Student Homework


Homework plays an important role in a students’ learning. Its primary purpose is to create opportunities for students to embed and extend the work they have started in the classroom enabling them to secure knowledge in their long-term memory but to also deepen knowledge.

It also has a wider impact. For example, it helps students to experience success in learning outside the classroom environment; this can build their confidence as lifelong learners and open up their thinking to what they can achieve outside the school environment.

In terms of personal skills, because it gives them an opportunity to undertake work independently it helps them develop effective time management skills, self-discipline and organisational skills.

Positive attitudes to learning, including working hard independently completing homework, helps students to form positive habits and routines at an early age. This is an invaluable work ethic to embed, particularly when it comes to revisiting learning when revising for assessments or exams. As students move through the school having the highest standards in their attitudes and approach to learning, in and outside the classroom, will help them achieve their full potential academically, enabling them to be successful in their next stage of education and/or life.

Teachers will set homework on Arbor.  The link for Arbor is here If a student has forgotten their Arbor log in and or password they can use the reset function.  More details re accessing homework and resetting passwords can be found in the video below  (

An outline of the expectations around homework are set out below

  • All subjects set homework on our homework platform – Arbor
  • Typically students have a week to complete homework
  • In Key Stage 3, homework is typically set for one hour, per named subject each week.
  • In Key Stage 4, homework is typically set for between one and two hours per subject per week.
  • In Key Stage 5, homework is typically set as one hour, for every hour lesson taught.
  • Sanctions are imposed for students who fail to complete compulsory homework


 Year Group

 Subjects setting compulsory homework *

 Year 7

 English, maths and science

 Year 8 

 English, maths and science

 Year 9

 English, maths and science, MFL, History and Geography


 *Note subjects in KS3 outside those listed above will set optional homework. All subjects in KS3 will set homework in the form of revision in the lead up to assessments.


If you have questions regarding your child’s homework, you should contact their class teacher in the first instance.

If you need support in getting your child to complete homework, please contact your child’s Director of Year so that we can see how we can support.

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