We aim to develop
mathematically skilled, motivated and enquiring students who are equipped to cope with the numerical demands of everyday life and who are able to enjoy and appreciate mathematical concepts in the world around them. We encourage collaborative problem solving and the use of ICT in a variety of contexts and situations. We are well resourced enabling us to cater for different learning styles
Our goal is to maximise student performance in all its forms.
Years 7, 8 & 9
The curriculum for KS3 students is designed to stretch and challenge all students at an appropriate level for their ability. Students are given opportunities to explore mathematics, develop problem solving skills and work as part of a team.
We subscribe to MyMaths which is a website designed for use in and out of the classroom. There are online tutorials, practise and revision sessions, as well as online homeworks and mathematical games. The link is www.mymaths.co.uk. Students have access via the school’s login details.
Students are assessed every half term which helps to indicate each student's level of attainment. All students are encouraged to achieve the highest standards possible.
In mathematics lessons students are placed in sets according to ability. Set movement is encouraged and reviewed throughout the year.
Year 7 are grouped into 9 classes. Year 8 and 9 sets are structured in the following way. The Year group is split in half and in each half there are:
Students in year 10 and 11 follow the new GCSE syllabus Edexcel Specification B. There are two tiers of assessment, Foundation (C – G) and Higher (A* - D). Students are entered for the tier most suitable for them.
The course is modular and contains 3 units
Unit 1 30% of total marks (with calculator)
Unit 2 30% of total marks (without calculator)
|Unit 3 40% of total marks (with calculator)
Year 10 will sit the linear exams in June 2014
Year 11 will sit Unit 3 in June 2013. There will be a resit opportunity in November 2012 and March 2012 for Unit 1 and / or Unit 2.
Edexcel Foundation Specification A is linear and is examined in 2 papers in March. This is offered to selected students who would benefit from a linear exam.
Paper 1 Non-calculator (1 ½ hours)
Paper 2 Calculator (1 ½ hours)
The Department runs popular and very successful AS and A2 level courses in Mathematics and Further Mathematics. AS and A2 level Mathematics students take modules in pure mathematics and either statistics or mechanics.
AS level Further Mathematics students take modules in pure mathematics, mechanics, statistics and decision mathematics. At A2, students continue with at least one pure mathematics module, but there is some choice available for the other two modules.
Gifted and talented students in all years have the opportunity to take part in the National Mathematics Challenge with the potential to participate in further National and International competition.
Updated: September 2012
The department is staffed by 11 fully qualified specialist maths teachers. We are a happy, enthusiastic and dedicated team, who are committed to supportive and collaborative working.
Mr E Ano
Miss S Cassidy
Mrs F Choudhury
Mr T Fox
Miss E Hayes
Mrs R Hobson
Mrs J Mitchell (Assistant Subject Leader KS3)
Mr E Otoo (Assistant Subject Leader KS4)
Miss C Rance (Assistant Subject Leader KS5)
Mr D Switzer
Mr G Woodwards (Assistant Subject Leader)
Mrs D Barnfield
Mrs J Jones