Homework plays an important role in supplementing learning in school and helping students to make good progress. It can be a stimulating activity which consolidates and supplements what is learnt in class and extends students of all abilities. It can foster initiative, independence and responsibility and is a link between home and school.
All students are expected to do homework and parents are asked to do everything they can to encourage the organisation of time, materials, resources and a place in which to study. Parents are asked to promote reading in particular and encourage the use of the school library.
At the beginning of the school year each student is given a Student Planner which contains a variety of information and guidelines, tailored to the needs of the age of the student. It is designed to help students plan their lives at school and manage their time. Replacement planners can be purchased at Student Reception.
Parents are asked to contribute to the success of developing independent study skills by seeing that the homework set is carefully and correctly done and by signing the Student Planner at the end of each week, adding relevant comments whenever these are appropriate.
Homework tasks will vary in frequency and amount of time and please do see the homework timetable for an idea of when you child will be set homework. Homework that is set will be recorded on My Child at School so parents can help children keep track of what has been set and when it is due. In the lower school tasks should not normally exceed 30 minutes. GCSE students should regard the school homework schedule as a basic minimum, supplementing it with extended study on their own initiative. Sixth Form students should expect to devote at least ten hours per week to independent study time, divided between private study periods and work at home.
Tutors are asked to check the Student Planner and encourage routine entries to enable the students to establish sound planning and an economic and efficient use of their busy lives.
Homework Timetable 2020-21Homework timetable (2)
Please note: Y7 students will only be issued homework from tutors in the first two weeks. Then, only from core subjects until the end of September. The full homework timetable will come into effect from the beginning of October.
Key Stage Four Homework
Homework in Key Stage Four (Years 9, 10 and 11) is set in each subject. Teachers are expected to set a task per week of up to 1 hour 30 minutes in duration in each subject. A minimum of five school days for task completion should be allowed through the year. If a teacher decides to set two tasks of 45 minutes in duration then at least three schools days should be left between setting and completion. In Year 9 and Year 10 students will not receive homework during the Christmas and Easter holidays. In Year 11 students can expect to be set revision and/or homework tasks during holiday times.