The Eton Day

After breakfast, mornings begin at 8:35 with chapel, an assembly or a tutorial meeting. All of these end at 8:50 and school begins at 9:00. Schools (lessons) are 40 minutes long, with a 10-minute gap to allow boys time to move around the large school area. After three schools, the boys have a mid-morning break and masters meet together for what is called Chambers, a daily meeting for the teaching and senior administrative staff. Two further schools follow, beginning at 11:45, and boys then have lunch at 1:15, aiming to be out on the games field or at their next appointment by around 2:20.

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays are called whole schooldays. Boys have five schools during the morning, games or perhaps some other activity after lunch, then a shower (we hope!) and tea followed by two more schools called After Four and After Five. Tutorials take place during Quiet Hour on whole schooldays, which runs from 6:15 to 7:30pm.

Tuesdays and Thursdays are called Half Holidays, not because boys are idle after lunch but because games take place afterwards and there is no teaching in the afternoons. Mornings are as for whole schooldays, but games occupy boys between about 2:20 and 4:00pm. Thereafter all sorts of things happen, such as theatre and music rehearsals and a considerable variety of minor sports.

After supper there are many more things to do - boys may go to (or indeed be performing in) a play or a concert or attend one of the many society meetings, often addressed by well-known speakers, or they may want to catch up with their work, or just chat with friends.

On Saturday mornings there are four schools, then lunch and school sport.