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Independent study/homework

Homework will be set on a regular basis. We believe homework to be an important part of the learning process, providing students with the opportunity to consolidate and develop their skills and knowledge and prepare for future lessons. Please see below for further information, including the guidelines on the frequency with which homework will be set.

Please note:

  • There might be times where extended pieces are set that might cover 2-3 homework slots; when this is the case, clear interim deadlines will be set.
  • Follow up of homework might be done in a variety of ways including teacher, peer or self assessment. Clear success criteria set out by the teacher will support the follow up of homework.
  • Staff will allow a minimum of 2 evenings between setting homework and hand in.
  • All independent study will be entered on ‘Go 4 Schools’. Students and parents will be able to access homework tasks via Go 4 Schools.
  • If you are concerned that your child is not keeping up with their homework you should contact the relevant class teacher or their tutor in the first instance.  
  • If your child is unable to meet a homework deadline, please inform the relevant teacher including the reason for the late submission and when the student will hand the work in by. Please note that this should only be in exceptional circumstances.
  • If a teacher is concerned that your child is not keeping up with their homework, they will contact you and inform the appropriate curriculum leader, your child's tutor and Year Leader. 

Year 7 Independent Study

Approximately 30 minutes per week for:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • MFL

Approximately 30 minutes of homework per fortnight for:

  • Geography
  • History

Art - homework will follow Art lessons as appropriate.

ICT/computing – approximately 90 minutes per fortnight.

Latin - homework will be set in addition for those students who take it.

Technology - will be set an extended homework per rotation.  Students rotate three times over the year.  The extended homework will be structured, so students can manage their time.   In the food rotation students are expected to bring ingredients and a suitable dish or container on a weekly basis.

Year 8 Independent Study

Approximately 40 minutes per week for:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • MFL

Approximately 40 minutes of homework per fortnight for:

  • Geography
  • History

Art - homework will follow Art lessons as appropriate.

ICT/computing – approximately 90 minutes per fortnight.

Latin - homework will be set in addition for those students who take it.

Technology - will be set an extended homework per rotation.  Students rotate three times over the year.  The extended homework will be structured, so students can manage their time.   In the food rotation students are expected to bring ingredients and a suitable dish or container on a weekly basis.

Years 9, 10 AND 11 Independent Study

Homework in all subjects should be designed to take in the region of 45-60 minutes per week.

Teachers and curriculum areas should decide on the best format for this, whether it be one large piece a fortnight or one or two smaller pieces set once or twice a week.