Prep Guidance

At Swindon Academy, we expect all students to complete prep work ahead of lessons to ensure a deep understanding of the topics they are learning.  Prep work provides students with an opportunity to develop knowledge in preparation for the lessons with their teachers. 

At the start of the academic year, students will be issued with a prep book for each of their subjects and a personalised timetable, indicating when prep work will be set and collected.  It‘s expected that all prep work is completed to the highest standards in these books, that they are looked after and not lost. 

In Years 7 and 8, each piece of prep work set should take approximately 30 minutes to complete, whilst in Years 9, 10 and 11 each piece should take at least 45 minutes.  Students and parents can check the deadlines for all prep work on E-praise, using the login code which will be provided. 

All students are expected to complete prep tasks by the due date set by their teachers. The library homework club is available before and after school each day to support students in completing their prep.   If students do not complete their prep, or it’s not completed the standard expected, a 30 minute detention will be issued on the evening of the day prep work was due. 

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.


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