Independent Study or homework is considered to be an integral part of the school curriculum and provides an essential framework to enable students to become independent learners.

Independent Study:

  • Encourages students to develop the skills and motivation needed to study effectively on their own
  • Consolidates skill and understanding developed at school
  • Complements school learning through research and additional reading
  • Trains pupils in effective time management
  • Enables parents and carers to play an active role in supporting their son’s learning

Your son’s Independent Study will consist of some practice of skills learnt during the day as well as extended assignments that will encourage your son to make choices and develop time management skills. At Key Stage 3 Independent Study will be carefully structured and monitored but as your son matures he will be expected to take greater responsibility for his own learning.

Good practice suggests that the amount of time spent by pupils at Key stage 3 should be no more than 60 minutes per day. This will increase gradually across Key Stages 4. Clearly the needs and work methods of pupils varies and this is why the time spent on Independent Study can only be presented as a guide. Sixth Form Students are expected to study for around 15 hours per week in addition to the normal school day. It is important that if your son encounters difficulties you speak to his House Tutor or Head of Year immediately, so that these issues can be resolved quickly and without causing anxiety.

We use an online homework platform linked to SIMS which is accessible via the SIMS Parent APP. Students and parents are able to access their homework through the web browser version available using Microsoft 365, which can be accessed on any device with an internet connection or via an ‘app’ for mobile devices. These apps are available to download free from Google Play (Android) and Apple App stores.

Your son will be given the necessary user names and passwords. If you have any issues please email