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The Team and Facilities:

The Mathematics department which consists of nine members of staff (Head of Faculty, two Assistant leaders, four classroom teachers and two specialist teaching assistants) is located in the main building of the school with 6 dedicated classrooms. The department has invested in a class set of iPads that can be used with any group; as well as having an interactive smart board in each classroom.

 

Key Stage 3:

The aim of the Mathematics Department is for every pupil, whatever their ability, to fulfil their mathematical potential. To achieve this we strive to make our lessons interesting and engaging making links to everyday life examples. By creating three different pathways/schemes that allow each student to reach their full potential (based on their entry point into the school), lessons both stretch and challenge pupils of all abilities. Students are given access to a number of interactive websites (active learn, mymaths, doddle etc) that allows them to continue their learning at home alongside weekly homework.

Pupils in key stage 3 have the opportunity to take part in the UKMT Junior Maths Challenge, and attend lunchtime/after school homework/support sessions.

 

Key Stage 4:

Key stage 4 Mathematics begins in year 9 where pupils are placed into ability sets based on their performance in years 7 & 8. Our aim, as in Key Stage three is for all students to reach their full potential and gain the qualification they need to progress to further education, whether it is the sixth form or college.  Students follow the three year Edexcel GCSE curriculum either at higher or Foundation tier which consists of three one and a half hour exams at the end of year 11. Regular intervention sessions are put on for students who need extra support throughout the three year programme. Students also receive access to similar websites as key stage 3 (mymaths, doddle etc) but also more specific GCSE sites/apps such as PIXL maths app.

 

Key Stage 5:

Mathematics in Key Stage 5 includes two different options. The first option is to take an AS/A2 in Mathematics where pupils follow the Edexcel Syllabus (Core 1 & 2, Statistics 1 in year 12; then Core 3 & 4, Decision 1 in year 13) if they have achieved the required entry grade.

We have also introduced a course called Core Maths which is equivalent to an AS level, for students who enjoy Maths but did not reach the required grade to attempt an A2 Maths programme. The aim of the core Maths programme is to develop students’ mathematical skills and thinking about real life situations.

Revision sessions both in school and at local universities are offered in order for students to maximise their potential.

Both Qualifications offer students a great opportunity to reach higher education and give them valuable skills in life.

 

Subject Year Group Exam Board Specification
Maths 9 Edexcel Pearson Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Mathematics (1MA1)
Maths 10 Edexcel Pearson Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Mathematics (1MA1)
Maths 11 Edexcel Pearson Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Mathematics (1MA1)
Maths 12 AQA Mathematical Studies (1350)
Maths 13 Pearson Edexcel Advanced GCE in Mathematics (2210)