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Orchard School Bristol


How it works 

  1. Students are to use their planners to record all homework and parents can communicate with teachers through planners if they want to.
  2. Students will also have homework posted on Google classrooms
  3. Students will start to bring their books home to complete homework

For queries about homework, email

As a guide, your child should receive homework to the amount listed in the table below on a weekly basis, please talk to your child regularly and review their planner with them to ensure they are using it accurately.  We suggest students record in their planners the date each homework is due to be completed and handed into their teacher to help them organise their time most effectively. 

Year group

Number of subject homeworks

per week day

Homework guide time

 for each subject

Guide number of hours per week (total)

Year 7 and 8

2 subjects

20 mins


Year 9

2 subjects

30 mins


Year 10

One or two

45 mins


Year 11

One or two

1 hour



Supporting with Homework 

If your child is finding homework difficult, encourage them to give it a go even if they don’t think they are getting it right. Making mistakes often leads to better understanding.

If they are getting very upset, tell them to stop. Attempting to carry on will only increase anxiety. Please write a note or email the class teacher to ensure that they can support them with this piece of work.

Skipping homework should not become a regular event. Please be aware that children can be very good at finding excuses that might have been true, yet if you hear the same excuse regularly you may wish to question them!

For some useful resources to support your child with their homework, check out the relevant subject area on our curriculum pages.

Homework Club

Homework club is available every day after school, it takes place in the school library where children have a quiet place to study as well as access to Chromebooks as a high proportion of homework set by teachers is through online portals.

Students are also available to use the library every day during break times and lunchtimes.