Important information for parents and carers


  • Executive Principal letter - February  - please read here.
  • FAQs 30 January - please read here.
  • Letter to parents regarding new co-educational school - please read here.
  • ESCC: September 2019 arrangements for current students - read here.
  • Our updated Admissions Policy can be found here.

Home Learning

Ark William Parker supports the view that independent learning and homework makes a valuable contribution to the education and development of children.  

Core Subjects English, Maths and Science will set homework once a week. Tasks set will be based on improving classwork and will link to an improvement question or point the teacher has given via feedback to the student. 

Foundation Subjects at KS3 will set homework once a fortnight in line with the frequency at which they see pupils.


The purpose of homework is to:

  • Raise the standard of achievement.
  • Provide opportunities for students to work independently and to take responsibility for organising their work.
  • Help students recognise the link between good study habits and higher standards of achievement with the aim of developing good study habits for their lives.
  • Check that students have understood class work.
  • Consolidate or extend work covered in school.
  • Prepare for future lessons.
  • Give time for more extensive coverage of the curriculum, through integrated planning of class work and homework.
  • Help parents/carers understand what their children are learning in school and to encourage them to participate in that learning. 

Key stages time allocation per week:

  • KS3 - 30 mins per subject
  • KS4 - 1 hour per subject
  • KS5 - 5 hours per subject  

The full homework policy can be found below. For more information, or to request a paper copy, please contact

Homework Policy

Home Learning Timetable 2016-2017