"The quality of much teaching in a wide range of subjects, including English and mathematics, is consistently good, and sometimes outstanding." (Ofsted July 2013)
As a maths specialism school we enrich the maths curriculum with a weekly maths puzzle and ensure that lessons relate to crucial real life topics such as money management. Motivational outside agencies are invited to lead hands-on maths days which develop systematic thinking and team work. Our Gifted & Talented Students are further extended with the National Maths Challenge. Learning is enhanced through the use of websites such as mymaths, Sumdog and I am learning.
Students experience mathematics through a mixture of formal whole class instruction as well as individual and small group learning experiences. Homework is set once a week for Key Stage 3 and twice a week for Key Stage 4. A variety of tasks are set using varied resources such as internet based learning on mymaths, worksheets, exercises from books and research tasks. We ask parents/carers to support us in ensuring that homework is completed to a high standard.
Students are grouped in sets according to their ability in mathematics. Set changes occur in response to student progress in class, the feedback gained from completed homework and data generated from internal assessments.
Students follow the National Curriculum and finish Key Stage 3 at the end of Year 8. Students then embark on their maths GCSE with its emphasis on application and problem solving skills. Some Y11 students will also sit the AQA Level 2 Certificate in Further Mathematics which provides students with an excellent grounding in some of the A level topics.
Key Stage 3
Students have 8 one hour lessons per fortnight and cover a range of topics which include Number, Algebra, Data Handling and Shape and Space. Text books are provided to match the curriculum needs. Extensive use is made of the tiered Explore Maths series and Essential Maths, as well as Kerboodle.
Key Stage 4
Students in years 9 and 10 have 9 one hour lessons per fortnight and this is increased to 10 one hour lessons in year 11 . Most students will follow the GCSE linear course with AQA and some with OCR . Our main text books are those of CGP, although we supplement these with resources from Nelson Thorne, OUP and other publishers.
Our results speak for themselves. Student achievements are above national average for all measures and our goal is to maximise the life chances of each student by ensuring that each lesson counts.
We have a maths team consisting of ten teachers and a one-to-one teacher. All students are closely monitored and an individualised intervention programme ensures that every student knows what is needed in order to be mathematically successful. Those struggling to reach their potential often qualify for additional one-to-one support which enables many to get back on track. We have a suite of 32 PC’s dedicated for use within the department and all classes are well resourced with interactive whiteboards.