Shape of the Day
Cranleigh - Abu Dhabi

Shape of the Day


Cranleigh opens its gates at 7.15am, with registration at 7.45am for all Year Groups. Lessons start at 8am. From Year 3, each lesson lasts 55 minutes with a five minute break to allow pupils to get from one class to another.

Below is a more detailed breakdown of the school day for the different Year Groups.


The Nursery pupils finish their school day at either 12:30 pm or 2:30 pm. All of their curriculum is covered during the morning including specialist lessons and lunch. There is an option for Nursery pupils to stay until 2:30 pm, during which time there is an opportunity for free-flow activities. Pupils may only stay until 2:30 pm after the first two weeks of the first term and then only with agreement from their teacher. Some children at this age find a full structured day at school very tiring and we do not offer nap facilities. Pupils do not miss any curriculum by going home at 12:30 pm. We advise Nursery pupils to build up to a full day by the end of the academic year in preparation for FS2.


FS2 pupils finish their school day at 2:30 pm. There are a limited number of Co-Curricular Activities (CCAs) run by external providers between 2:45 pm and 3:25 pm. There is no facility for after school care and parents are required to pick their children up from school at either 2:30 pm or 3:25 pm if staying for an activity.

Years 1 and 2

Year 1 and 2 pupils finish their school day at 2:30 pm. Pupils then have the option of staying for a Co-Curricular Activity between 2:45 pm and 3:25 pm. There is a wide range of activities available run by Pre-Prep teachers and external providers. Most Year 1 and 2 pupils stay for one or two activities a week. 

Year 3 and above

All pupils will return each afternoon at 3.00 pm to meet with their class teacher or, from Year 5 upwards, a Tutor who has primary responsibility for his or her wellbeing and academic overview. The end of the academic day for the Prep and Senior School is 3.30 pm. Pupils in Year 3 and above then have the option to take part in an extensive programme of Co-Curricular Activities (CCAs) Monday - Thursday from 3.30 - 4.30 pm and 4.45 - 5.45 pm. On Fridays, all pupils in the Prep and Senior School are collected at 12.15 pm and there are no organised CCAs.

Each day at Cranleigh is designed to keep pupils engaged, with core subjects taught alongside the arts, co-curricular activities and sport. 



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