Head of Department
Mr T Spillane
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 7-9
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 and 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 10-11 GCSE
Students are prepared for the new GCSE Edexcel 9-1 Mathematics Syllabus although current Y11 students will complete the GCSE Edexcel Linear Syllabus A. Most, if not all, students are entered for the Higher Tier syllabus, although decisions about level of entry are not finalised until January of Year 11.
Key Stage 5: AS and A level
Students are prepared for the Edexcel Mathematics units. Students usually study Decision and Statistics alongside the compulsory pure units, however Mechanics is also available. AS and A level Further Mathematics are available to extend gifted and talented students.