We believe homework is very important as it builds on and consolidates work students have done in class. All students are set homework on a regular basis. We ask parents for their support with homework. Checking that it has been done and talking about the tasks that have been set enables parents to monitor and influence the progress of their child.

All students record their work in a homework planner, which is checked by the Form Tutor regularly and signed by the parent. Students who consistently work hard at their homework are always successful at school.

Types of homework

The type of homework set will be relevant to the subject and ability. Types of homework might be:

  • Extended Projects
  • Reading
  • Research
  • Collecting resources
  • Written work: redrafting, practice questions, planning
  • Revision for exams
  • Learning for termly tests
  • Completion of classroom tasks
  • Planning for Controlled Assessment

In Years 10 and 11 the work pupils are expected to do will largely be:

  • Planning & preparation for GCSE controlled assessment
  • Written tasks which enable pupils to acquire techniques vital for written examinations
  • Learning work for regular tests, especially in English, Maths and Science
  • Past paper exercises

Students must be encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning and progress and to understand that work done at home will contribute considerably to their ability to achieve success at examination level.

  • My time at Beacon Hill provided a massive range of opportunities which have proved valuable not only whilst studying at sixth form and when applying to university, but also in everyday life.
    Former student, 12 A*-C grade GCSEs
  • When I left Beacon Hill I had a career path in mind; I wanted to teach. This was down to 5 brilliant years at the school. I was inspired by my teachers who encouraged and supported me to believe in myself and my abilities.
    Former Student
  • We are impressed with how both of our children have settled in and are progressing though the school. We find staff understanding & helpful.
    Parent Survey
  • Progress is tracked effectively and extra help given quickly to students who need it.
  • The school has developed a really positive culture for learning, as a result of high expectations of both staff and pupils.
    Local Authority
  • The curriculum meets the needs of individual students particularly well [providing] a balance of academic and vocational courses for students to study at GCSE.
  • Students have good attitudes to learning and are keen to succeed.
  • Evidence from pupil interviews, work scrutinies and HMI visit indicates that the Stage not Age curriculum is impacting positively on the quality of learning in the school.
    Local Authority
  • Students benefit from a very wide range of activities which enrich the curriculum… a wealth of field trips, sporting activities and drama productions
  • Teachers know their students extremely well and work is closely tailored to students’ individual needs.