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Extended Learning

The academy is committed to ensuring that learning continues beyond the classroom and views extended learning as an integral part of a student’s education.

Extended Learning

Students will be assigned extended learning work via Class Charts.

The instructions and deadline will be sent via the Class chart app. An explanation of the task will arrive in the students’ Inbox and the date and time of the deadline appear on their google calendar. The work itself may be attached to the message, although this may not be appropriate for all tasks. For example, if a subject area is working on exam question preparation that requires students to answer extended questions by hand or if electronic material is better served on google classroom.

Parents who have downloaded the Class Chart app to their devices will receive continuous updates on homework tasks set. This will inform parents of upcoming assignment deadlines as well as highlighting when work has not been submitted on time.

If a set extended learning task requires students to use ICT to complete it, and they do not have access to a computer at home, they are encouraged to take advantage of the use of the academy’s ICT facilities at lunchtime or after school at Homework club.

Class Charts

Google Classroom


Year 7 are trialling a Homework booklet. All work is set in the booklet at the beginning of the half-term by departments and the pupils are expected to complete the minimum of the core tasks before the next break/holiday. Students receive credits for all tasks they have completed and detentions if not completed.

Download the Year 7 Autumn Term 1 Homework Booklet >

There is no expectation that extended learning will be set within each subject area on a weekly basis. Instead, it is the academy’s belief that extended learning should be set when appropriate for the work of each department.

In Years 7 and 8, it is reasonable to expect students to spend 20-30 minutes on each extended learning task. In Years 9, 10 and 11 students should expect extended learning tasks lasting 30-45 minutes.

The frequency of extended learning every half term/term per subject area is expected to be as follows:

ENGLISH 1 project per half term
MATHS Once a week
SCIENCE Once per topic
SCIENCE GCSE Once per topic for biology, chemistry and physics
HISTORY Once a half term
HISTORY GCSE Twice a half term
GEOGRAPHY Once a fortnight
LANGUAGES Once a week
SE Once a half term
PE Extra curricular clubs, daily
DESIGN TECH 1 per rotation
FOOD TECH 1 per rotation
TEXTILES 1 per rotation
COMPUTING Once a half term
COMPUTER SCIENCE Once a half term
ART Once a half term
MUSIC Once a term
DRAMA Once a term
H. & S. CARE Twice a half term
MEDIA STUDIES Once a fortnight


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