All of the College’s routines, rules and expectations are outline in an information booklet. This information is also provided to the families of all students new to the college so that they are completely familiar with life at The Spires College. For specific policies, please visit the policies page on this website: https://www.thespirescollege.com/about/policies
A link to the booklet is below:
In response to Covid-19, additional expectations are in place for the autumn term. These have been shared with students and parents / carers via email and will be the subject of assemblies during the first week of term:
At The Spires College, we believe than rewarding good effort, achievement, behaviour and conduct is the best way to encourage our students. This is done through Achievement Points, certificates, verbal and written praise, awards assemblies, post-cards and letters home and celebration evenings.
Achievement points will be noted in student planners and recorded in the student database. You will be able to monitor your child’s Achievement Points when you sign his or her planner each week.
Guidance for Students
Homework is work that you are required to do outside of your timetabled lessons. Not all homework is done at home; in fact, some homework tasks might need to be completed at College (in break, lunch or after College) because you need books, equipment or ICT resources that you don’t have at home. Some students find working at home difficult. If this is the case for you, you should complete your homework in College.
You will be given a Homework Timetable. Your tutor will show you how to record your Homework Timetable in your planner.
Your Homework Timetable will help you to plan your time. Your Homework Timetable tells you what homework you should expect to complete each day. The day on which you are expected to complete the homework might not be the day on which it is set. Your subject teacher will tell you:
- (a) What homework you need to do
- (b) What day you should do the homework on
- (c) How, and where, you should record the homework in your planner
If it is easier for you to complete your homework on a different day from that detailed on your timetable, that’s fine, as long as you meet the deadline.
Your planner is a very important tool. It will show you, each day, exactly what you need to do that day outside of your timetabled lessons.
If you don’t bring your planner to school or you don’t write down your homework properly, you will be given an L1-Planner. If you lose your planner you should tell your tutor. You will need to buy a new one.
Your tutor will check your planner each week. You must show your planner to your parent or carer and get them to sign it. Your tutor will tell you on which day they will check that your planner has been signed.
If you don’t complete your homework by the deadline, you will be given an L1-Homework and your teacher will ask you to complete it by a new deadline, probably the next day. Your teacher will write a note in your planner and may also set you a break or lunchtime detention.
If you fail to complete your homework by the new deadline, your teacher will give you an L2-Homework and you will be required to attend an after school department detention. Your teacher will also ring your parents or carers.
It is your responsibility to:
- (a) Bring your planner to school every day
- (b) Complete your homework every day; your planner will tell you what homework you need to do each day
- (c) Record your homework carefully, exactly as directed by your teacher
- (d) Ask your teacher if you don’t understand what you need to write down or where you need to write it down, or what you need to do
Guidance for Parents
At The Spires College, we value homework. ‘Homework’ is learning that students are expected to complete outside of their timetabled lessons. Not all ‘homework’, however, will be completed at home. Sometimes, it might be more appropriate for your children to complete homework at school if, for example, they are required to work with other students or they need to use resources or equipment that are only available in school.
Our parents and carers have told us how much they want to support their children’s learning but that sometimes it is difficult to know what their child is expected to be learning beyond their timetabled lessons. To help to solve this, we give your child a Homework Timetable which details what homework they should be working on each day.
Please make sure that your child shows you their planner each day. The planner will detail exactly what homework your child should be working on each day.
KS3 students (Years 7 and 8) should spend about 30 minutes on each homework set. KS4 students (Years 9, 10 and 11) should spend about 45 minutes on each homework set.
Your child should be completing two or three homework activities each day (as per the timetable). If it is easier for your child to complete their homework on a different day from that detailed on their timetable, that’s fine, as long as they meet the deadline.
Please could you sign your child’s planner each week? Your child will tell you on which day their tutor will check their planner. By signing your child’s planner, you are telling us that you are working with us to support your child’s learning.
If you are concerned that your child is receiving too much, or too little, homework; or if you would like advice regarding how best to support your child’s learning beyond the classroom, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Please contact your child’s tutor, in the first instance.
- Lost property should be handed in to reception as soon as possible, not left in classrooms, offices, or taken home, etc.
- Items that are named will be returned to their owner via form tutors if practical or, if the item cannot be left in the tutor’s pigeon hole, a note will be left for the tutor to give to the owner. The owner should then email email@example.com to arrange a time to collect the item from the Lost Property Hub by the last Thursday before the next school holiday.
- Un-named items are sorted and stored temporarily. Students and parents should enquire by email to firstname.lastname@example.org if they are looking for something they have lost.
- On the last Thursday before each school holiday, un-named and un-claimed lost property is displayed in the reception foyer and students and parents are invited to claim items that have been lost.
- Items remaining after this are donated to charity, or disposed of.
Please remember that the college is not responsible for personal property bought onto the college site, nor is it liable for any loss should personal property be damaged, lost or stolen. Please carefully consider whether it is appropriate for personal items to be brought to college.