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Mathematics

The essential intent of the mathematics department is to develop students who can think critically and collaborate to solve problems creatively in preparation for an unexpected and ever changing world.

Through the study of Maths, we will give students a strong foundation for further academic and vocational study and prepare them for employment.

The Maths Department’s will cultivate this by

  • Developing resilience in students so they can bounce back from mistakes and failure
  • Developing confident mathematicians who can transfer skills to other subjects and life beyond the classroom
  • Creating a positive working environment in every classroom so all students are motivated to succeed

The Mathematics Department currently have a team of 6, a Director of Mathematics, Assistant Lead in Mathematics and 4 specialist teachers, each having their own classroom, we have also have access computer suites .

To enhance the students’ experience of Mathematics, the Department also enters the annual UK Mathematics Challenge.  This comprises of Team and Individual Challenges for Years 7 - 13. Success in these competitions can enable students to progress to Regional and National finals.

The Department has recently began an initiative for students to become Maths Leaders. This has improved students’ confidence, knowledge and skills. Activities have involved teaching their peers, mentoring younger students, generating Tutor time activities, leading Assemblies, developing Numeracy across the Curriculum and planning activities for open evenings and whole school events.

This has promoted a positive ethos and working atmosphere in Mathematics throughout the School due to the enthusiasm of students who have taken up this role.

The students also have access to the Pixl Maths App, Sam Learning and Hegarty Maths which are useful on line tools to enhance students’ learning outside the classroom and to help with homework.

Studying maths gives students a strong foundation for further academic and vocational study and to prepare them for employment. The course also gives students mathematical skills, knowledge and understanding to help them in a range of other subjects e.g. science, geography. design and technology, where the understanding and application of maths is crucial.

All students in Years 7 to 11 are studying for the Edexcel GCSE course and Years 12 and 13 for the Edexcel A Level courses in Mathematics and Further Mathematics. Some year 9 students will study for an additional GCSE exam in Statistics and take the exam in Year 10.

The qualification we study for at GCSE is Edexcel 1MA1, at A level is Edexcel 9MA0, Further Maths at A level is Edexcel 9FM0

The GCSE course has two tiers available:

Foundation (Grades 1 – 5) and Higher (Grades 4 -9) and consists of three equally weighted papers. The content outlined for each tier and the grades are assessed across all 3 papers.

Career pathways linked to Maths include:

Actuary, Accountant, Statistician, Stockbroker, Engineer, Meteorologist, Quantity Surveyor, Software Tester, Analyst, Market Researcher, Space /Aircraft Industry, Banking, Teaching.

University Courses:

Computer Science, Chemistry, Biology and Life Sciences, Engineering, Medicine/Nursing, Dentistry, Business Management Studies, Finance, Architecture, Geology, Maths.

Highly sought after in degrees e.g. Psychology and Geography.

This will give students a strong foundation for further academic and vocational study and to prepare them for employment. The course also gives students mathematical skills, knowledge and understanding to help them in a range of other subjects e.g. science, geography. design and technology, where the understanding and application of maths is crucial.

All students in Years 7 to 11 are studying for the Edexcel GCSE course and Years 12 and 13 for the Edexcel A Level courses in Mathematics and Further Mathematics. Year 9 students will study for an additional GCSE exam in Statistics and take the exam in Year 10.

There is a significant increase in the demands of GCSE and A Level Mathematics and the Department monitors students’ progress through classwork, end of topic tests and homework.  Assessments take place termly to test progress and identify areas of strengths and weaknesses.