Math

Mathematics is an essential subject which helps students develop a set of transferable skills.

These include the skill of working with mathematical information, as well as the ability to think logically and independently, consider accuracy, model situations mathematically, analyse results and reflect on findings.

Learners can apply these skills across a wide range of subjects and these skills equip them well for progression to higher education or directly into employment.

 

In KS3 students study...

Students study according to the Cambridge curriculum framework which explores six content areas: number, algebra, geometry, measure, handling data and problem solving. In order to measure how well students have mastered the learning outcomes they are formally assessed six times across the school year.

At the end of Year 9 students sit the secondary Checkpoint examination which is marked in Cambridge and is designed to assess our learners’ performance against international benchmarks.

The KS3 Cambridge curriculum framework provides a solid foundation on which the later stages of education can be built.

 

At KS4 students learn...

Students follow the Cambridge IGCSE syllabus specification 0580. It is a 2 year course which extensively covers: number, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, matrices, probability and statistics.

The two pathways available for students on the course are the Extended  and Core tiers. Majority of our learners follow the Extended pathway.

All students sit the Cambridge IGCSE mathematics examination at the end of Year 11. The papers are externally marked and graded.

The department also offers fast track opportunities for very able students in mathematics to start their IGCSE course in Y9 and sit their examinations in Y10.

Students in KS3 who have developed a high level of mastery in mathematics have the opportunity to take up additional mathematics course as an optional subject in Year 10.

 

Our Sixth Form offers..

The International Edexcel AS/A Level course for students who have demonstrated a flair for mathematics in KS4. The course provides an opportunity  for students to deepen their understanding of mathematical principles and equip them with a solid foundation for further study.

Students can gain the AS in mathematics by taking a compulsory pure mathematics module (C12) and either a statistics(S1) or mechanics(M1) module. After the AS year, students will then go on to gain an A Level in mathematics by taking  take four modules namely C12, C34 , S1 and M1. 

The AS and A Level examinations are taken at the end of Year 12 and Year 13 respectively. The examination papers are marked and graded in the UK.

Very able students who enjoy mathematics have an opportunity to gain two A Levels. The first is the A level in mathematics which can be gained Year 12 and the second is the A level in further mathematics for Year 13. Students who have gained both qualifications are highly sought after for mathematical and scientific courses by Universities in the UK.

 

Beyond the classroom the department...

The department has a homework policy in place which promotes independent study as a vital part of the learning process in mathematics. Homework is set every week and it gives students the chance to practise skills learnt in class and to help them develop a secure understanding of learned outcomes.