All pupils are welcome to spend Saturday nights away from School if they choose to – with the exception of three weekends each term (the first and final weekends for all pupils, and the first weekend after Half Term for Fourth to Upper Fifth). We feel it is important to have the whole community together on these weekends which will culminate in a whole school service on the Sunday evening.
Saturday night leave mirrors the approach we take with optional weekends at home, when pupils leave School after their lessons and sporting commitments on a Saturday, returning on Sunday evening.
We find that this approach allows families greater flexibility. In reality, the vast majority of students are in School on any given weekend; Benenden at weekends is incredibly vibrant and enjoyable, through the Weekend Programme and other activities such as qualifications, House activities and of course our sporting fixtures.