At Key Stage 3, students are taught using Mathematics Mastery.

The key principles of the approach are success for all, problem solving, mathematical language, deeper understanding, mathematical thinking and multiple representations.

Further details can be found on the Mathematics Mastery website:

https://www.mathematicsmastery.org/secondary-programme-teacher-training-classroom-resources

We currently use the AQA examination board for GCSE Mathematics.  Students are examined at the end of Year 10 using  the new AQA Linear Paper (8300).  Students attaining a grade 8 or 9 at the end of Year 10 will then study the GCSE Further Mathematics qualification provided by AQA to better prepare them for A-level Mathematics.  Re-sit opportunities in Year 11 are utilised before all students are examined again at the end of Year 11.  Specifications can be directly accessed here:

AQA GCSE Mathematics (8300):

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/mathematics/gcse/mathematics-8300

AQA GCSE in Further Mathematics:

http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/subjects/AQA-8360-W-SP.PDF

Edexcel GCE in Mathematics (9MA0)

Edexcel GCE in Further Mathematics (9FM0)

A-level mathematics is assessed at the end of a two year course.  Two thirds of the course relates to Pure Mathematics (Proof, Algebra and functions, Coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane, Sequences and series, Trigonometry, Exponentials and logarithms, Differentiation, Integration, Numerical methods, Vectors), with one third covering Statistics and Mechanics (Statistical sampling, Data presentation and interpretation, Probability, Statistical distributions, Statistical hypothesis testing, Quantities and units in mechanics, Kinematics, Forces and Newton’s laws, Moments).

A-level Further Mathematics is also assessed at the end of a two year course. One half of the course relates to Core Pure Mathematics (Proof, Complex numbers, Matrices, Further algebra and functions, Further calculus, Further vectors, Polar coordinates, Hyperbolic functions, Differential equations) and the other half is Decision Mathematics (Algorithms and Graph Theory, Critical Path Analysis, Linear Programming, Transportation Problems, Allocation Problems, Flows in Networks, Dynamic Programming, Game Theory, Recurrence Relations, Decision Analysis).

An AS assessment takes place at the end of Year12 and covers half of the content from each course.

The specifications can be directly accessed here:

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/mathematics-2017.coursematerials.html#filterQuery=category:Pearson-UK:Category%2FSpecification-and-sample-assessments

More Able Students in Maths

Gifted and talented students in Years 7-13 are entered in for the UKMT Mathematics Challenge at junior, intermediate and senior level. They compete with the most gifted Mathematicians from around the country.  Our most able Year 10 students also compete in a ‘Maths Feast’ competition against other talented Mathematicians in the region. A team of Year 12 and 13 students take part in the UKMT Team Challenge each year.

  • We run trips to universities and roadshows, occasionally have lecturers from local universities in school to teach some of the most able students.
  • Our most able students work with students in an intervention capacity.
  • Year 11  set 1 students have taken part in a problem solving activity in Liverpool  ( Breakout ).

In addition to GCSE Mathematics our Gifted Year 11 students are entered for the FSMQ in Further Mathematics as an extra qualification