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St Thomas the Apostle School and 6th Form College


Purposeful homework is a key learning tool that compliments learning, and is proven to aid progress for students when completed to a high standard. Students should record all homework in their diaries, which should be checked by parents/carers weekly.

Guidance for every subject can be found below. Support from home is key to students’ successful homework completion. Students are also encouraged to use the library and study spaces in school and in the local community.

Students will be rewarded with achievement points for excellent homework completion, and will see a direct impact on their progress and learning.

If a student does not complete a piece of homework, they will sit a homework detention to ensure it is done. Parents will be informed by text message when a piece of homework is not completed. Any homework that is not completed to an acceptable standard will result in a Poor Quality Homework point.

There are cumulative sanctions for homework which are applied on a half termly basis as follows:


3 x Homework Not Done           Warning letter to parents/carers

5 x Homework Not Done           Warning letter and 3 hour Saturday detention

8 x Homework Not Done           Parent meeting with Mr Parratt

10 x Homework Not Done         3 hour Saturday detention and on HW Report to Form Tutor

12 x Homework Not Done         Banned from homework


Additionally, there are cumulative sanctions which are applied from the beginning of the academic year as follows:


15 x Homework Not Done         A week of Head of Year detentions in which homework is completed

20 x Homework Not Done         Homework ban - homework privileges are removed from the student


Students may also be placed on Homework Report or in Homework Club to support completion.  


Key Stage 3 (Years 7 – 9)


English  60 mins

Combination of reading & writing exercises linked to topic being studied, completed in exercise book.

1 x 30 minutes' reading on Sparx Reader.

Mathematics 60 mins 100% Sparx Maths questions completed, with full workings written in orange book.
Science 60 mins

Carousel Learning retrieval questions.

One written task completed in exercise book.
RE 60 mins Quizzes, prior reading, extended writing, research or rank-style questions, completed in exercise book.
Geography 30 mins Carousel Learning retrieval questions.
History 30 mins Quiz questions online on Carousel Learning or Microsoft Forms.
MFL 30 mins

Combination of online and written tasks are given throughout the year, including Reading/Listening/Transcription/Vocabulary/Grammar/Video tasks online (auto marked) to be completed on www.pearsonactivelearn.com/app/home for French and www.thisislanguage.com for Italian. Alternatively, flipped learning using knowledge organisers may be set.

Art / Tech carousel 60 mins every 2 weeks Contextual research, development and refinement of ideas, to support and build practical skills, completed in sketchbook or folder.
Computer Science 30 mins Carousel learning or Microsoft Forms quiz.
Drama 30 mins Tasks include Oak National Academy lessons, quizzes on Microsoft Teams, Carousel Learning retrieval questions, line learning and script writing in preparation for practical work.
Music  30 mins Tasks include work on Focus on Sound, Carousel Learning and Microsoft Forms; and practical work including keyboard practice or composition tasks (completed in school where necessary).


Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)


Art / Graphics 60 mins

Contextual research, development and refinement of ideas, materials and techniques to develop portfolio and exam skills.

Business Studies 60 mins

15 minutes of Seneca online learning.

45 minutes of exam question practice in exercise book.

Computer Science 60 mins

30 minutes coding practice using Code Rooms

30 Minutes Exam practice using Smart Revise or Carousel Learning.

Drama 60 mins

Tasks include line learning and character development tasks, rehearsals with group, duo or solo, practice exam questions, research and scriptwriting. 

Economics 60 mins

30 minutes Carousel Learning

30 minutes Topic Companion / Textbook questions.
English 60  mins

Combination of reading and writing exercises completed in exercise book.

Geography 60 mins

30 minutes Carousel Learning

30 minutes Homework Booklet 

History 60 mins Quiz questions online and exam practice questions.
IT 60 mins

15 minutes Carousel Learning

45 minutes Project work online using Microsoft Teams.

Maths 60 mins 100% Sparx Maths questions completed or DrFrostMaths tasks completed, with full workings written in orange book.
MFL 60 mins As KS3 but with the addition of essay planning for GCSE style questions and Speaking preparation for GCSE Speaking exam. Eg. Recording their stance or writing answers and practising for Role-Plays/Picture- Based tasks/Conversation questions. 
Music (GCSE)

60 mins


30 mins,    5 x per week

Music First / Carousel Learning knowledge development and retrieval practice, composition development.


Instrumental/vocal practice.

Music (vocational) 60 mins Individual practice and portfolio completion including research and written tasks.
PE (GCSE) 60 mins Everlearner video with notes taken in exercise book and/or Everlearner tests.
RE 60 mins

Quizzes, prior reading, extended writing, research, redrafting or rank-style questions, completed in exercise book.

Resistant Materials 60 mins Refining concepts, research, ideas within the design process for the NEA, extended theory and exam questions.
Science 120 mins (40 mins per subject)  Homework booklets with exam questions and worksheets related topic.
Sport Studies  60 mins Completion of coursework on Microsoft Teams.


Key Stage 5

Students are set four hours of work per subject, to be completed in school during Sixth Form Study periods and free periods; and at home. Work will include pre-reading, essay and exam practice, note taking and quizzes. In addition to work set by the teacher, students should spend additional time outside of these four hours reading and researching their subject, watching online lectures and extending their own knowledge independently.