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The purpose of homework at Capital is to deepen understanding and consolidate learning, preparing students for work to come. Homework will be challenging, set in line with the school’s policy and be appropriate for the ‘age and stage’ of students.  Its ultimate aim is to support students’ academic outcomes.

How much homework will be set?

As a guide the recommended homework for a student at Capital is as follows:

Year Per Week

3.5 hours reading (a minimum of 30 minutes every day)

Approx. 30 minutes of subject specific homework each week


3.5 hours reading (a minimum of 30 minutes every day)

Approx. 45 minutes of subject specific homework each week


3.5 hours reading (a minimum of 30 minutes every day)

Approx. 1 hour of subject specific homework each week

Capital 6

‘A’ Level subjects: 5 hours per subject per week.

It is recommended that courses that are equivalent to an A Level also set at least 5 hours per week. Students studying a BTEC or VTCT Extended Diploma should complete approximately 15 hours of independent study.


What homework will be set?

Homework will be purposefully and deliberately constructed to enable students to select, organise and deploy a wide range of knowledge effectively. It will foster independent study and prepare students for the new, more demanding GCSE, BTEC and A Level qualifications.

Homework may be set in conjunction with knowledge organisers, revision guides, exam-style questions or a list of key words. Arts subjects may set practical instead of written tasks where appropriate. Students could be asked to submit homework using Google Classroom. Students should record all homework in planners.

Capital 6

Students will be set 5 hours of independent study work per A Level subject or A Level equivalent. This may involve pre-reading, exam style questions or answers, note-making, wider reading, essay planning, essay writing or assignment drafting. Students working towards Level 3 study will also be expected to complete assignments for their chosen courses, and work towards improving their GCSE English or Maths grades.


The benefits of reading for pleasure are well documented and can be viewed here and here.

We aim to support our students in cultivating their reading habits through the expectation that they read for at least half an hour every day

The Academy has a Recommended Fiction Reading List which can be found here. We expect students to use this list as a starting point for exploring people, places, times, forms, and genres.  From this students can get a better idea of what they enjoy reading and therefore become independent readers able to choose fiction they know they will read for pleasure.  Students’ reading should also include non-fiction and Time Magazine’s All-TIME 100 Best Non-Fiction Books found here is a good place to start.

At Key Stage 3 (Y7 & Y8) we expect students to read their Accelerated Reader text and there is a weekly lesson to support this. All KS3 students must record their reading reflections is their Reading Log this is checked every day by their Learning Advisor.

At Key Stage 4 (Y9 to Y11) we expect students to read and re-read their GCSE English Literature set texts.  These are:

  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson;

  • Macbeth by William Shakespeare;

  • An Inspector Calls by J. B. Priestley;

  • Conflict Poems from the AQA Poetry Anthology.

These texts are loaned to students but we recommend students obtain their own copy that they can annotate to support their studies.  KS4 students should supplement their set text reading by reading non-fiction, study guides (available through Parent Pay), academic journals (provided in English lessons), and broadsheet newspaper articles.


SEND Support

The Academy’s SEND Department offers homework support for SEND students on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays after school.  This support focuses on mathematics, English, science, and humanities subjects.

How Will This Be Monitored?

Homework will be checked by teachers and the Academy Behaviour policy followed if not completed or not completed to an acceptable standard. CALs will monitor homework through termly work scrutiny, DEFT walks, Learning walks and reviews of the schemes of learning. YTLs will monitor homework through LAs and planner checks.