Homework at Bridgewater

Bridgewater High School believes that homework can make an important contribution to pupils’ progress. Ensuring that homework is used effectively requires a partnership of teaching staff, pupils and parents; all need to understand the role and value of meaningful homework, if it is to be successfully delivered.

A key focus for the school this year is using Show My Homework to set all homework across all key stages.


Through its use of homework, Bridgewater seeks to:

  • Encourage pupils to develop the skills, confidence and motivation needed to study on their own;
  • Consolidate and reinforce the skills and understanding developed by pupils while in school;
  • Extend school learning;
  • Where appropriate be used to allow the pupils themselves to prepare for a new topic;
  • Sustain parental involvement in the management of pupils’ learning and keep them informed about the work pupils are doing;
  • On occasions access resources not available in the classroom;
  • Meet particular exam demands, such as GCSE coursework.


Indicated timings for each year of the school, assuming three subject homeworks per school day, are:

Years 7-8           45 – 90 minutes a day
Year 9                 1 – 2 hours a day
Years 10 – 11    1.5 – 2.5 hours a day
Years 12 – 13    Dependent upon individual programmes; see guidance issued by the Head of Appleton College.

For Pupils

Bridgewater pupils have a personal responsibility to:

  • Regularly log in to Show My Homework to ensure they monitor homework set and complete homework on time;
  • ensure that any additional notes are logged in the homework diary / planner provided for the purpose;
  • complete set tasks to the best of their ability, within the limits of the resources available to them;
  • submit homework for assessment, on time;
  • seek help and guidance from teaching staff when difficulties are met with.

For Parents

Bridgewater believes that parents have a vital role to play in monitoring the application of this homework policy and in supporting their children in their completion of homework tasks.

Parents are encouraged to:

  • Regularly log in to Show My Homework to assist in monitoring completion of homework;
  • provide reasonably suitable places for homework, or help children to attend other suitable places (e.g. local libraries);
  • make it clear to their children that they value homework and support the school in explaining how it can help with learning;
  • encourage their children and praise them when they have completed homework to a sufficiently high standard of content and presentation;
  • expect their children to meet deadlines and check that they have done so.