We value the work students do both in College and at home. Prep provides an opportunity for students to work independently, to research, to carry out specific tasks and to prepare themselves effectively for the next stage in their learning.
Prep may be required for the following day/week/month but students will always be given sufficient time to complete the work set. There are, however, occasions when work will need to be completed before the next stage can be taught, and it will be necessary for students to complete this work on the evening it is set. If parents or students are concerned about the amount of prep being set they should contact the subject teacher directly with their concerns.
As a guide:
- Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8, 9) can expect approximately 30 minutes of prep per subject per week.
- Key Stage 4 (Years 10, 11) can expect at least 1 hour of prep per subject per week.
- Key Stage 4 students will also be expected to do revision in preparation for exams.
To support a smooth transition for Year 7 students in the first term (until the October break), prep will only be set for English, Maths and Science, so that they become used to our Routines for Learning. There are opportunities for students at the end and beginning of the College day (Mon-Thurs 8am – 5pm; Friday 8am – 4.30pm) to stay and complete work should they wish to do so. If a student fails to complete prep they will be required to attend a ‘catch-up session.’ If an after-College catch-up is set, 24 hours notification will usually be given; parents are legally obliged to ensure their child attends.