Saturdays are very busy with morning lessons and lunch, followed by sports matches against other schools, nearly 80% of Trent pupils partake in at least one competitive sport.
When the day pupils leave after sporting events, the boarding community along with their tutors, Housemasters/Housemistresses and their families have the school site to themselves. It is a good time to relax after a typically busy school week, enjoy the quieter atmosphere, catch up on prep and to use the school site for recreation.
There are regular organised activities for boarders to take part in and these are usually on Sundays. These include theatre trips, cinema trips, sight-seeing, museum tours, team games and social activities.
In the evening all boarders return and partake in the weekly Sunday chapel service.
Weekly boarders leave the House on Saturday as soon as commitments have finished and boarders who are going home for the weekend are under the care of their parents.
Students are not expected to return to the House before 1830 on Sunday evening unless they have a school commitment such as a Field Day activity, a play rehearsal, a team fixture etc. on the Sunday and an earlier return has been agreed in advance with the HoM.
On those weekends when there is no Chapel Service on Sunday evening, the boarder either has to be back in School by 2130 on Sunday or by 0815 on Monday.
On those Sundays where there is an evening Chapel Service all boarders must be back in School no later than half an hour before the start of the service.
Ordinarily, during an Exeat weekend, a boarding house is not under ‘normal’ weekend conditions and pupils and students spend the weekend with their parents/guardian.
Students are expected to leave the House as soon as possible after 1615 on Friday and return after 2000 the following Sunday. If alternative arrangements need to be made then the Housemaster/mistress must be informed at least 48 hours in advance. It may be necessary for boarders to stay over in another house if, in exceptional circumstances, they need to be accommodated during an Exeat (or over any part of a holiday period).