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Learning at home


At Heron Hall, our priority is to keep all parents fully aware of the homework assigned to their children.

We believe this is very important.

Studies have demonstrated that a collaborative effort between the school and families in overseeing homework completion can lead to an additional academic advancement of up to 10 months for students.

Consequently, this collaboration plays a crucial role in maximizing your child's academic achievements throughout their tenure at Heron Hall Academy.

As from the 19th February 2024 we will be recording all homework set on Satchel One - our new homework platform for all students.

This means as a parent you will be able to monitor what homework is being set.

We encourage you to ask your child regularly what homework they have.

If your child cannot log in, they need to inform their form tutor.

Once your child has logged in for the first time, you can go to Settings and request a Parent code.

You will then be able to use this code to log into Satchel One and monitor your child's home work.

You can log in here.

Please see a help guide here.

if you need any additional information about homework or Satchel One, please contact the school office.

Homework expectations & support

Homework expectation for each subject

Year 7, 8 & 9: 1 piece per week

Year 10 & 11: 1 piece per week & 1 targeted revision

Year 12: 1 piece per week, 1 targeted revision & 1 further reading / activity

Days for homework club

We will also offer support to students completing homework by running a homework club three times a week. These will run in the library. 

Year 7, 8 & 9: Library Monday and Wednesday 3.30-4.30pm

Year 10 & 11: Library Wednesday and Friday 3.30–4.30pm

Year 12: 6th Form Study Area

The importance of home learning

Home learning is an important part of the learning process. Home learning helps students:

Review and practice what they have learned in class: Home learning assignments give students the opportunity to reinforce the skills and knowledge they have acquired in class. By reviewing and practicing the material at home, students can better understand and retain the information.

Prepare for upcoming lessons: Home learning can serve as a preview of what students will be learning in future classes. By completing assignments in advance, students can arrive at class better prepared and ready to participate in discussions and activities.

Develop good study habits and time management skills: Doing Home learning on a regular basis helps students develop the discipline and responsibility needed to manage their time effectively. It also helps students learn to prioritise tasks and plan their schedules.

Enhance critical thinking and problem-solving skills: Home learning often requires students to apply the concepts and skills they have learned to new situations. By tackling these challenges, students can develop their critical thinking and problem-solving abilities.

Improve test scores and grades: Studies have shown that students who regularly complete their Home learning tend to perform better on exams and have higher overall grades. Home learning gives students the opportunity to review and practice the material they will be tested on, leading to better test performance.

In conclusion, home learning is an important part of the learning process for secondary school students. It helps students review and practice what they have learned, prepare for future lessons, develop good study habits and time management skills, enhance critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and improve their test scores and exam grades.


Reading at the secondary education level offers substantial benefits, including the enhancement of vocabulary and language skills, which are fundamental for academic success and effective communication.

It also fosters critical thinking and analytical skills, enabling students to evaluate information, form reasoned arguments, and develop a deeper understanding of diverse perspectives.

Moreover, reading broadens students' knowledge across various subjects, contributing to a well-rounded education and encouraging lifelong learning and curiosity.