Mathematics

Key Stage 3

Courses in Key Stage 3 reflect the requirements of the National Numeracy Strategy and are designed to provide all students with an enjoyable experience of mathematics that is involving and offers challenge at a level appropriate for each individual.

Emphasis is placed on traditional skills of numeracy – all students should become proficient in both written and mental methods of calculating – as well as on problem-solving strategies. A series of special ‘Thinking Maths’ lessons is used in Year 7 to develop learning skills in mathematics and the faculty has its own computer suite that is used to enhance the learning of all students.

Key Stage 4

The two-year course in Key Stage 4 leads to the GCSE examination. It covers a wide range of mathematical knowledge and skills, grouped into four areas:

Number and Algebra
Shape, Space and Measures
Data Handling
Using and applying the mathematics contained in the above areas to a range of problems.
Students have ready access to appropriate resources, including the computer suite. They complete two pieces of coursework – one being a data handling project and the other a mathematical investigation.

Post 16

The faculty has considerable experience and expertise in teaching Advanced level mathematics courses and has achieved commendable examination results over a number of years. Students are able to study Mathematics at both AS and Advanced level and a Further Mathematics course is also available. These courses encourage students to develop their understanding of mathematics and mathematical processes in a way that promotes confidence and fosters enjoyment.