Maths

Maths

The Maths Faculty is staffed by a large team of experienced and committed teachers based in the Edinburgh Wing.  We aim to foster a stimulating, safe and happy environment in which pupils and staff alike can achieve their full academic, personal and professional potential.  With large spacious classrooms across three floors and two dedicated teaching assistants, we promote enjoyment and success in Maths through active lessons rich in variety and personalisation.  Pupils have their confidence encouraged and their complacency challenged in order to maximise potential.  It is our expectation that pupils will leave the College with a high level of numeracy and the skills to equip them for the mathematical challenges they will meet in their future lives and careers.

The KS3 and GCSE curriculum is designed to ensure that all pupils:

  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, so that they develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge.
  • Can reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships, and developing an argument or proof using mathematical language.
  • Are able to solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication.

Pupils start their GCSE course in the spring term of year 9.  The curriculum has changed significantly with the introduction of the 9-1 specification.  With more content to teach and harder topics to introduce, we are actively developing materials to support pupils fully.

We offer a comprehensive enrichment programme of clubs and trips.  In Key Stage 3, we run a weekly maths challenge club giving pupils an experience of problem solving in Mathematics.  In Key Stage 4, pupils get a chance to visit Bletchley Park to experience the mathematical code breaking that took place during the Second World War.  Pupils across all year groups are given the opportunity to compete in the UKMT Maths Challenges.  These are lively, intriguing multiple choice question papers, designed to stimulate interest in maths.  Pupils frequently achieve Bronze, Silver or even Gold Awards.  For pupils considering Maths post GCSE, we offer A Level taster sessions at lunchtime in the summer term of year 10.  As a department we aim to inspire young people to think about careers in maths related areas.

Year 10 Information Evening Maths 2016

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