School Policies

Our policies are available for download below.  Please click on the link to access the full document.

 School Policy documents

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Single Equality Scheme

Single Equality Scheme 2014-17 Action Plan

Behaviour Policy

Accessibility Policy

SEND Policy

Child Protection Policy Sept 2016

Complaints Procedure

Medical Needs Policy

Charging and Remissions Policy

Health and Safety Policy

Pay and Reward Policy

Risk Management Policy

Admissions Arrangements Amherst School

Online Safety Policy

Relationships and Sex Education Policy

Teaching and Learning Policy

These policies may also be viewed at the School Office.


Please click on the link below to see our Maths Policy and strategies for addition, subtraction, division and multiplication.  Amherst Maths Policy

Homework Policy

Following discussion with the staff, parents and governors, the purpose of homework at Amherst School is as follows:

  •  To develop an effective partnership between the school and parents to enhance the child’s learning
  • To consolidate and reinforce skills and understanding, particularly in reading, English and mathematics
  • To encourage pupils to develop the confidence and self discipline needed to study independently
  • To prepare pupils for the next stage of their education


Homework should build upon work being done in the classroom. It should provide an opportunity for the child and parent to work together to enable the parent to see how their child is progressing and to appreciate any difficulties their child might be experiencing. It should provide an opportunity to extend the child’s learning and enable them to use resources that they might have at home.

Homework should be set on a consistent basis with sufficient time allowed for completion of the task. Children must be given clear instructions about the activity to be undertaken.

There is an expectation that homework will be completed within the set time.

It is essential that each year group within the school has a clear understanding of the expectations for that year group and that the three class teachers are consistent in what is sent home.

Parents should be made aware of the expectations through the Year Group letter sent out at the beginning of the Autumn, Spring and Summer Terms.

Quantity of Work Set

The amount of time spent on homework each week should take account of the following:

  • The child’s home circumstances
  • The child’s ability and maturity
  • The amount of time necessary to complete the given task

Work sent home should not be over-burdensome or lead to de-motivation or loss of confidence. Should this be the case, the teacher must discuss the matter with the parent and year group colleagues.

The following are the agreed Homework Guidelines for Amherst School

Years 3 and 4 Up to 1 hour 30 minutes each week

Years 5 and 6 Up to 30 minutes per day

Homework could consist of the following:

  • Reading – is the key to a child’s success at school and their future life. The bulk of homework set in Key Stage 2 should encourage a good reading habit.

Children should be encouraged to read for between 20 and 40 minutes per day depending upon age.

  • A weekly spelling list
  • Multiplication tables and number bonds.
  • One / two mental arithmetic exercises depending upon Year group.
  • Research for school activities such as history or geography projects. This can include use of the local library or internet as well as books available to the child at home.

Occasionally work may be sent home to be finished off if the child was unable to complete the task in the given time at school. However, this should be the exception rather than the norm.