We believe that prep increases academic achievement and progress, builds independence and organisational skills. This helps students to gain further knowledge and understanding, therefore we expect all students to complete prep work ahead of lessons.
At the start of the academic year, students are issued with a prep book for each of their subjects and a personalised timetable, indicating when prep work will be set and collected. It is expected that all prep work is completed to the highest standards in these books and that they are looked after and not lost. In Years 7 - 9, each piece of prep work set should take approximately 30 minutes to complete, whilst in Years 10 and 11 each piece should take at least 45 minutes. Students and parents can check the deadlines for all prep work on Epraise, using the login code in the letter sent out in the first week of term.
Each week, students can expect to receive two pieces of prep for English, maths and science and one piece of prep for each of their other academic subjects. Students are expected to complete prep by the deadlines set by their teachers. A supervised club runs daily in the library, before school and in the Library, D1 and D2 after school, to support students with the completion of their prep. There are computers available for prep that requires use of the internet.
Students can expect to receive automatic Epraise points to their account for successfully completing prep work. However, if students do not complete their prep, or it’s not completed to the standard expected, a detention will be issued on the evening of the day the prep work was due. The length of each prep detention is 30-minutes for each piece not submitted at the correct standard. Students will not be detained any later than 5.00pm daily and parents will be notified via text in the event of a detention being set. Failure to attend detention will result in a detention for 60 minutes the following day. Parents and students can check all prep deadlines for all prep on Epraise and there is now an app available for download to electronic devices.
At Swindon Academy we use Knowledge Organisers in class and as prep to help students learn the essential knowledge they need for their subjects. Securing this knowledge will allow students to develop their skills of understanding, analysis and evaluation in lessons effectively. You can access this term's Knowledge Organisers here.
We view prep work as being a vital part of learning and ask that parents support and encourage students. Parent-Student-Teacher Guides (PSTGs) are a useful tool for providing parents with information about what students will be learning in each subject area. These are issued to parents termly both by post and via e-mail.
You can find the prep timetable here for Terms 3 and 4.