Maths is a core subject studied by everyone from Year 7 to Year 11 and is also a popular A-level choice.
Maths is not only an important subject in its own right but also because of its applications in other subjects, the most notable at school level are the sciences but also in Geography, Business Studies, ICT, Psychology and DT.
The Maths department is staffed by four highly qualified, specialist Maths teachers. They will support you through your studies in lessons and also in a ‘Maths clinic’ at lunchtime. In addition, there are specific revision classes for GCSE pupils and A-level students. There will be two pieces of homework set each week to all groups at KS3 and KS4. Homework is generally due in the following day and pupils are expected to attend Maths clinic if they have any problems completing it. All classrooms are equipped with an interactive whiteboard. In studying Maths you will learn about number, algebra, ratio, proportion and rates of change, geometry and measures, probability and statistics.
To produce young people capable of dealing with numbers and logical methods in the world around them and in their other courses/careers. The skills to become confident in problem solving will be enhanced over their time here and some will enjoy this so much that they go on to do A level Maths.
Key Stage 3
The KS3 scheme of work is under review for teaching from September 2015 in light of both the changes in the KS3 curriculum and the new GCSE.
Pupils are taught in forms in Year 7. They will be assessed every half term during the Autumn and Lent terms and will have an end of year exam in the Summer term. From the start of Year 8 pupils will be set by ability into 3 sets.
At GCSE the majority of pupils currently study AQA Higher, with a small number studying Edexcel Foundation. The GCSE is undergoing significant changes for first teaching in September 2015. It is likely that the exam board we will go with for GCSE is AQA. This might change after a review of the provision by the exam boards but at this stage it is unlikely. A firm decision will be made once the sample materials produced by the exam boards have been reviewed by Ofqual.
Mathematics is a popular A-level option, as it should be, because it is highly respected by employers and universities alike. There are many degrees and careers where having A-level Maths is useful such as Computer Science (including gaming), Business and Economics, Psychology, Geography, Marketing, Meteorology and Medicine to name but a few. Furthermore, it is essential in many careers such as Engineering, Science, Banking/Finance, Accountancy/Actuarial Science and Architecture.
Mathematics A-level is a six unit course. There is no coursework and all modules are equal weight, each tested in the summer term by a 1 hour 30 minutes exam. All AS students are required to take the 2 compulsory Pure Mathematics modules (C1 and C2), and one applied unit. This year, AS students are taking statistics (S1) but if anyone has any strong desire to take a different module they can discuss this with the Maths department as there are 2 classes and therefore there is scope for each class to study a different applied unit.
At A2 all students again study 2 compulsory Pure Mathematics modules (C3 and C4), and one applied unit. This year we have one group studying Mechanics (M1) and one group studying Decision Mathematics (D1). Again, if students wish to study a different applied unit they should discuss this with the Maths department as we will run the 2 most popular choices.
We also offer A-level Further Maths. This is strongly recommended for anyone wanting to do Mathematics at university and useful for courses where Maths is an important element. The Further Maths Support Programme recommends studying Further Maths in such cases. 46% of Mathematics BSc degree courses mention Further Mathematics in their entry requirements, including it in their A level offers or encouraging students to take it if possible. For those universities in the Russell Group, this proportion is 74% (March 2013). You should also consider Further Maths A-level if you are thinking of studying Engineering or Physics at University. It is also a good option for you if you enjoy and are good at Maths.
Further Maths again comprises of 6 units, 3 at AS and 3 at A2. This year students studied the compulsory Further Pure module, FP1, and 2 decision modules, D1 and D2, at AS and the compulsory Further Pure module, FP2, and a statistics and mechanics module, S2 and M2.