Aims and Philosophy
We aim to equip students with sufficient mathematical skills for their day-to-day living and provide a firm foundation for those pursuing further study in the subject. We hope that all students experience the fascination and creative potential of mathematics. We have the luxury of over staffing our mathematics department with ten maths specialists. As a result we are very lucky to have reduced class sizes, thus enabling our students a better opportunity to meet their expected progress.
Mathematics is vital to support success in a range of other curriculum subjects. The National Curriculum lays down the content to be taught in mathematics at both Key Stages 3 and 4 in the following topic areas: Number, Algebra, Geometry and Measures and Statistics and Probability. Students are taught in ability sets and setting takes place early in Year 7 with movement between sets possible periodically during the year.
The GCSE Mathematics results in the last three years have been:
|Academic Year||GCSE Maths A* – C|
|2010 – 2011||52%|
|2011 – 2012||58%|
|2012 – 2013||55%|
|Predicted 2013 – 2014||58%|
We believe every student should have the opportunity to succeed so we timetable a range of intervention programmes to support our pupils in mathematics. This includes catch up sessions on a Tuesday after school, one to one mentoring within maths curriculum time and the setting of weekly homework. For Year 11 we offer holiday revision sessions and Saturday school.
Key Stage 3
Students follow differentiated schemes of work. In lessons we use a wide range of teaching and learning styles including interactive activities and co-operative learning techniques. The school subscribes to the mathematics website MyMaths which allows students to access topic-based worksheets and online lessons at home as well as school.
Key Stage 4
Students work towards the AQA Maths Linear examination. The course is assessed at two tiers: Foundation (Grades C–G) and Higher (Grade A*-D).There are two written exams, one non-calculator and the other with calculator. Elements of Functional Mathematics are assessed on each paper. The top GCSE set will also have the opportunity to take the Further Maths GCSE course.