Home Learning


Our approach to home Learning

As part of the high value we place on academic process we constantly strive to support our learners in every way possible to realise their full academic potential. One of the ways in which we do this is through Home Learning. Committed to developing independent learners who are able to manage their own time, approach problem solving with a Growth Mindset and take full ownership of their academic progress, we aim to set tasks that are challenging, engaging and relevant.

Research has taught us that Home Learning:

  • improves students’ thinking and memory
  • helps students develop positive study skills and habits that will serve them well throughout life
  • teaches students to work independently and manage their time
  • teaches students to take responsibility for their own learning
  • allows students to review and practise what has been covered in class
  • helps students develop their research skills through use of libraries and computer websites to find information
  • allows students to extend learning by applying skills to new situations.

The Department for Education published a piece of research which found that, pupils who did 2 plus hours of home learning a night were almost 10 times more likely to achieve five good GCSEs than students who did not spend any time on home learning.

Home Learning Tasks

It is an expectation that home learning will be consistently set and completed, provide appropriate challenge and provide feedback that allows reflection on tasks completed. As a result, specific tasks set will vary between departments and teachers.

Below are some examples of types of Home Learning tasks:

Practice exercises
Providing the opportunity to apply new knowledge or review, revise and reinforce newly acquired knowledge, understanding or skills. 
Example: Practising words or phrases learnt in a language other than English.

Preparatory Home Learning
Providing the opportunity for students to gain background information on a unit of study and prepare for future lessons. 
Example: Researching topics for a class unit of work.

Extension assignments
Encouraging students to pursue knowledge individually and imaginatively. 
Example: Information and retrieval skills e.g. using a home computer to find material on the Internet.

What to expect

Key Stage 3:

In years 7, 8 and 9 students will be given tasks which will take 30 to 45 minutes per subject, but there may be extended projects which will be spread over a longer period of time.  These extended projects are ideal preparation for the examination work at Key Stage 4.  

Key Stage 4:

GCSE coursework and home learning is a vital part of the Key Stage 4 curriculum.  Home learning patterns may need to be more flexible to allow for extended pieces of work.  Students must ensure that they comply with deadlines and organise their time carefully.  There is an expectation that Key Stage four students should undertake approximately 2 - 3 hours of study each evening.

When will Home Learning be set?

All departments will set home learning throughout the two week timetable cycle. English, Maths and Science will set tasks once a week, whilst other subject areas will set tasks once every fortnight. There will be no specific day for departments to set home learning, but it will be curriculum driven. 

Deadlines for home learning will depend on the nature of the tasks set. However, students will usually be given at least 1 weeks’ notice to complete home learning.

Recording Home Learning

Our expectation is that all students record home learning tasks within their planners. This should be checked by parents and the Form Tutor on a weekly basis.  Additional support will be given by each member of staff via Show My Homework, allowing students to view tasks online via a desktop, or hand held device using the free App. If students misplace their planner, they can still access the Show My Homework calendar (with or without their password) and see a copy of the task, along with supporting information to help complete the task.  Show My Homework gives parents/guardians the opportunity to see what is being set and when it is due, so that you can support your son/daughter in their learning.

Show My Homework is a simple online homework calendar showing homework information, deadlines and attachments for students and parents alike. It can translate into 50+ languages facilitating accessibility and it also improves communication through school announcements.


The Show My Homework Calendar is accessible by clicking on the logo above. Both parent/guardians and students alike are sent a PIN so that they can take part in home learning. In the unlikely case that you should have any problems, please contact Show My Homework help centre by clicking here.