As a faculty we strive to have every one of our students feeling like they are successful mathematician. Students should enjoy the beauty of mathematics but also appreciate its essential place in the world. Students will develop skills that will equip them for everyday life, other subjects, further study and the workplace. Our three aims are: to have students who are fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics; to have students who are able to reason mathematically and to have students who can use their skills to solve problems.

Key Stage 3:

Maths KS3
Students are initially placed in groups based upon the information we get from junior schools. The majority of students follow a core scheme of work with a support scheme of work used when needed. Challenge and support are built into lessons, with the focus being on depth of understanding. Groupings are reviewed regularly.
Students will be given a minimum expected grade for GCSE and they will be assessed regularly to establish whether they are on track, above, below or significantly below.
Students are assessed using both formative and summative techniques. Students complete a check point assessment at the end of each unit of work so that staff can classify their understanding as mastered, secure or developing. Students are told what their strengths are and what they need to do in order to improve. More formal examinations take place at regular intervals throughout the term. These examinations cover all aspects of the mathematics curriculum and help to prepare students for the rigour of the GCSE examinations.
Homework is set weekly. Students will be asked to redo homework if it is not completed to the minimum standard (usually 70%). A combination of electronic homework and paper based homework are used.

Key Stage 4:

Maths KS4

At Key Stage 4 students are grouped based on ability and minimum expectation. Groups will follow either the foundation or higher tier course.
Students are assessed using both formative and summative techniques. Students complete a check point assessment at the end of each unit of work so that staff can classify their understanding as mastered, secure or developing. Students are told what their strengths are and what they need to do in order to improve. More formal examinations take place at regular intervals throughout the term. These examinations cover all aspects of the GCSE specification and help to prepare students for the rigour of the GCSE examinations.
Homework is set weekly. Students will be asked to redo homework if it is not completed to the minimum standard (usually 70%). A combination ofelectronic homework and paper based homework are used.

 

Enrichment/Extension Activities

 Regular clubs/activities

• Study support (everyday)
• UNO club (Friday)
• Chess club (Friday)
• Events/Trips/Visits
• Pi day (14th March)
• NSPCC Number Day
• Mathletics
• A level taster sessions
• Loughborough University - rollercoaster maths project
Guest speakers

Careers information/next step information

Mathematical skills and understanding are essential for all careers. Some examples of areas that are strongly linked to mathematics are:
• Accountancy
• Actuarial Professional
• Banking
• Computing & IT
• Engineering Sciences
• Design and Manufacturing

Mathematics and further mathematics are popular choices forA level study.A levels such as computing, business studies,electronics, economics, sciences and social sciences such as psychology also have a strong mathematical element. Studying mathematics at A level can lead to a degree in many different areas. Popular choices include mathematics, finance and engineering.

Contact Information

Nicola Wright
Learning Director for Mathematics
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Éanna McEvoy
Deputy Learning Director for Mathematics
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