Around half of our students live locally enough to be able to join Rossall as day students. In doing so, they join a vibrant and welcoming community with all the advantages, facilities and space to grow of a large boarding and day school campus. Our day students travel from a wide catchment area across the Fylde, many arriving on our dedicated school buses. Rossall also boasts its own tram stop and plenty of space for bicycles, so transport options are a-plenty!
Infant School Day
A typical Pre-Prep day runs as:
- 8:30am – Funky Fingers activities and handwriting
- 8:50am – Communication, Language and Literacy based activities
- 10:20am – Snack and Play
- 10:45am – Maths and child led activities
- 11:50am – Lunch
- 1pm – Topic based activities across the seven areas of learning
- 2pm – Spanish delivered by a specialist teacher
- 3:15pm – Story and Home time
Years 1 and 2
- 8:30am – Morning Activity such as some independent Maths
- 8:50am – Phonics
- 9:20am – Maths
- 10:20am – Snack and Break
- 10:45am – English
- 11:50am – Lunch
- 1pm – Science or Topic
- 2pm – Rossall Rotation(off to the farm to help learn how to look after animals, to the beach to complete some beach art or to the astronomy centre to learn about constellations and planets.)
- 3:15pm – Story and Home time
Junior School Day
A typical Preparatory day runs as:
- 8.00am School opens to pupils
- 8.15am Registration in Classrooms
- 8.30am Lessons commence
- 12.00pm Lunch
- 1.15pm School Assembly in Museum Theatre
- 1.35pm Lessons commence
4.00pm Prep School End of the School Day and Clubs Programme
Pupils from ages 4 to 11 also participate in a Chapel Service on a Friday.
Senior School Day
8.20am – Registration
8.35am – School 1
9.35am – School 2
10.30am – Break
10.55am – School 3
11.55am – School 4
12.50pm – Lunch
1.45pm – Registration
1.50pm – Assembly/Chapel/Tutor Time (Lesson 5 on Thursdays)
2.30pm – Lesson 5
3.25pm – Lesson 6 (2.45pm on Thursdays)
4.30pm – Activities (3.45pm on Thursdays)
5.25pm – End of School Day
A day in the life of a day pupil
For day pupils school begins at 8.20am, although some students arrive earlier and use the time before registration to work on prep.
After the first two lessons of the day students take a short break, when they can return to their House, relax in their studies or socialise with friends.
There are two more lessons before lunch, which is taken in the Dining Hall.
After afternoon registration there are two more hours of lessons.
From 4.30pm onwards all students are encouraged to participate in the School’s many clubs and activities till the end of the School day at 5.25pm.
Many day pupils choose to stay on after school hours for prep and activities with their boarding friends, and have the option to board occasionally if they wish.
The food at Rossall is superb! Breakfast is a tempting array of cooked and fresh options accompanied by cereals, yogurts, muesli, fruits, juices and hot drinks.
At lunchtime, there is even more choice with hot main dishes, a vegetarian option, pasta bar, baked potatoes, homemade soup and salad bar followed by a selection of desserts. In the evening, pupils enjoy a light supper in the Dining Hall, again with an element of choice in the sweet and savoury dishes. In the Senior houses, students have access to snacks such as toast and fruit.
The Juniors also enjoy some fruit and snacks at various points in the school day.
As a school which is open 24/7, we have a number of early morning and late stay options for day pupils, tailored to suit each age and phase of the school.
The Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are open from 8.00am, where supervised activities are available to the children before school starts. The academic day ends at 3.20pm for children in Reception to Year 2 and children are free to go home, however, we do encourage children to attend at least one after school club ending at 4pm. Between 4.00 pm and 6.00pm the children are supervised and allowed to play freely.
Pupils in Year 3 to Year 6 do have the option to start earlier than 8.00am and join the children in Anchor for a delicious and nutritious breakfast before school. At the end of the academic day, 4.00pm, a variety of after school activities are offered and there is the option to stay in school for supper or prep. There is even the possibility to try out some occasional or flexi-boarding – the ultimate sleepover!
Flexi and Temporary Boarding
Flexi-Boarding is available to day students who wish to stay over in the boarding house on a one-off basis. This is particularly useful if you would really benefit from Supervised Prep or you have a busy weekend at school with sporting fixtures or have a project to finish.
Temporary Boarding is just £45 per night (Year 3-8) and £50 per night (Year 9-13).
If you would like to consider flexi-boarding, weekly boarding or temporary boarding please contact your Houseparent who will be able to help.
TEMPORARY BOARDING (PER NIGHT) YEAR 3-8 £45 TEMPORARY BOARDING (PER NIGHT) YEAR 9-13 £50
As a school which is open 24/7, we have a number of early morning and late stay options for day pupils.
Flexi-boarding is an excellent way to get a taste of boarding, perhaps as a stepping stone to weekly or full boarding.
One of the greatest advantages of a school like Rossall is the holistic learning experience afforded by a rich and varied extra-curricular programme.