Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community


Guidance for Parent/Carers

We believe homework plays a valuable part in a student’s education. It offers opportunities for learning which is independent of the teacher; it allows students to complete work started in the Academy or to practise skills learned in the class; it permits the setting of tasks suited to the abilities of individual students and helps to strengthen links between home and the Academy. Home learning is therefore set for all students.

The amount of homework will depend on the age and ability range of the individual and the nature of the task set.

  • In Year 7 to 9 we expect students to spend around 30 minutes per subject each night on home learning.
  • In Year 10, 11 and the Sixth Form we expect at least 45 minutes per subject. We ask you to support the Academy’s homework policy by encouraging and supporting your son/daughter in the successful completion of homework activities.

As a parent, how can I help?

  • Help your son/daughter to develop a regular routine
  • Ask your son/daughter each night what home learning has been set for them and if they need any help
  • Try to see that your son/daughter works at his/her own pace. Give him/her time to get over the school day, if he/she needs it.
  • Offer him/her your help, encouragement and company
  • Provide a quiet place away from distractions for him/her to work. A place to keep books and equipment safe is helpful.
  • When your son/daughter has completed a homework activity, encourage him/her to talk about his/her work.
  • Support your son/daughter by ensuring that his/her homework activity is well presented and accurately completed.
  • Encourage your son/daughter to spend at least 15 minutes reading each evening If you have a concern with homework, please contact your son/daughter’s tutor in the first instance.