A variety of teaching styles is used and we value and teach important skills such as co-operative learning and working with independence and confidence. There is a huge emphasis on success and supporting students at every level; and results in this curriculum area have continued to improve and exceed many challenging targets.
We strongly believe that students are best motivated through success. We’ve got a team of mathematics specialists who can offer support and guidance whilst also extending and challenging other students. Our differentiated assessments allow us to give all students a feeling of value, achievement and progress.
The Mathematics Department enters able students in each year group for The Maths Challenge, a national mathematics competition as well as regularly taking students to events organised by the Further Maths Support Programme such as team maths challenges and enrichment events.
The Key Stage 3 curriculum has seen some significant changes in recent years.
The Mathematics curriculum is split into six areas: Number and the number system, Ratio and Proportion, Algebra, Geometry and measures, Statistics and Probability. Rigorous assessment and homework tasks are put in place to ensure that all students to check students are making progress in line with national expectations.
At Key Stage 4 we use the AQA GCSE exam board following the most recent changes to the specification for teaching from September 2015.
We follow a linear course where students take their final exams at the end of year 11, this being three examination papers, 2 calculator and 1 non-calculator paper, each being 1 hour 30 minutes in duration.
In Year 12 students can study AS mathematics which they may continue to A2 (Advanced) Level in Year 13. Advanced Level mathematics comprises of 6 modules, 4 core and 2 applied. We currently use the Edexcel examination board for the examinations. Students can also study for the Certificate in Financial Studies which is a recognised entry-level qualification for a career in financial services.