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Maths

Maths is a successful and innovative department who strive to encourage all students to try their best; achieve their full potential; and to engage, interact and enjoy the subject.

Maths is an integral subject to school life and beyond, with skills being transferable into many careers. We aim to inspire as many students as possible to continue their curiosity and progression within the many areas maths covers, by continuing the subject through to A Level and university.

Our team is made up of highly qualified, experienced, specialist maths teachers, who teach in a newly built, dedicated maths block with six specialist rooms.

Key Stage 3

Our new Key Stage 3 Curriculum is designed to ensure that students grasp concepts as fully as possible before moving on. This should reduce gaps in their understanding that cause problems later on.

Rather than specifying topics for each separate year group, there is a continuous sequence of carefully ordered topics that each class works through at a pace that is appropriate to them. Regular assessment, both formative and summative, helps to identify students who need additional support and those who have a strong understanding of each topic and can spend time exploring the mathematical concepts in greater depth.

Key Stage 4

In Years 10 and 11 students continue their study of mathematics and build on their work at Key Stage 3 while preparing for their GCSE maths exams at the end of Year 11.

GCSE course details

The mathematics GCSE is a new course with two tiers of entry and grades ranging from grade 9 (highest) to grade 1 (lowest).

Exam Board: AQA

Course Code: 8300

Tiers of Entry: Higher (grades 9-4), Foundation (grades 5-1)

Assessment: Three equally weighted 1.5 hour exams at the end of the course (1 non-calculator and 2 calculator allowed)

Any students for whom the GCSE course may not be appropriate have the opportunity to demonstrate their mathematical ability through other qualifications such as an Entry Level Certificate.