Mathematics is taught in ability sets in all years. The subject is popular with students at all levels of ability and the department has produced some very impressive results in public examinations.
Key Stage 3: Years 7-8
Pupils follow all aspects of the National Curriculum covering number, ratio, algebra, geometry and measures as well as statistics. A variety of texts and ICT equipment are used and lessons include a healthy balance of whole class teaching, group work and independent learning. There is always a busy working atmosphere with lots of interaction, support, and a strong emphasis on enjoyment and building confidence. Pupils are encouraged to participate actively in lessons by explaining their methods or justifying their answers. Problem solving and puzzles are an increasing feature of our work as well as challenging mental arithmetic skills by playing games such as Countdown and testing logic with Sudoku style puzzles.
Key Stage 4: Years 9-11 GCSE
Students are prepared for the new GCSE Edexcel 9-1 Mathematics syllabus. Most, if not all, students are initially taught the higher tier syllabus, although decisions about level of entry are not finalised until January of Year 11. Lessons are tailored to suit the differentiated groups and designed to develop problem solving skills.
Key Stage 5: AS and A level
Students are prepared for the Edexcel Mathematics AS and A level qualifications. All aspects of the course are compulsory. It consists of pure mathematics, statistics and mechanics. AS and A level Further Mathematics are available to extend gifted and talented students; the pathway of their units as tailored to their interests and career aspirations.
Many students are entered for the UK Mathematics Trust Challenges at Junior, Intermediate and Senior levels. In the last two years, the school has had representatives in the Kangaroo round of the competitions. Well done to all the students who achieved bronze, silver and gold certificates this year.
In the past, students have also been working in cooperation with Warwick University in their Saturday morning extension mathematics sessions and attended enrichment days at the university.
Students also have many opportunities to participate in individual and team competition events that run throughout the year, such as the Year 8 and Year 9 UKMT team challenge or the Year 10 Maths Feast.