We believe that homework is a necessary part of the education that our academy provides. It trains students to work independently and encourages them to develop study and research skills so necessary for today’s form of examinations. In ‘Upper School’ in particular, homework is essential to develop a greater depth of understanding and to consolidate learning, so as to secure a higher grade at GCSE.
Homework is set for all students for each weekday evening. A timetable which is provided for students and parents at the beginning of the school year and can be downloaded below, takes into account the requirements of the particular subject or teaching set.
Your support as parents is absolutely essential and we ask you most sincerely to take an interest in the standard and presentation of the work submitted.
In ‘Lower School’ (Key Stage 3) homework normally occupies at least one to one and a half hours each evening, increasing to two hours or more in Upper School. If your child is usually spending either far more time than this or far less, please draw the matter to our attention.
Each student will be given a Student Planner in which to enter all homework they are given and parents are asked to check this and sign it each week. If your child is not completing homework, this will be recorded by the subject teacher in the Student Planner. Students are kept behind after school if homework has not been completed, or is not completed to an acceptable standard.
Homework during Year 7
For their first half-term with us, Year 7s are not given daily or weekly homework but instead are set the task of creating a ‘project’ based on a topic of their choice which they are then asked to present at an annual event where we invite parents/carers to join us. During their second term homework will focus specifically on English, Maths and Science moving on to all subjects starting in term three.
Homework Timetable 2018-2019
How can you help your child with homework?
|Type of homework||What your child does…||What you can do to help…|
|Learning||The job is to remember certain words, facts, details or rules||Act as a question master or a tester|
|Completing||Work already started in school is to be finished at home||Look at the whole piece of work and perhaps make useful comments. Ask what the whole task is about.|
|Writing up||Your child will use homework time to write about work done in school or write a finished version of rough work done in school.||Again, look at the whole piece or, even better, talk about it briefly first, to get the work clearly ingrained in your child’s mind and jog his/her memory.|
|Questions||A matter of answering questions after a lesson’s work.||Check the answers. Do they give the exact information wanted in the questions?|
|Finding out||Searching for information on a given subject. Part of this homework might be done in the school library/resource centre in the student’s own time.||Don’t do too much for them here! But encourage and help when they are stuck. It is obviously better to suggest where they might find the information than find it for them.|
|Revision||Quite simply a matter of learning a section of work for a test or an examination.||Get your child to explain the work to you. You ask the questions once they are ready. You can even ‘mark’ the answers if you like.|
|Reading ahead||Reading on ahead in a text book to get some ideas of what work is to come – and be ready for it.||Be aware of what they are doing in the subject at the moment; be interested in what he/she has found out.|
|Rough work||Here the students are asked to prepare for a lesson to come by putting ideas or information down on rough paper.||Suggest a starting point perhaps. Once finished, ask them to read the work to you. Even if it is rough the rules of spelling and punctuation still apply.|
Our library facilities are available for students to complete homework on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday evenings for 30 minutes, from 3pm-3:30pm and on Fridays from 2:35pm-3pm to support children.
Your support as parents/carers is absolutely essential and we ask you most sincerely to take an interest in the standard and presentation of work submitted.