Staff

Mrs D Papprill, Head of Maths
Mr I Hebden
Mrs H Ainsworth
Mr T Gillbanks, Deputy Headteacher
Mr M Webb-Sear
Mrs A Myers
Miss J Camm

Key Stage 3

Year 7 students are put into Maths sets from the start of the year based on their KS2 results from primary school. For the rest of Year 7 students are taught within these sets. However these sets are not rigid and there is sometimes the possibility for students to move sets throughout the year, particularly after a test, if appropriate.

During Year 8 students continue to be taught in sets. These sets are decided on at the end of Year 7, based on test and exam results for the year, along with each teacher’s professional judgement. Again these sets are not rigid and there is sometimes the possibility for students to move sets throughout the year.

During Year 9 students continue to be taught in sets. These sets are decided on at the end of Year 8, again based on test and exam results for the year, along with each teacher’s professional judgement. Once again these sets are not rigid and there is sometimes the possibility for students to move sets throughout the year. In order for the Year 9 students to make a thorough and well prepared start to the Maths GCSE course, we start the GCSE at the beginning of Year 9. During the year approximately half of the GCSE course should be covered, including topics on Number, Algebra, Data Handling and Shape. At the end of Year 9 students sit an internal exam on these topics, the results of which are used for setting purposes in Year 10. This then allows for the rest of the GCSE course to be covered during Year 10, leaving Year 11 to practice and consolidate key topics or additional further study for the most able students.

Key Stage 4

Year 10 are studying the Edexcel Linear Maths GCSE course, covering it in three units. The students studied a unit on Number and Algebra in Year 9 and will cover a unit on Number and Data Handling in the first term of Year 10. During the rest of Year 10 the students will cover the final unit on Algebra and Shape & Space. The students will then sit their Maths GCSE exams in June 2014 and receive a Maths GCSE grade in August 2014 at the end of Year 10. The advantage of this is that students who don’t achieve a ‘C’ will take a second-sitting of the exam in November of Year 11. Those students who have received a ‘C’ or better at the end of Year 10 will then continue to study the GCSE course and embed their understanding, before taking a second-sitting in the summer of Year 11 to improve the grade that they have already received.

For the most able students in Year 11 we are also able to offer a further qualification. This is currently a Level 2 Certificate in Further Maths, which if achieved will count as an extra GCSE. The course contains much of the higher grade GCSE content, along with some basic calculus and matrices. It is therefore an ideal course for any student who may be considering taking A-Level Maths.

It is essential that all students have their own calculator which they bring to all lessons in order to become familiar with it throughout the year. This is in addition to all the usual Mathematical equipment: pen, pencil, ruler, rubber, protractor and pair of compasses.

The majority of Year 11 students will sit the GCSE Maths exam in November 2013 and therefore receive a GCSE Maths grade in January 2014. All students will then sit the exam again at the end of Year 11 to improve the grade that they have received so far. The exception to this are those students who have already achieved an A*, the highest grade available.

The most able students will also study a further qualification throughout Year 11. This is the Level 2 Certificate in Further Maths, which if achieved will count as an extra GCSE. The course contains much of the higher grade GCSE content, along with some basic calculus and matrices. It is therefore an ideal course for any student who may be considering taking A-Level Maths and will help considerably in consolidating and embedding the higher grade GCSE topics. Any student who didn’t sit the GCSE Maths exam in November should therefore find the GCSE Maths higher grades far more accessible having studied the Level 2 Certificate first.

It is recommended that all students in Year 11 buy a revision guide & /or workbook from school if they haven’t already done so. At various points throughout the year the school will place an order, enabling students to buy these at a considerably reduced cost. They cover the complete two year course – many students will already have these from Year 9 or Year 10.

It is essential that all students have their own calculator which they bring to all lessons in order to become familiar with it throughout the year. This is in addition to all the usual Mathematical equipment: pen, pencil, ruler, rubber, protractor and pair of compasses.