In Years 7 and 8 students continue to build upon the main four areas studied at Key Stage 2 in their primary schools. These are Numbers, Algebra, Geometry and Data Handling. Students begin to apply their mathematical knowledge to a range of contexts. In Years 9-11 students study the GCSE course, further developing their knowledge. The majority of students will follow the Higher Tier work, expecting them to interpret and analyse problems and generate strategies to solve them. At ‘A’ Level, students not only further develop their algebraic and geometrical skills, but also study Statistics and Decision Maths. The most able students have the option to study ‘A’ Level Further Maths which allows students to study mathematical principles in considerable depth.
Grouping & Setting
In Year 7 students are taught in mixed ability sets until the end of the first half term. Students are then placed in sets based on their ability and this continues throughout Years 8-11. Decisions about setting are made regularly to maximise the performance of all students.
Students are assessed at the end of each topic and informed of the areas upon which they need to improve. At the end of each academic year, they either take an internal or external examination.
The faculty organises a range of clubs, including a Chess and Logic Club and a Gifted and Talented Club. Students participate in the UK Maths Challenge at Junior, Intermediate and Senior level. ‘Aftermath’ activities stretch the most able mathematicians.