The Mathematics team consists of 14 specialist maths teachers and a curriculum assistant.
In Year 9 we continue to develop topics covered in years 7 and 8 and introduce new ones using GCSE style questions and assessment. Teaching is by a variety of methods, formal class teaching, group work, practical work and investigations. Students also start to explore how maths is relevant in everyday context and how it is used in problem solving.
In Years 10 and 11 students are prepared for the GCSE exam taken at the end of year 11. Entry is made at one of two levels, Foundation or Higher ensuring that every student has a chance to maximise their potential. Students are tracked closely throughout the course so that individual learning needs are met. GCSE now consists of 3 exam papers (1.5 hours each) graded 9-1 (2 calculator papers and 1 non calculator paper).
Results are consistently well above national statistics and this summer 80% of students achieved 9 - 4, with over 50% achieving at least a grade 5. We also offer a range of other qualifications for selected students at an appropriate level including entry level and a level 2 further maths qualification for the most able.
Schemes of work and further opportunities for extended learning are on the maths department website. GCSE students have login access to online textbooks through Pearson Active Learn and all students have access to support materials through mymaths and mathswatch subscriptions.
In the sixth form we prepare students for AS and A level examinations in Mathematics and Further Mathematics. The courses have an emphasis on pure maths and we offer applications modules in statistics, decision maths and mechanics. Students wanting to take maths related degrees are encouraged to sit the extension award paper. We also offer AS Mathematical Studies which supports Science, Psychology and Humanities.
Able students take part in the individual and team intermediate and senior maths challenges every year. We aim to provide an enjoyable and challenging experience for all students and staff are always available to help individuals outside lesson time.