Mathematics

Inspiring and developing a lifelong curiosity in Maths

 

Head of Maths Mrs H Kettle
Acting Head of Maths Mrs N Stallard
2nd in charge of Maths Mrs S Callaghan
Teacher of Maths & Team Leader KS3 Maths Mr M Healy
Teacher of Maths & Head of Story House Mrs S Charge
Teacher of Maths Mrs J Darlow
Teacher of Maths (Launchpad) Mr J Hood
Teacher of Maths Mrs F Hyland
Teacher of Maths & Assistant Head Mr A Jackson
Teacher of Maths Mr N Marshall
Teacher of Maths & Assistant Head Mr N Topley
Teacher of Maths Mrs K Brookes
Teacher of Maths Mr D Clarke
Teacher of Maths Mr H Keane

Maths is a core subject. In Years 7, 8 and 9 students having six periods per fortnight. Our students study GCSE Foundation or Higher Maths in Years 10 and 11 having seven periods per fortnight.  Students are able to study A'Level Maths in Years 12 and 13. Further details about the A'Level course are available on the Sixth Form website.

Vision

Inspiring and developing a lifelong curiosity in Maths. Through Map, Master and Move on, our learners are able to acquire the knowledge and fluency to reach their full mathematical potential and succeed at GCSE and beyond. They will learn in an environment where they feel confident to take the necessary risks to challenge themselves. Our supportive and dynamic teaching will allow them to become resilient, independent and analytical problem solvers.

The school vision of “Life in all its fullness” underpins the Maths curriculum through the key stages. Our pathways through Key Stage 3 tailor provision based on prior attainment and allow us to provide the necessary support and extension to all pupils. With the support of HegartyMaths our learners can progress through both directed and independent study to become proficient and confident mathematicians.

Maths Learning Journey

This is a visual representation of how students' knowledge and skills develop through the Maths Foundation & Higher curriculum.

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Maths Foundation Learning Journey   Maths Higher Learning Journey

Why Study Maths at GCSE?

Mathematics is a compulsory subject at GCSE, and all students will continue to study the subject. Mathematics is a key qualification and a GCSE pass is expected for most occupations. On top of that you will be developing your problem solving skills and your ability to work confidently with number.

Outline of syllabus content

The syllabus builds on the content of KS3 with further topics in Number, Algebra, Ratio and Proportion, Geometry and Measures, probability and statistics.

Mathematics GCSE will be graded 1-9, with the new grade 9 designed to stretch and identify the most able students. The GCSE is divided into Higher and Foundation tiers. The Higher tier covers grades 4-9 whilst Foundation covers 1-5. The Foundation tier extends higher than the existing C grade to grade 5 which is broadly equivalent to a (low) B.

In addition to the grade changes there is increased content in both Higher and Foundation tiers and students will need to remember key formulae. There is a significant emphasis on problem solving, requiring you to apply your maths knowledge and communicate your reasoning clearly.

GCSE Assessment

Assessment will be in the form of three one and a half hour papers in the Summer of Year 11. The papers are equally weighted. There will be one non-calculator paper. You will either take Foundation tier papers or Higher tier papers. The final decision on tier of entry will be made in the Spring of Year 11.

GCSE Maths Exam specification information