The Mathematics Department aims to provide a stimulating, dynamic and academically rigorous experience for all our students. The Department encourages initiative, creativity and innovation which leads to very impressive student outcomes.
We are committed to fully developing student confidence in their own abilities and strive to demonstrate that the subject is rich, challenging and enjoyable.
We aim to develop an atmosphere of work and interest within our classes and hence nurture the self-motivation of our students.
Students are encouraged to apply mathematical skills and knowledge to everyday, functional situations as well as showing initiative when solving problems. We encourage our more able students to enter national competitions and value their participation and achievement.
Extra-curricular provision: The Department offers a range of enrichment activities. Our talented mathematicians are very successful in National Maths Challenges and are often invited to compete at the highest level. We also offer master classes at KS3 and run revision clinics/morning maths to support key students with their preparation for examinations.
GCSE Textbooks and Revision Guides
If parents wish to purchase books to help with their child's studying, here is a recommended list:
Pearson Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Mathematics Foundation Student Book ISBN: 978 1 447 98019 3
or Pearson Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Mathematics Higher Student Book ISBN: 978 1 447 98020 9
Revision guides and workbooks can be purchased through the Mathematics department for £6 each.
Key Stage 3: In Years 7 and 8 students have 7 one hour lessons per fortnight. All students follow the National Curriculum which is supported by differentiated text books to ensure students are challenged and supported appropriately.
Students are assessed regularly and time in class is given for students to address any areas for development. The school subscribes to MyMaths and teachers encourage students to engage in independent study outside of lessons.
Key Stage 4: Students study the Edexcel GCSE Mathematics (9-1) over three years. Students have 8 one hour lessons each fortnight. A course specific text book, with interactive resources, is used to support student’s learning and each student is issued with a practice text book for home learning and independent study. In addition, we subscribe to Active Learn, MethodMaths and MyMaths. Students have an increasing number of PPE assessments throughout this Key Stage to ensure they are fully prepared for their final assessments at the end of Year 11.
Key Stage 5: AS and A-Level Mathematics are extremely popular with students. Currently there are two Maths groups in Year 12, as well as Year 13. We follow the Edexcel course, ensuring that stretch and challenge is embedded throughout. AS and A Level Further Mathematics are also taught each year, alongside straight Maths. We are very proud that many of our students continue studying maths related courses at university.