Shape of the Day

Senior School Atrium

Cranleigh opens its gates at 7.30am, with registration at 7.45am for all Year Groups. Lessons then start at 8am. From Year 3, each lesson lasts 55 minutes with a five minute break to allow students to get from one class to another.

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

Year 3 and above

The school day ends at 4:30pm Sunday to Wednesday, and at 3:30pm on Thursdays. Parents of Year 3 children can choose a finish time of 3.30pm if their child is not ready for the longer day. Each day is designed to keep students engaged, with core subjects taught alongside the arts, extra-curricular activities and sport. In addition, Cranleigh incorporates supervised Prep (pastoral) time at the end of each day. This enables students to work on their homework independently while in an environment where they are able to seek the help of their teachers and peers. It also encourages students to do their work at school, leaving their evenings more available for our after school activity programme or simply to relax and enjoy time with friends and family.

Pupils in Year 3 and above have the option to take part in an extensive programme of after school activities (ASAs) from 4:30pm-6:00pm Sunday-Wednesday. This programme is run by both school staff and outside providers and is inclusive of everything from horse riding to sailing and from debating to cooking. For a more detailed outline of the ASAs on offer please go to the Activities section on the website.



Year 1 and 2

The Year 1 and 2 pupils finish their school day at 2:30pm. Pupils then have the option of staying for an after school activity between 2:45pm and 3:45pm. Parents are required to pick their children up from school at either 2:30pm, or 3:45pm if staying for an activity.


FS2 pupils finish their school day at 2:30pm. We incorporate extra activities into the school day but believe that this is a long enough day for 4-5 year olds.  There is no facility for after school care and parents are required to pick their children up from school at 2:30pm.


The FS1 pupils finish their school day at 12:00pm. All of their curriculum is covered during this time. There is an option for FS1 pupils to stay until 2:30pm, during which time there is an opportunity for a rest, lunch and quiet activities. Pupils may only stay until 2:30pm with agreement from their teacher. Pupils do not miss any curriculum by going home at 12:30pm. We advise FS1 pupils to build up to a full day by the end of the academic year in preparation for FS2.