Mathematics

The Mathematics Department is staffed by a dedicated team of well-qualified and specialist teachers, led by a management team under the overall direction of the Head of Department, Mr T Beedell. The Head of Department has overall responsibility for all key stages and for the vision and ethos of the department, for curriculum development and staff development needs.
Other co-ordinators in the department take responsibility for Key Stage 3, 4 and 5. In particular Mrs N. Howard is in charge of Key Stage 5, Mrs E. Cole is in charge of Key Stage 4 and Miss H King is in charge of Key Stage 3.

Setting
All students are taught in mixed ability classes in Year 7 until October half term, when they are set according to ability in line with school policy. Students then continue to be set in Years 8, 9, 10 and 11. Setting arrangements are fluid and any necessary set changes are identified on a termly basis, based on regular testing and internal assessments.

Extra-Curricular Activities
The more able mathematicians in each year group enter the UK Maths Challenge each year. We also enter various team challenges and have reached the finals of National Competitions on several occasions.

Maths Clinic runs each week on a Monday from 3.30 until 4.30. This is staffed voluntarily by our own Mathematics teachers. Students from all year groups are welcome to attend. Students should come with problems, homework or areas where they are in need of additional help. Students are expected to stay until 4.30 unless they have a written note from parents to say that they can leave early.

Extra Revision Resources
All students in years 7 – 11 have an account with the website Mathswatch. This allows them to watch short instructional videos covering all topics from the GCSE course. The website also provides interactive questions and worksheets for all topics. Teachers may set these activities as homework and pupils can also use them independently for revision purposes. Pupils should see their Mathematics teacher if they are unsure of their Mathswatch login details.

Assessment
All students are regularly assessed through unit tests in class. Each student will be given a 9-1 GCSE grade for every assessment.
All students in years 7 – 11 follow the Edexcel GCSE 9 – 1 syllabus. Final decisions on whether students are entered for the Foundation or Higher tier are made on an individual basis towards the end of year 11.

Equipment
Each student is expected to bring the following to every lesson: exercise book, text book, black/blue pens, green pen, pencil, ruler, scientific calculator. The recommended calculator is the fx-83GT PLUS (CASIO). Students should also have a protractor and compasses to bring in if the teacher asks them to.