Sixth Form - Independent Study

We consider it part of our responsibility to prepare students for the adult world where a 37‐40 hour working week is commonplace. Therefore, in addition to 9 hours lesson time and 2 supervised study periods in each subject per fortnight, we expect all students to be spending at least 7 hours per subject per week on independent work (for students taking 3 A Levels). This could be formal homework set by your teacher or additional work to support learning or revision. Sixth Form facilities are available for independent study after school until 6:00pm every day.


Students are required to keep an independent log of work done. This is signed off by both the form tutor and subject teachers.


Students may be granted period 5 home study sessions after October Half Term in Year 13 if they demonstrate:


  • that they are working on or within 1 grade of their target grade in all subjects (via interim assessments, internal examinations and predicted grades)
  • attendance is above 95%
  • punctuality is at an acceptable level
  • effort grades are at a B or above in all subjects.


Permission must be granted by all subject teachers and Student Progress Leader (SPL). Year 13 students who have been given permission may only use home study sessions if they have no lessons scheduled for period 5. These may be withdrawn at any point by the SPL or Head of Sixth Form.