The Mathematics Department is focused on ensuring that all students, regardless of ability, achieve their full potential. Mathematical reasoning is developed and new skills embedded through investigations, problem solving and the application of mathematics to real life. We have high expectations of our students and expect them to arrive promptly, fully equipped (pen, pencil, ruler and scientific calculator) and ready to learn.
KEY STAGE 3
In Y7 and 8 students follow a differentiated two year KS3 mathematics curriculum which prepares them for their GCSEs beginning in Y9 with three formal assessments to help inform group changes throughout the year. The most able students also compete in the national UK Maths Challenge.
KEY STAGE 4
Students follow the AQA GCSE course at either the Higher tier (grades 5-9) or Foundation tier (grades 1-5) with the intention that all students will be entered for GCSE mathematics at the end of Y11. Students are set according to ability and are assessed throughout the year in order to monitor their progress. It is essential that every student prepares well for their assessments as this information is used to ensure that they are entered at the appropriate tier for their final examinations.
In Y11, time is allocated to examination preparation and students are given targeted revision homework to support them in achieving their full potential.
KS3: 4 hours
KS4: 5 hours (Y10), 5 hours (Y11)
Paper 1: (33.3%) Written exam – 1.5 hours (Non Calculator paper)
Paper 2: (33.3%) Written exam – 1.5 hours (Calculator paper)
Paper 3: (33.3%) Written exam – 1.5 hours (Calculator paper)
HEAD OF DEPARTMENT: Mrs. S. Perrin