Key Stage 3
All pupils follow a 3 year course based on the National Strategy for Mathematics. Topics are taught and revisited throughout the 3 years in increasing depth so that pupils have numerous opportunities to develop their skills and knowledge. In-lesson tests are held approximately every half-term and optional SATs at the end of Years 7 and 8. The Key Stage 3 SAT is taken during May of Year 9.
There are 2 classes in each Year set by ability. Most year group lessons are taught at the same time so there are good opportunities for pupils to move between the 2 classes depending on their progress.
Key Stage 4
All pupils follow the Edexcel Modular GCSE course in Mathematics at either Foundation (C-G) or Higher (A*-D) levels. Acceptance at either level is determined by progress during Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 3 SAT results.
The course consists of study leading to a series of 2 examinations taken in March and June of the first year and a final examination in June of the second year. Each examination comprises a calculator and non-calculator paper.
All pupils receive maths homework once a week. Homework in Key Stage 3 will consist of 20-45 minutes depending on Year and ability. Homework in Key Stage 4 will cover 45-60 minutes. Homework is designed to improve and hone skills and is seen as essential to development, and achievement of a good grade at GCSE.
Staff are available every Thursday and on most Tuesdays after school. Tuesday and Thursday lunchtime sessions can be arranged if needed by pupils.