Important news

Parent / Carers: The consultation on the proposal to bring Ark William Parker and Ark Helenswood together as one co-educational school has now launched. You can find out more information and give us your views by visiting the consultation website:

Extra-curricular activities: a new list of activities for this term can be found here.

Home learning

Home learning is an integral part of developing every student and ensuring that they reach their academic potential.

The purpose of home learning is:

  • To consolidate and reinforce skills and understanding;
  • To extend learning;
  • To encourage students to develop the confidence and self-discipline to work on their own;
  • To develop time management skills.

All students are set homework tasks by their teachers. This additional work helps to ensure that all students are fully supported in progressing towards their targets and consolidating their learning.

Amount of home learning

Years 7 to 11

Home learning tasks are set in line with the schedule below. Each task will be substantial and take students around 40 to 60 minutes to complete. Tasks will be done in exercise books and marked by teachers. Each student will be set a minimum of 5 tasks per week, one for each core subject (English, maths and science) and 2 others on a rota so all subjects are setting and marking homework regularly.

Years 12 and 13

Each sixth form student has some individual learning and study time on their timetable, when they are not in formal lessons. Students are expected to use this time to complete assignments and broaden their knowledge through research and reading, alongside independent work in the evenings and at weekends.

Assignments at advanced level typically take the form of revision, reading and research, note-taking, essays and presentations. It is recommended that students spend a minimum of 5 hours per week on each A Level or BTEC National subject.

In preparation for Higher Education or employment, students should move away from dependence on just teacher provided resources or textbooks in order to develop independent learning skills. Students are encouraged to review their notes from classes regularly to encourage recall.

In Year 12, students on Level 3 AS or BTEC National courses are encouraged to undertake wider reading for their studies and in preparation for their essays and assignments than has previously been the case at GCSE. In Year 13, students are further encouraged to go beyond the course specifications and undertake wider reading for their studies. Course tutors will advise on appropriate sources.