Frequently Asked Questions
- How long is the School day?
- School starts with Registration at 8:20am (Monday to Friday).
Lessons begin at 8:55am. They end at 4:25pm except when there are games when they finish at 3:25pm. There is a Saturday morning programme, which is compulsory for boarders but is also a popular option for day pupils. The first session begins at 9:30am and the morning programme ends at 12:30pm.
After each day’s timetabled lessons the School runs an extensive Games and Activities programme. This programme runs up to around 5:45pm on Monday to Friday. Sports fixtures also take place on Saturdays. Each pupil’s involvement in the Games and Activities programme varies, so the time at which pupils are free to leave school can vary. However, the pattern of leaving times will generally stay the same each week.
See the full Timetable here.
- What is the sanction and reward system at the School?
- The principles behind the School’s disciplinary structure are simple: respect for oneself; respect for others; respect for property, the environment and ethos of the School. The rules that guide these principles are laid down in “Expectations and Standards”, which is given to every pupil on their entry to the School. We expect parents and pupils to read it and accept its philosophy. The sanctions we impose for breaches of the protocol are also laid down within the document. Essentially these consist of internal punishments reflecting the nature of the offence (e.g. Academic Detention or Punctuality Detention), through to more major sanctions (School or Head’s Detention). For the most major breaches of discipline, suspension or expulsion might be necessary. The vast majority of pupils are, however, proud of their school and of themselves, and they seek to positively support the ethos of the School.
- What extra-curricular activities are offered?
- Any list of extra-curricular activities will not fully capture what goes on at School, since many of our pupils do things of their own initiative as well as in an organised activity. A flavour of the breadth of choice may be gained from the list on the Activities and Clubs page.
- Do pupils share a room?
- Yes. Collinson House caters for approximately fifty pupils who are accommodated in large study bedrooms. The rooms are mostly for two or three pupils but there are some single rooms, normally allocated to the prefects.
- Is there internet access and can they bring their laptops?
- Pupils are welcome to bring their laptop to School. There is wireless network in both the boarding house and throughout the School, although pupils cannot access the internet after 10:30pm. Social networking sites are not filtered out in the house as they are an important medium for pupils to keep in contact with home and friends; but these are restricted and during prep time pupils are not allowed to access such sites. Skype is a voice over internet phone system, allowing pupils to maintain contact with home regularly and at no cost.
- What happens at weekends?
- Boarders have activities on Saturday morning until lunch-time. These activities are also optional for day pupils. On Saturday afternoon, many pupils will then be involved in sports matches. If a boarder has a free afternoon, permission can be sought from the Housemaster to go to Mill Hill Broadway. Pupils are allowed into Central London only if accompanied by a guardian or parent. There are on site activities between Houses on Saturday evening for those on the School campus. There is also a range of weekend trips which take place and which vary each term, including trips to the opera, ballet and art galleries to make the most of the School’s proximity to the West End. A Sunday Sports Club operates on a Sunday afternoon, with specialist coaching in football and basketball available. Full details of bounds and weekend activities can be found in the pupil/parent handbook online.
- Do pupils need a guardian and can pupils stay at School during the holidays?
- All boarding pupils at The Mount, Mill Hill International whose parents live overseas or more than half a day’s travel from the school are required to have a Guardian, resident within one hour of road travel of the school. Guardians are appointed by the parents to act in “loco parentis” and must be able to come to School on behalf of their ward if requested to do so, or to care for the pupils off site where necessary. Boarders are not allowed to stay at School during the holidays, or on full School exeat weekends, and are expected to go their Guardian during this period. It is important that Guardians maintain regular contact with the pupil, by telephone, letter or by visits to the pupil at School, and that they speak to the Housemaster on a regular basis.
- How are prep sessions organised?
- All pupils complete a first prep of 1½ hours from 19:00 to 20:30 in silence. After a break for snacks, relaxation and an opportunity to refocus, all years, apart from Year 9, complete a second period of prep of at least 30 minutes, so that a minimum of two hours of prescribed quiet prep time has been set aside in the House. Prep is supervised by members of staff on duty, as well as responsible House Prefects. The opportunity to attend prep in the Script or Library is offered four times per week where ready access to internet and laptop facilities, as well as a wide range of resources, is available.
- What time is bedtime?
Set bedtimes are in operation for all boarders according to their year group. ‘Lights out’ is approximately 10 minutes after bedtime. Bedtimes are as follows:
Year 9 21:30 Year 10 22:00 Year 11 22:30
On Saturday, bedtime in House is 23:00. The House is locked up by 23:00 and the night alarms are set.
- Are there laundry facilities at School?
- Pupils’ washing is sent off to the School Laundry by Matron who oversees the laundry process. Items are returned cleaned and pressed the following day after sending, and are unpacked and distributed by Matron. There is a washing machine in the House which is available to pupils. This is not a substitute for the School Laundry, but is there to accommodate any unforeseen supplementary laundry, which may have built up outside the normal time frame for School laundry; e.g. sports kit. Items can also be left with Matron for dry cleaning and the cost for this is added to the School bill.
- What happens if my child is feeling ill?
- If a pupil is feeling ill in the morning, Matron will assess the problem and refer the pupil to the School’s Medical Centre if she feels this is necessary. The Medical Centre provides a professional medical service for all pupils from 08:00 to 18:00, Monday to Saturday; it is staffed by two qualified nurses. The School Doctor also operates a surgery for boarding pupils/staff at the Medical Centre three times a week. The Nursing Matron, will generally deal with urgent Medical issues/queries in the evening and during her on-call weekend. Parents are kept informed of the relevant details as appropriate.
- How much pocket money shall I give my child?
- Pupils need enough pocket money to cover normal expenses; the recommended amount of pocket money depends on the usual weekend travel and social arrangements of boarders. Suggested guidelines are between £150 and £200 per term. Money can be held securely by the Housemaster who will operate a House Banking system, enabling pupils to withdraw money but pupils are encouraged to open their own bank or building society accounts.
- What do the children eat?
- Please see our section on School Meals which includes sample menus.
- Nationality balance
We aim to have a truly international school and welcome pupils from all over the world. In order to achieve a good balance of different nationalities, we try to limit the number of pupils speaking the same language to not more than 25%.
Currently, this is our nationality breakdown:
- University destinations
- This is the first year of The Mount, Mill Hill International and as such, we do not yet have any statistics of GCSE results or university placements for pupils. Our courses finish at Year 11 and all pupils will transfer to study A levels or the IB at another school after completing the GCSE course at The Mount, Mill Hill International.
Each school publishes its own statistics regarding university entrances. Here is Mill Hill School’s Sixth Form Leavers’ destinations:
- Bristol UWE
- College of St Mark and St John
- European Business School
- Imperial College London
- Kings London
- Leeds Metropolitan
- Nottingham Trent
- Queen Mary University of London
- Royal Holloway
- Trinity College Dublin