Two important aims of the Mathematics Department are to develop, maintain and stimulate pupils' curiosity, interest and enjoyment in Mathematics, and for each pupil to achieve success commensurate with their ability and potential.
Key Stage 3: Years 7, 8 and 9
The KS3 National Curriculum is delivered using the Exploring Maths (Pearson) series of texts. Teaching takes pupils from Levels 4 and 5 through to Levels 7 and 8.
Topics covered in Year 7 include properties of numbers; whole numbers, decimals and fractions; percentages; proportional reasoning; solving problems; early history of numbers and counting; angles and shapes; measures and mensuration; transformations; constructions; linear sequences; expressions and formulae; functions and graphs; equations and formulae; using algebra; handling data; probability.
Students have six hours of Maths teaching per fortnight in each year. They are taught as form groups in Year 7. Forms are paired in Years 8 and 9, with an upper class and a lower class created from each pair. Pupils sit formal examinations in May of each year. Generally, about 95% of our pupils attain National Curriculum Level 7 or above by the end of Year 9.
Key Stage 4: Years 10 and 11
In GCSE Mathematics over the last seven years, only one student, in a total of nearly 1500 students, has not achieved an A*-C grade and nearly 70% have achieved grades A*-A. GCSE Statistics is offered as an option, and most students have achieved grades A*-A.
Key Stage 5: Years 12 and 13
Mathematics is the school’s largest A Level subject, with fifteen Maths/Further Maths classes in the sixth form. Recent results have been about 70% at grades A*-B and 100% A*-E. There are a wide range of options in Decision Maths, Mechanics and Statistics. Further Mathematics is fully timetabled and is taught alongside Mathematics. Support is also given to students taking STEP papers.
GCSE Maths: OCR - GCSE Statistics: Edexcel
A Levels: AQA
Staff in Department: Mr G Young (Head of Dept), Miss F Connell (second in the Dept), Mrs A Hayyeh, Mrs C Blakeman, Mrs J Girdlestone, Mrs L Johnston, Mr L Morris, Mrs C Peadon, Mr J Maulkerson and Mrs L Thomas.
For further information please contact the Head of Department via the School Office:
T: 01892 529551