Mathematics

This close and forward looking Department consists of 15 specialists who teach most of the maths in the school in a suite of twelve classrooms that are all equipped with interactive whiteboards. The Department regularly shares good practice and works together to find new and innovative approaches in the teaching of maths, including developing our skills with ICT. We use a variety of software on both iPods and personal computers to assist students in learning and practicing their maths skills.

The Department offers many opportunities for students to extend their maths skills beyond the normal mathematical curriculum. These include entering approximately 300 students for the Junior, Intermediate and Senior Mathematics Challenges and entering students for the Mathematics Team Challenge. There is a Maths Club for Year 7 & 8 pupils and intervention sessions for weaker pupils in Years 7 & 8, using Year 9 & 10 pupils as mentors.

The members of the Department form a strong team who are very supportive of each other. We have high expectations of our students, who in the main are highly motivated and able, and who strive to produce an excellent standard of work.

Students are split into half year blocks with five or six sets on each side where students are placed according to ability and progress and moved as necessary, usually following key assessment and exams.

Results for 2017 are detailed below:

Key Stage 3

GCSE

A Level

A Level Further Maths

79% Arden Grade 4 or above

26% Arden Grade 6 or above

35% Grade 7+

72% Grade 5+

88% Grade 4+

75% A*-C grade

100% A*-C

Key Stage 3

In 2017, 79% of our students achieved an Arden Grade 4 or above and 26% achieved an Arden Grade 6 or above at the end...

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Key Stage 4

The Mathematics Department is highly supportive of all our students, as such we currently offer several GCSE course options throughout Key Stage 4, in order...

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Key Stage 5

Since September 2006 we have offered post-16 teaching and are following the AQA courses for both Mathematics and Further Mathematics.

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Mathematical Challenges

Here are some problems and puzzles for pupils (Year 7, Year 8, Year 9) to provide you with a mathematical challenge:

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