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 At Wanstead High School we set homework to: 

  • Develop the lifelong learning skills needed in the modern world
  • Give students the opportunity to learn through a greater variety of media
  • Develop the independent learning skills required for GCSE, post-16 and higher education.
  • Improve the performance of our students in examinations and therefore enhance their life chances

Years 7 – 9

At Key Stage 3, students are set a combination of Independent Learning Assignments (or ILAs) and more traditional subject homework tasks to develop and consolidate learning that has taken place in lessons.

ILAs are set at different times during the school year and will require students to develop skills in research and other independent study skills. Details of the ILAs are published below. 

Most tasks should take around 2½ hours and we expect students to spread their work evenly through the term. Each night they should work for:

  • 1 - 1½ hours in year 7
  • 1½ hours in year 8
  • 1½ - 2 hours in year 9

All ILAs must be completed by the deadline set in each subject.

Independent Learning Assignments Calendar 2019-20 - Please click here


In addition to ILAs, subjects may be set weekly homework.

Maths will set regular weekly homeworks (as well as one ILA a year) which alternate between 'My Maths' tasks, set online, and written exercises. There will also be weekly learning and reading homeworks in core subjects and modern languages.

Excellent homework will be rewarded by merits, gift vouchers and special awards.

Year 7 Homework Timetable 2019/2020 - Please click here.

Year 8 Homework Timetable 2019/2020 - Please click here.

Year 9 Homework Timetable 2019/2020 - Please click here.

Years 10 - 11

At Key Stage 4, homework set tends to be of a more traditional nature and often focusses on preparing students for their examinations at the end of Year 11.

To try ensure a balance of workload, there is a homework timetable – see below. 

Year 10 Homework Timetable 2019/2020 - Please click here.

Year 11 Homework Timetable 2019/2020 - Please click here.

Years 12 - 13

Each student is expected to complete 4 – 5 hours on homework tasks per week for each A Level subject taken. The range of assignments set will vary depending on the subject but will include activities to support the development of organisational and independent learning skills 

The Orange Zone

Students failing to complete homework in any year will be referred to  our study hall and detained after school in our “Orange Zone” where they will be supervised to complete their work.

Reading List

In addition to formal homework tasks and ILAs, all students are encouraged to read which, as well as being a source of pleasure, also develops literacy.

Please click here for a suggested reading list.

The list has been compiled primarily to promote reading for pleasure among KS3 students. Most of the books listed are available in the school library and at local Redbridge libraries. Please encourage your child to make use of these facilities and read during their spare time.