Expectation of Students

Procedures for the Classroom

Prior to the Lesson

Students should be punctual to class and wait for their teacher before entering the classroom. Students are asked to line up quietly outside the classroom. When their teacher invites them into the classroom, boys are asked to enter quietly, Year 7 to 10 boys must stand behind their chairs until asked to sit. Any student who is late to class should have his diary signed and appropriate action taken. Students late to class without an acceptable reason will be issued with a penalty.

During the Lesson

No unauthorised talking. Noise should always be kept to a minimum, even during practical lessons. No student is allowed to rock back on his chair or put his feet up. If another teacher or a visitor enters the room, students should stand up. No furniture is to be removed unless directed by the classroom teacher.

End of the Lesson

The period only ends when the teacher directs. When the bell goes, students must not start packing their things away. When the teacher directs, boys should place their chairs away, check that the room is tidy, and leave quietly.


It is the responsibility of each student to be at homeroom or class on time. A warning bell is rung to notify all students that they should already be at their next destination. Penalties will apply to students who are late without written permission in their diaries.

Homework Policy

Homework is set every period, every day. All homework is to be noted in the Student Diary at the end of each lesson.


Homework at St Pauls Catholic College is seen as being an integral component of the learning process across all year groups.

Since not all students learn at the same rate, the setting of homework can allow for all students to achieve the desired lesson outcomes by completing those tasks not finished during the school day. Just as importantly, it can serve to reinforce, consolidate and extend what has previously been learnt.

Homework also serves to develop self-discipline by fostering long-term habits of learning, study and planning, which together enable students to develop responsibility for their own learning.

Tasks set for completion outside of normal lesson time play an important role in providing a range of opportunities for students to develop their research skills, to undertake and/or complete tasks that are not possible in the classroom. In this way, homework serves to complement and reinforce what is done in the classroom, and adds to the overall enrichment of student learning. As well as assessment tasks that are set by teachers for completion, each student should also be encouraged to allocate time each night to other important aspects of learning, including revision and study for class tests, major exams, research etc. In support of our Literacy Policy, students are expected to allocate a minimum of 15 minutes each night to reading, using the SQ3R and Three Level Analysis strategies.

Time Allocation

Students may need more or less time to complete tasks, depending on how quickly they work.

Where assignments, study or research tasks are set, it is expected that students may need to devote an additional amount of time to their completion.

As a general guide, students should be devoting the following minimum amounts of time to homework:

Year Group Nightly Monday – Friday Per Subject Weekend
Years 7 & 8 1½ hours 7½ hours 15 minutes 1 hour
Years 9 & 10 2 hours 10 hours 20 minutes 2 hours
Years 11 & 12 3 hours 15 hours 3 hours p/week 5 hours

In completing tasks set for homework, students:

  • record details in their Student Diary
  • develop a routine of homework completion
  • complete work in an environment free from distractions
  • organise themselves so as to allow sufficient time for the completion of homework
  •  ensure that tasks are completed by the due date, and to the best of their ability