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The Options Process

 Throughout Year 8 students are given individual and personalised advice, support and guidance on the choice of subjects they will study for their final two years at Preston School. We aim to offer students a curriculum which allows them to personalise their learning according to their strengths, needs and interests. Alongside this we ensure students study a broad and balanced education, which will equip them with the skills, knowledge and capabilities they will require beyond Preston.

For those who need additional support, a reduced number of options is offered and they will follow the Foundation Learning course.

The options process begins early in Year 8 and involves many opportunities for students to find out more about the subjects on offer to them. These activities include:

  • Assemblies and subject information giving sessions
  • Discussions with staff
  • An Options Evening where parents and students can meet with staff.

Proposed Timelines for Options Process

  • Thursday 22nd March 2018: Options Booklet given out
  • Thursday 19th April 2018: Options Evening
  • Friday 20th April 2018: Options Forms issued
  • Thursday 3rd May 2018: Year 8 Parents Subject Evening
  • Monday 8th May 2018: DEADLINE for Options forms to be returned

Options Booklet 

Please click on the links below to view the Options Booklets.

The Options booklet for 2018 - 21 is not yet available, but will be updated for March.

 

Effective homework

A good, well-managed homework programme helps children and young people to develop the skills and attitudes they will need for successful lifelong learning. Homework also supports the development of independent learning skills and provides parents with an opportunity to take part in their children's education.

Regular homework is important as it gives pupils the opportunity to practice at home the tasks covered in class, and helps the pupils work towards improving important skills. It also helps children and young people to become confident and independent in their learning, which will help throughout their time at school and in adult life. The emphasis is on following up work done in class, consolidating learning, developing new knowledge and completing examination projects/coursework.

A checklist of good practice

  • There is a clear policy statement, developed in consultation with the pupils, staff, parents and governors, and this is reviewed on a regular basis;
  • Staff and pupils regard homework as an integral part of the curriculum - it is planned and prepared alongside all other programmes of learning;
  • The foundations of effective homework practices are established early on and develop progressively;
  • Homework is set and managed effectively and contributes to the challenge of raising attainment;
  • Homework tasks are differentiated and are appropriate to the needs of individuals;
  • The support of parents and carers is seen as essential. They assist in many ways, for example, establishing a routine for home learning, helping their children at home, monitoring homework, providing encouragement, and even assisting with the marking of homework;
  • Effective homework strategies support a range of settings in which pupils learn, for example, through parental support and guidance, joint family learning tasks, to independent learning;
  • Homework is marked according to the assessment recording and reporting policy;
  • The quality of completed homework is monitored and reviewed at regular periods in consultation with pupils and parents;
  • Homework completed well is acknowledged and praised; and
  • Innovative homework practices that reflect developments within education and the range of learning styles, for example, the use of ICT, and Independent Learning Assignments.

Home learning at Preston

Homework provides us with the opportunity to both consolidate learning and develop new knowledge. As a Business and Enterprise Academy, through home learning, we also seek we recognise the need to develop key skills, attributes and competencies in our learners. We define these as our "Enterprise Capabilities". Independent Learning Assignments (ILAs) provide opportunities for our learners to develop these capabilities, through the completion of extended project work.

In Year 7 and 8 ILA's are made available via Moodle . Dependent on subjects and year groups, there will also be a range of tasks set, some of which will require the student to organise their time over a number of weeks, others requiring completion overnight. These timetables can be found on the links below.

Recommended time for homework

The Governors have recommended that the time spent on homework or GCSE coursework should fall as follows:

Years 7 and 8 3.5 hours weekly
Year 9 5 hours weekly
Years 10 and 11 7.5 hours weekly

Monitoring and tracking home learning

The monitoring and tracking of home learning is made possible through individual teacher records and SIMS. Using the merit system teachers are able to reward students for producing high quality homework. For those students who fail to complete their tasks on time, this should be recorded on SIMS as an Effort log.

Rewarding Students

Rewarding students is possible through the merit system, through SOL certificates and for outstanding work using Principal's commendations.

Additional Study and Resources

A staffed homework club runs from 3-4pm every day after school for students to gain extra support, have access to ICT facilities or simply have a quiet space to complete work.

On the home page of this website are direct links to the following useful sites for extra resources and revision:

SAM Learning
My Maths
Moodle

Home Learning Timetable *

Please on the links below to view this years Home Learning Timetable

*Home Learning Timetables updated 11th September 2017

 

 

Monday

Activity

Time

Location

Age Range

Staff

Boys Basketball

Breaktime

Sports Hall
All Years
Mr Wray
Senior Choir
Lunchtime
Room 38
-
Mrs Lock

Maths Support Club - help with all Maths

Lunchtime

LRC
All Years
Maths Department

Girls Netball

Lunchtime

Sports Hall
Year 7 - 8
Mrs Withers

Girls Indoor Football

3.00-4.00pm

Sports Hall
All Years
Mr Richards
Homework Club
3.00-4.00pm
Room 20
-
Mr Richards
         

Tuesday

Activity

Time

Location

Age Range

Staff

Boys Football

Lunchtime

Sports Hall
Year 7 - 8
Mr Morrison
Main Choir
Lunchtime
Room 38
All Years
Mrs Lock

Maths Support Club - help with all Maths

Lunchtime

LRC
All Years
Maths Department
* Moving up from Grade 7 - Science

1.05-1.30pm

Room 35
Year 11
Miss Selwyn

* Maths Year 11 Revision

3.00-4.00pm

Room 1
Year 11
Maths Department

Girls Hockey

3.00-4.00pm

Outside Sports Hall
All Years
Mrs White, Mrs Withers, Mr Morrison & Miss Forni

* Boys Rugby

3.00-4.00pm

Outside Sports Hall
Year 7 - 8
Mr Wray & Mr Moise
Homework Club
3.00-4.00pm
Room 20
-
Mr Richards
         

Wednesday

Activity

Time

Location

Age Range

Staff

Girls Basketball

Breaktime

Sports Hall
All Years
Mr Powell

Boys Football

Lunchtime

Sports Hall
Year 9 - 10
Mr Wray

Maths Support Club - help with all Maths

Lunchtime

LRC
All Years
Maths Department
School Production Rehearsals
Lunchtime
Room 39
All Years
Mrs Hughes

* Boys Rugby

3.00-4.00pm

Outside Sports Hall
Year 9 -11
Mr Wray, Mr Moise & Mr Powell

Badminton

3.00-4.00pm

Sports Hall
All Years
Mrs Edmondson
Homework Club
3.00-4.00pm
Room 20
-
Mr Richards
         

Thursday

Activity

Time

Location

Age Range

Staff

Boys Football

Lunchtime

Sports Hall
Year 11
Mr Powell
Orchestra
Lunchtime
Room 39
All Years
Mrs Hughes

Maths Support Club - help with all Maths

Lunchtime

LRC
All Years
Maths Department

Boys Basketball

3.00-4.00pm

Sports Hall
All Years
Mr Powell

Textile Club (KS4)

3.00-4.00pm

LRC
Year 10 - 11
Mrs Purton
Lets Get Cooking (Starts 19th October)
3.05-4.30pm
Room 22
Year 7
Mrs Edmondson
Homework Club
3.00-4.00pm
Room 20
-
Mr Richards
         

Friday

Activity

Time

Location

Age Range

Staff

Boys Basketball

Breaktime

Sports Hall
All Years
Mr Powell
Flute / Recorder Group
Lunchtime
Room 39
All Years
Mrs Hughes

Maths Support Club - help with all Maths

Lunchtime

LRC
All Years
Maths Department
Gifted & Talented Maths Club
3.00-4.00pm

Year 7 - 9: Room 4
Year 10 - 11: Room

All Years
Year 7 - 9: Mrs Owen
Year 10 - 11: Mr Lynch
Archery (please sign up with Mr Camp)

2.55-4.00pm

Hockey Area
All Years
Mr Camp
Coding Club

2.55-3.55pm

ILS
Year 7 - 8
Mr Savage
         

Updated: 12th September 2017

Information (*)

Boys Rugby

Boots and Rugby Shirts required. Mouth piece is optional but advised.

Maths Year 11 Revision

Open to all Year 11s. Although this is not compulsory it is expected that you will commit to coming on a regular basis. The more often you come the more impact it will have and the more progress you will make.

Moving up from Grade 7 - Science

Week 1: Triple Only
W2: Triple & Trilogy

 

 Should you wish to speak to someone regarding Work Experience, please see our work experience and careers related learning coordinator – Miss Wilshaw, who will be able to assist you.

Contact details:

Amy Wilshaw

Telephone: 01935 471131 (main office)
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