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Hamilton School's Learning Journey

“Success is a journey, not a destination.” - Arthur Ashe (1943-93), Tennis champion.

All students are on a learning journey which they will continue all the way through their adult lives. For most of our students, Hamilton School will accompany them for seven years of that journey.

In order that that journey is stimulating, enjoyable and successful for all our students we ensure that:

  • students have access to curriculum pathways and a broad range courses appropriate to their strengths, needs and aspirations

  • students are taught using a wide range of techniques and resources which promote deep learning and understanding

  • students develop a range of skills and learning habits so that they can manage their own learning as much as possible

  • students are both supported and challenged them where necessary

  • students and parents know and understand their end of key stage performance targets

  • students and parents know and understand their what they need to do to ensure students make strong progress towards their targets

  • teachers and teaching assistants understand how they can help every student in their care to progress along their personal Learning Journey.


For guidance on how we set appropriate homework please download our Homework Expectations for KS3 and KS4 available below.

Hamilton School is committed to supporting students in achieving their full academic potential and on-going assessment plays a vital role ensuring that happens.

At the start of each key stage, students are set a target based on a "realistically aspirational" grade which reflects what similar students nationally might aspire to. Regular assessment helps us monitor students’ progress and target learning and teaching activities accordingly. In addition, students receive regular feedback on their work and are expected to do complete improvement and reflection activities (DIRT) to embed their learning and understanding.

We regularly feedback this information to parents and students and the main ways of doing this are:


Each Year Group in school receives three reports per year, one at the end of each full term via post/email.

Progress Meetings

Once a year, students and parents are invited to a calendared meeting with subject staff. The purpose of this is to discuss targets, progress and strategies for improvement. Parents and students may request additional appointments with teachers at any point throughout the year.