Mathematics

Students are set in Mathematics on entry based on their Key Stage 2 results and assessment carried out during the Year 6 induction week.

In Years 7, 8 and 9 students follow one of three Key Stage 3 Schemes of Work which are designed to challenge all students.

In Years 10 and 11 students follow different pathways, depending on attainment in KS3 examinations. All KS4 students follow either the Higher or Foundation schemes of work and take the examination at the end of the two years.

In Years 12 and 13 a variety of courses are available. A level courses in Mathematics and Further Mathematics are examined by AQA at the end of the two year course. A GCSE Mathematics re-sit course for those students that did not achieve a level 4 in their GCSE examinations.

To further support learning students have access to a wealth of resources via the ActiveLearn platform for all students and MathsWatch for Key Stage 4.

Key Stage 3

Mathematics is a core subject for all Key Stage 3 students (Years 7, 8 and 9) and covers the following topics over the three years:

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Shape Space and Measure
  • Handling Data

A variety of enrichment tasks are provided to develop thinking skills and ensure students are pushed to reach their potential.

Students are formally assessed at the end of each unit of learning, and at the end of each half term. Set changes take place as a result of these assessments.

Students in the top two sets have the opportunity to sit the UK Junior Mathematics Challenge.

Key Stage 4

Awarding body: Edexcel

Students start studying the GCSE syllabus in Year 10. We offer two GCSE options – Foundation Mathematics (grades 5-1) and Higher Mathematics (grades 9-4).

Students are formally assessed at the end of each unit of learning, and at the end of each half term. Set changes can take place as a result of these assessments.

To support students with their learning, regular after school sessions are available during Key Stage 4. Students are encouraged to attend revision sessions delivered by staff prior to their external examinations.

Students studying the Higher tier have the opportunity to sit the UK Intermediate Mathematics Challenge.

Key Stage 5

Awarding body: AQA

We currently offer A-Level courses in Mathematics and Further Mathematics. All are studied over two years and examined at the end of the course. Content for the A level is standardised by the DfE. Information on the modules taught in Further Mathematics can be found in the Sixth Form Course Guide.

All sixth form mathematicians have the opportunity to sit the UK Senior Mathematics Challenge.