Belhaven Hill School

A Boarding & Day School for Boys and Girls aged 6-13



Day Children

Day children are more than welcome at Belhaven.

Although the school has a reputation for being a leading boarding prep school, we also have a high proportion of day pupils.

Most of our six to eight-year-olds and some older children are day pupils.

Our day children also take part fully in school life, benefiting from the many activities on offer and the full-on, all-round education that is enhanced by our boarding provision.

Seeing the grins on the pupils' faces at evening pick-up - both those going home and the majority who are heading in for supper ... To know one's child is part of such a happy school is a real joy.

(Parent, Form 4)

In September 2020, Belhaven Hill started taking younger Day Pupils from age 6 to join our existing Form 6.  As well as working hard within the classroom, the children spend some of their lessons enjoying Belhaven’s lovely campus and benefit from our fun and varied outdoor education.

As a result, all of our day pupils are able to take part in most of what Belhaven has to offer in the way of sport and extra-curricular activities.

  • Please note that Belhaven Hill operates a fortnightly boarding programme so all pupils will finish every other weekend on a Friday at 1.00 pm.
  • Younger siblings are always very welcome to stay later to facilitate pick up for parents with older children in the school.
  • We can accommodate day pupils for occasional boarding if there is a special occasion or parents are away.
  • As children grow older and want to spend more time with their friends, they are able to opt into boarding at any time to gain the full benefit of the school’s wealth of activities and spend even more time with their friends.
  • A mini-bus service is available for day pupils in Haddington (8am and 6pm). 

Day Pupil Timings

Monday – Friday


Form 6
(6–8 years)

8.30 am – 4.50 pm
(they may stay for activities between 5.00pm - 6.00 pm as an optional extra).

Form 5
(8–9 years)

8.30 am – 6.00 pm
Leave after Prayers.

Form 4
(9–10 years)

8.30 am – 6.00 pm
Leave after Prayers

8.30 am – 4.30/6.00 pm 
Leave after games or match commitments.

Form 3
(10–11 years)

8.30 am – 6.00 pm
May stay for supper and prep until 7 pm or take prep home at 6.00 pm.

8.30 am – 4.30/6.00 pm
Leave after games or match commitments.

Form 2
(11–12 years)

8.30 am – 7.15 pm
Leave after supper and prep or
home at 6.00 pm after Prayers

8.30 am – 4.30/6.00 pm
Leave after games or match commitments.

Form 1
(12–13 years)

8.30 am – 7.30 pm
Leave after supper and prep.

8.30 am – 4.30/6.00 pm
Leave after games or match commitments.


Pastoral Care

Whether you choose day or boarding, the happiness and welfare of your children is of the utmost importance to us all: pastoral care is at the heart of everything that we do at Belhaven. 

The school is divided into four Patrols, each one led by a member of staff. They are aided by a boy and a girl Patrol Leader in their final year who are responsible for looking out for the other members of their patrol.

Forms 1, 2 and 3 have Tutors who meet weekly with their tutees to discuss extra-curricular commitments, ongoing academic progress and any concerns.

Pupils in Forms 4, 5 and 6 are looked after and supervised by their Form Teachers who can be approached by a child with any concerns or worries.

There is a strong network of other staff throughout the school with whom the children can talk, including other subject staff, House Parents, the Matrons or the Headmaster and his wife. The relationship between staff and pupils is of fundamental importance at Belhaven Hill and is based around a framework of mutual respect.

Our excellent team of a Nurse and 6 matrons ensure the physical welfare of each child.