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Mathematics
Students are set in ability groups from Year 7, and this setting is monitored regularly to ensure that the students are correctly set at all times. Whatever grouping the students are in, the key feature of the way mathematics is taught is that the whole class and year group work together on a common theme.
In class, as well as learning mathematical knowledge, the students are encouraged to develop their problem solving, communication, visualisation and logical thinking skills. The students will also look at the application of mathematics to everyday life.
ICT plays an important role within the department, with each mathematics classroom enjoying the use of interactive whiteboards. Most homework at Key Stage 3 and 4 is set online, although there is always an option for students to work offline if they so wish.
There is a weekly ‘clinic’ for all Key Stages. These clinics operate at lunchtime for Key Stage 3 and after school for the other Key Stages. Teachers in the department are often also available during break and lunch times to assist if students are struggling with any aspect of their mathematics work.
Each year students are encouraged to take part in the UK Mathematics Challenge as well as Team Mathematics competitions against other local schools. In the past students have had great success in these events and some of our students have even progressed to the European level of the competition.
MAIN TOPICS COVERED
YEAR 7 


YEAR 8 

YEAR 9 

At Key Stage 4, students follow a linear GCSE course working towards either the higher or foundation tier. Those sitting the higher tier can achieve grades 9 to 4, whilst those sitting the foundation tier can achieve grades 5 to 1.
The GSCE course content is split into modules which spiral up through the grades over the two years. The exact topics and order in which modules are covered will depend on the tier a student is working towards.
GCSE HIGHER TIER
YEAR 10 


YEAR 11 

GCSE FOUNDATION TIER
YEAR 10 


YEAR 11 

All students have the opportunity to choose GCSE Statistics as one of their GCSE options in Year 10 and 11. The course introduces students to the statistical enquiry cycle and develops their understanding of how statistics is used outside of the classroom. The course is linear, with students working towards either the higher or foundation tier.
GCSE STATISTICS
YEARS 10 & 11 


KEY STAGE 5
At Key Stage 5 students can continue their Mathematics education via several different routes:
 A Level Mathematics
 A Level Further Mathematics
 Level 3 Core Maths: Mathematics in Context
 GCSE resit
A LEVEL 
Pure Maths
Statistics
Mechanics


FURTHER MATHS: TAKEN ALONGSIDE A LEVEL MATHEMATICS 

LEVEL 3 CORE MATHS: MATHEMATICS IN CONTEXT 
Core Maths has been designed to maintain and develop reallife maths skills. The topics covered are not purely theoretical or abstract; they can be applied on a daytoday basis in work, study or life. It will also help with other Alevel subjects – in particular with science, geography, business studies, psychology and economics. Topics covered:

Exam Specifications
GCSE MATHEMATICS
https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcelgcses/mathematics2015.html
GCSE STATISTICS
https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcelgcses/statistics2017.html
A LEVEL MATHEMATICS AND FURTHER MATHEMATICS
https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcelalevels/mathematics2017.html
LEVEL 3 CORE MATHS: MATHS IN CONTEXT