Homework Homework is an important feature of life at St. Peter's. We set homework for all our pupils because: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
it encourages pupils to develop the practice of independent study; it encourages research, creativity and initiative; it develops perseverance and self-discipline; it allows practise, where it is needed, of skills learned in the classroom; it permits more groundwork to be covered and more rapid progress to be made.
Parents are encouraged to be involved in homework by asking what homework is being set, by helping to test pupils in their learning homework and by acting as a source of information for topic work. We have implemented a homework organiser to help spread the workload and assist the pupils in organising their study time.
Years 10 and 11 The demands of homework vary from subject to subject but as a guide we would suggest that pupils studying for G.C.S.E. should be spending at least 12 hours a week on homework and up to 18 hours, including work at weekend. In many subjects assignments are set as part of the G.C.S.E. course. For these assignments pupils should be aware of deadlines for completion and work on assignments should be done with care and planning to ensure that the deadline is met. Marks for these assignments may go towards the final G.C.S.E. grade.
Record of Achievement All pupils who leave St. Peter's take with them a progress file of their achievements. This file records the successes the pupils have had whilst at school. It includes details of the achievements in subject areas (G.C.S.E. and other certificates) as well as describing the personal achievements, qualities and experiences of the pupil.
Reporting to Parents Our system of reporting to parents includes two elements: 1. a parents' evening at which parents, pupil and subject teacher can discuss the pupil's progress; 2. a written report/record of achievement. The table below sets out when these are likely to occur. YEAR
7 8 9 10 11
December May February November January
June December March May January
Parents are encouraged to contact the school and arrange to come in to discuss their child's progress at any time.