Mathematics

The mathematics department combines theoretical teaching with practical experiences.

Our team of knowledgeable, specialist staff encourage students to apply their mathematical learning to solve ‘real-life’ problems which also helps to develop problem-solving skills and teamwork.

A good grasp of Mathematics is crucial for those wishing to pursue a career in the world of commerce, teaching, science and engineering.

Key Stage 3

All key stage three students study four hours of Mathematics each week. Topics include data handling, shape and space and the essentials of algebra. A portion of teaching time in the first year is dedicated to developing problem-solving skills through investigative tasks, which is developed and strengthened further in years 8 and 9.

Students in Key Stage 3 have the opportunity to participate in the junior UK Mathematics Challenge with Gold, Silver and Bronze certificates awarded and the potential to compete in further competitions against other schools across the country.

Key Stage 4

Since September 2015, key stage four students will be studying the new GCSE Mathematics (9-1) specification. The course content domains are assessed in the proportions as follows; Geometry and Measures (15% foundation, 20% higher), Number (25% foundation, 15% higher), Ratio Proportion and Rates of Change (25% foundation, 20% higher), Algebra (20% foundation, 30% higher), and Statistics and Probability (15% foundation, 15% higher).

The biggest changes to the content are at Foundation tier with new topics added for 2015, which in 2010 were assessed at Higher tier only. For both tiers, there will be new knowledge, skills and understanding that the students will be assessed on in the new 2015 specification. More content has been added to the Higher tier in order to stretch and challenge the most able students in order to prepare them for studying A level Mathematics. As a result, new knowledge, skills and understanding will also be introduced and assessed at Higher tier only.

The Edexcel GCSE Mathematics (9-1) will be assessed through three equally weighted examination papers at either Foundation or Higher Tier with paper 1 being the non-calculator paper. There is no coursework in GCSE mathematics. The Foundation papers will have questions targeted at grades 1 to 5, whilst the Higher tier papers target grades 4 to 9. Each paper lasts a duration of 1 hour and 30 minutes with first assessment taking place in May/June 2017. The three assessment strands of applying standard techniques (A01 – 50% foundation, 40% higher), reasoning, interpreting and communicating (A02 – 23% foundation, 30% higher), and solving non-routine problems (A03 – 25% foundation, 30% higher) will be assessed in every examination series.

For further information and a breakdown of the new grading system please visit the following link www.edexcel.com/gcsemaths2015guide

During the course of their GCSE studies students can change tiers particularly if they are making significant progress and achieving their target grades. The department offers after school revision sessions and mathematics clinics for all key stage four students to help consolidate their knowledge and understanding throughout their studies.

Students in Years 10 and 11 have the opportunity to participate in the Senior UK Mathematics Challenge.