A day in the life of a boarder
At St. Martin's Ampleforth boarders rise at 7.15am and go for breakfast in the Great Chamber. On some school days Schola rehearsals start at 7.55am then it is in to morning prayers and assembly. On Sunday breakfast is at 8.00am and children go to Mass at 10.00am.
After supper at 5.40pm boarders may change into casual clothes. Each evening, after supper, the boarders have time for quiet reading and music practise. After this children are free to either play with their friends or take part in an organised activity. There programme of evening activities includes football club, zumba, art group, crafts or cricket or rugby practice.
During their free time boarders may check and send emails, using our bank of laptop computers or telephone home through the use of their own mobile phones or a phone card system.
Bedtimes are quarter of an hour later in the summer term to make the most of the lighter evenings. Boarders are called in for bedtime and there is approximately half an hour to shower and change and read in bed before lights out. The seniors will have night prayers in the chapel before going to get ready for bed. Bedtime is staggered depending on age.
There are lessons on Saturday mornings until 12.35pm. Saturday afternoon is usually taken up with sporting activities and free time. On Saturday evenings and Sundays there is time to relax; boarders enjoy a mix of free time and involvement in a range of organised activities including cinema trips, excursions, swimming or just playing in our beautiful grounds.