8.30 am||Morning Jobs and Morning Group: Both students and staff assist in the cleaning of the school or attend a meeting at which topical issues in the school are dealt with|
|9.05 am||Morning Assembly for the whole School in the Assembly Hall|
|9.30 am||Courses. Varying lengths of session depending on the courses|
|1.00 pm||Lunch: the main meal of the day. Students and staff members share in washing the dishes after meals|
|2.30 pm||Courses or sports, every afternoon|
|4.45 pm||Tea: snacks and drinks provided|
|5.00 pm||Clubs, activities, meetings|
|7.00 pm||Supper: an evening meal with salads and a hot dish|
|8.15 pm||Study hall, presentations, documentaries|
|9.30 pm||Quiet in the house|
|10.00 pm||The day ends: all students in their own rooms for the night|
What is the Morning Meeting?
Each School day begins with the Morning Meeting. Students and staff who wish to sit quietly for 10 minutes in the Study. The intention of the Morning Meeting is to begin the day with an awareness of our environment (involving all our senses) and ourselves (including our bodies and the movement of thoughts and feelings).
What is the Morning Assembly?
On Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays there is either a reflective presentation or quiet. For example somebody may share some music, a reading, or some poetry. On Wednesdays and Thursdays we share something we’re working on, thinking about, or reading. This is followed by 5 minutes of silent contemplation.
What is the food like at Brockwood?
We take a great deal of care preparing meals, which are all vegetarian. Wherever possible, organic ingredients are used from our own large organic vegetable garden. Students assist in the care of the garden, helping with the planting and harvesting and the food is made for taste, health and balance.
Where will I be living?
In general, the girls live on the upstairs floors of the main house or in the left wing of the Pavilions and the boys live in separate building called the Cloisters or in the right wing of the Pavilions. Teachers and other staff members live side by side and look after the students living in that area.
When does the weekend happen?
Brockwood has a conventional weekend of Saturday and Sunday. We provide cheap transport on Sundays to enable students to get to and from Petersfield and Winchester.
Can I go out on the weekend?
Students may leave the grounds on the weekends to visit the nearby cities of Winchester and Petersfield. If they are under 16 and wish to go further afield for the day, they must have the written permission of their parents. If they wish to stay away overnight they must have permission both from their parents and the Pastoral Co-ordinator.
What is the Tutor System?
This is a well-established system of pastoral care in which each student is given personal attention and assistance by a staff member. The tutor is responsible for the overall well-being of the student, and it is often through this relationship that students are encouraged to explore the deeper intentions of Brockwood and the bearing these have on their lives.