Motto: Increasing your probability of success.
The Mathematics department consists of an enthusiastic and supportive teaching team of eight mathematicians.
We share a range of resources and are continually developing our scheme of work to reflect the needs of the students. We subscribe to the MyMaths website providing a resource for homework as well as encouraging independent learning. We offer a twice weekly drop-in session to provide extra support for our students whilst offering a space for them to do their mathematics homework, knowing they can ask for help when needed.
We have recently started a Cipher Club, run by Miss Maley, providing our students with an excellent forum to stretch and challenge their mathematical skills. Members of the mathematics department are also working as part of the STEM Hub to create even more exciting opportunities for our students. Further enrichment is provided with top set students being entered for the UKMT Mathematical Challenges each year. In addition, we offer weekly support for those considering Oxbridge applications and STEP paper entries.
We regularly liaise carefully with partner middle schools to ensure continuity of curriculum experience for our new students undertaking cross phase activities when possible. Students are set within the first half of the autumn term, in year 9, according to ability with the flexibility to move students in response to their mathematical ability.
Key Stage 4
Students start learning the mathematics GCSE from year 9, giving them the best opportunities to succeed with the higher rigor that the qualification now contains. We aim to deliver an engaging and varied curriculum where we can personalise learning and effectively meet the needs of pupils of all levels and provide enjoyment, understanding and progress within the subject whilst encouraging our students to share in the responsibility of their learning. Selected students are given extra support with their mathematics skills with intervention sessions in addition to their normal lessons.
Key Stage 5
We provide a variety of ways for our post 16 students to enhance their GCSE grades through studies at L2 and A Level; dependent on individual needs.
We teach both the Mathematics A Level and Further Mathematics A Level following the Edexcel specification. Students develop their logic and reasoning skills which ensure excellent outcomes. Our students enjoy the challenge and logic of the course, together with the sense of excitement and satisfaction achieved when reaching the solution to problems.
The Mathematics department are pleased to be offering Level 3 Mathematical Studies (Core Maths) course from this September. The course will form the enrichment element programme of some sixth form programmes of study – it also attracts UCAS points equivalent to half an A Level. Please see the course information below.