Once boys earn a place at the school they have to choose two modern languages to study during their first year, and whether or not to continue with or take up classical Greek.
Each boy is assigned a tutor as an adult figure to whom to relate in addition to his house master.
The modern language choice is between French, German, Japanese, Spanish and Russian; only one of Japanese and Russian may be chosen. Boys choose three, in order of preference, and their first choice is guaranteed; they may arrive to find themselves studying either of the other two.
They may start to study classical Greek or continue it; equally they may decide not to study it any more or at all.
They study two of the three sciences at a time, so studying each for two full halves during their first year.
All boys are required to study each of the other subjects on offer for the number of schools (periods) shown: English (4); mathematics (4); Latin (3); science (6); two modern languages (3 each); divinity, geography and history (2 each); either Greek (3) with one each of music, art, drama, PE, ICT and design in rotation or two of each of music, art, drama, PE, ICT and design in rotation.
Boys do Extra Works (out-of-school work, homework) according to a strict schedule every evening and at weekends. EW are 30 minutes long and boys have 20 each week.
The parents of F boys are invited to the school to discuss their son’s progress with those who teach him at the start of Long Leave in the Lent half.
Boys sit internal examinations called trials at the end of the Michaelmas and Summer halves.
Music Scholars and Exhibitioners are entitled to some remission from formal teaching in order to create time for practice.