'Homework' refers to work or activities which extend the learning process for students, beyond work done in the classroom.
Informing students and parents
Homework will be set according to the Homework Timetable. This is published in the Autumn Term. Where possible the homework activities will be published in advance.
Types of homework
These will vary between subjects and may be of differing styles. Some will be short focused tasks to be completed prior to the next lesson. Some might be extended projects to be completed over a number of weeks. Where possible these types of projects will be published in advance including the deadlines for submission. Please expect your child to be working on their homework according to the timetable.
In addition to regular homework in English and Maths students will undertake extended projects at home as part of their Accelerated Learning Curriculum. These are set and assessed twice per half-term, eight in total. Students will also complete an extended project in Science and have a regular literacy focus once a fortnight on a Friday.
Homework in Art is through Extended Projects. These will be published in advance with deadlines for completion.
Homework in Drama is to keep a Learning Log. Students are expected to complete this following each lesson.
Key Stage 3 Practical Cookery
Students are expected to regularly bring ingredients to lessons. This is a relevant homework activity. It is the students' responsibility to bring the necessary ingredients. Financial support is available. Please contact Mr Ian Tyas - Subject Leader for Technology should you require financial assistance from time to time.
The school offers a significant number of after school clubs and activities for students in sports and fitness. A programme of these is published periodically. Every effort is made by the school to encourage students in physical activity.
Learning vocabulary is an essential part of mastering a language. Students are set homework's once per week in each language they are studying. Students are issued with vocabulary lists and an information sheet on how to learn vocabulary.
Key Stage 4
Many subjects in Key Stage 4 require students to attend after school sessions. These are published on the Homework timetable. In some areas these could replace home study as this is supported homework or could be part of Controlled Coursework for students who have missed lessons due to absence. Many students require access to specialist facilities or tutoring with teachers readily giving up the time for this type of support. We ask parents to encourage all students in Key Stage 4 to attend these sessions.
Homework and Revision
Students may be expected to revise for tests prior to examinations. The school publishes a revision guide and supports students study skills in Key Stage 4. Revision for tests and examinations is vital.
Other types of homework
In addition to homework the schools runs a number of Extra-Curricular Clubs and activities which enable students to extend their learning. These are published in the Student Bulletin and on the school website.
Help and support
Help and support is available to all students with homework. There are a number of Homework Clubs each week. The schools ICT facilities are open access for students after school. The study support centre is available for all students to access before and after school. Many students make good use of this facility. Help is always on hand.
Able Gifted and Talented
Please see the schools Policy and guidelines on Able, Gifted and Talented, available on the School Website.