Secondary & Sixth Form Phase
Home learning is vital to student success, where they can develop their own independence, study habits and self-discipline in completing valuable tasks linked to each subject. The Academy supports all students in doing this: homework is always planned with care and set and marked regularly. We offer a homework club every morning before the start of the school day, where students who wish are able to complete work with assistance from staff in calm and supportive environment.
The Academy does not use homework timetables. Homework is given to students as follows:
Key Stage Three – Years 7 – 9
Weekly knowledge organiser revision: every student has a knowledge organiser booklet. They must learn key facts from these knowledge organisers each week, and are tested on this in every subject, every week.
Extended homework: this is set every two to three weeks in English, Maths, Science, History, Geography and French, and may consist of examination-style questions or revision tasks. It will always be challenging and developmental.
Key Stage Four – Years 10 and 11
Knowledge Organiser Tests: students may be set weekly knowledge organiser tests according to department policy.
Extended homework: set every two weeks as a minimum, and will generally be a challenging, examination-style task.
Post – 16 – Years 12 and 13
Homework is essential to achieving any sort of success at Post 16. Students will be set frequent, regular and challenging homework, amounting to one hour of independent study for every lesson taught (five hours per week, per subject). Free periods in the Sixth Form are in fact study periods, and students should use make good use of this time to stay on top of their subjects.
Failure to complete homework
When students fall behind in their homework, teachers will contact home and work with parents / carers to ensure the student catches up. They should attend the morning homework club where required.
Monitoring of homework by parents
Students write their homeworks in their Academy passports (Years 7 – 11) or their Academy diary (Year 12 / 13). Parents / carers should check this every week as a minimum.
Reporting of homework by staff to parents
Teachers will give a grade 1 – 5 for quality and regular completion of homework, and this will be reported three times per year in formal Academy reports.