Maths and Computing

 

 

Teaching and Learning

 

Mathematics is regarded as a vital subject by employers and further education institutions.  Many mathematical techniques are needed in other subject areas both at GCSE and beyond. Students will be well prepared for further study in Mathematics if that is their intention.

  • All students study Mathematics from Year 7 to 11. 

  • The Key Stage Three course combines traditional Mathematics with a more functional type of Mathematics, dealing with real world problems and investigations. 

  • In Key Stage Four, students follow the GCSE Edexcel Linear Course, with three examinations at the end of Year 11.This may be at the Higher tier (grades 9 to 4) or the Foundation tier (grades 5 to 1). 

  • All students have ‘MyMaths’ logins, allowing them to access a vast amount of revision materials, mathematical games and online tasks at home or school. 

  • Computing is studied by all students at Key Stage 3 in specialist rooms.

  • Key Stage 4 students may opt for GCSE Computer Science or a Functional Skills ICT course.

     

     Resources

  • The Mathematics rooms are serviced by a department office and work room. 

  • The department makes intensive use of ‘clever touch’ screens at both Key Stage Three and Four. 

  • Full use is made of available technology such as electronic textbooks, revision lessons that can be viewed at home, and online homeworks providing instant feedback.

  • A trolley of 16 laptops is available for use in lessons and at lunchtimes. 

  • A Higher Level Teaching Assistant is dedicated to the Mathematics department.

     

    Extra-curricular activities

  • Mathematics and Computing staff are always available to provide additional help outside lesson time if needed.

  • Revision classes are provided in the build up to key examinations.

  • Gifted and talented Mathematicians are entered in the UK Intermediate and Junior Mathematics Challenges achieving excellent results.

     

    Achievements 

  • GCSE Mathematics results are well above the national average. Over 1 in 4 achieve grade 7 or above, and 82% of students achieved 4 or above (a standard pass or better) in 2017.

  • Top set students at GCSE also take the AQA Level 2 Certificate in Further Mathematics, an excellent preparation for A Level.

  • Many students go on to study Mathematics to A Level and beyond.