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Mathematics

Year 7-9 (Key Stage 3)

In Year 7, pupils are initially broadly set for the first few weeks, then sets are realigned after the first half term. After that, setting is reviewed at regular intervals throughout years 7 to 11. All sets in Years 7 to 9 cover the same material but the amount of depth covered will be dependent on the ability of the group.

Due to the more demanding content in the new GCSE syllabus, GCSE work will start in Year 9 so pupils should regard this year as being an integral part of their GCSE. At GCSE pupils follow the AQA GCSE Mathematics course

Years 10-11 (GCSE)

Examination Board: AQA

The course will include:

  • Data handling, presentation, analysis and probability.
  • Number systems, fractions, decimals, percentages, ratio, proportion, expressions and equations, sequences and linear functions.
  • Properties of angles and shapes, geometrical reasoning and calculation, measures and construction, mensuration, graphical methods and further algebraic techniques.

We also offer CGSE Further Mathematics (AQA) for students who are capable of extending their mathematical skills at a higher level

Sixth Form (A Level)

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Other information

Mathematics Clinics and the Mathematics Enrichment Club

Mathematics Clinics run at lunchtimes to support students of all ages and abilities. Pupils are always welcome to attend on an ad hoc basis, and sometimes at the recommendation of their teacher, to seek clarification and additional explanation.

In addition a number of support lessons are given throughout the examination period to Year 11 and sixth form students in order to further their understanding.
The Mathematics Enrichment Club exists to encourage bright and interested mathematicians of all ages to develop their depth of knowledge via puzzles, challenges and investigations. It is also used to prepare pupils for their entry to national competitions such as the UKMT challenges.

Optional Extension Tasks

In years 7 and 8, optional extensions tasks are set for all pupils approximately once a fortnight. Students are encouraged to attempt these problem solving exercises and house points are awarded to students for attempting them. This initiative was set up to enable pupils to become more independent in their learning and to strengthen students’ problems skills.

The UKMT Mathematics Challenges

The UKMT Individual Maths Challenges are lively, intriguing multiple choice question papers, which are designed to stimulate interest in maths in large numbers of pupils. The papers contain 25 multiple choice questions. Of these, the first 15 are more accessible whilst the final 10 will provide more food for thought.

Our pupils have gained excellent results in the challenges over the last academic year.

In the Junior Challenge, our pupils won 1 Gold, 8 Silver and 19 Bronze awards. After achieving a gold award and ‘Best in School’, Harry Smith was invited to enter the next round of the competition, the ‘Kangaroo’ challenge. Only a small percentage of students are entered at this level. This is an excellent achievement for a Year 7 pupil.