Mathematics


Purpose

Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected problem solving discipline developed over centuries. Through history, mathematics has been essential for solving some of the most intriguing problems and today it is just as necessary for everyday life. Although we now have technological advances to solve many difficult calculations, these are a direct result of mathematical knowledge; the need for mathematical thinking in science, technology and engineering, continues to demonstrate its power and importance. The mathematics curriculum provides a foundation for understanding and develops reasoning ability, whilst also developing enjoyment and curiosity for the subject.

Aims

We aim to develop students’ understanding of key mathematical concepts and processes to enable students to solve problems using a variety of techniques and skills. This requires students to be fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics and to reason mathematically. This happens through repeated practise to increase fluency and mastery, application of skills to familiar and unfamiliar contexts, learning of formulae, application to calculations, analysis and interpretation of mathematical information, as well as contextualising and applying appropriate elements to situations within which students are familiar.

Areas of Study

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Ratio, Proportion and Rates of Change
  • Geometry and measures: learn and apply formulae solve problems.
  • Probability
  • Statistics

Years 7 - 11 – from years 7 to 11 we follow a single programme of study leading to a GCSE in mathematics.

Years 7 - 8 - our curriculum is designed to equip students with the mathematical knowledge and skill to successfully embark on their GCSE course in Year 9. It covers the full mathematical spectrum of Number, Ratio, Algebra, Geometry, Statistics and Probability required for their GCSE. We help the students achieve mastery in the use of this knowledge by emphasising the importance of using mathematical reasoning when solving problems in many different contexts.

Years 9 - 11 - our curriculum continues to build towards GCSE mathematics. The syllabus we follow is Edexcel with students either following the foundation or higher specification.

View our Curriculum Roadmap

  • The foundation course, grade 1-5

    The foundation course covers a range of topics in Number, Algebra, Shape and Data handling. It emphasises students’ ability to reason with and use these skills in unfamiliar contexts in order for them to be able to apply them to real life problems.

  • The higher course, grades 4-9

    The higher course takes these topics further so students can tackle more complex and mathematically abstract problems, as well as giving them the basis they need to use Mathematics beyond GCSE.


The final qualification consists of three written examination papers:

  • Paper 1 is a non-calculator assessment. A calculator is allowed for Paper 2 and Paper 3.
  • Each paper is 1 hour and 30 minutes long.

Note: The new GCSE syllabus is far more demanding than in previous years. To help you understand some of the changes to mathematics please see the Edexcel website and ‘The guide to Edexcel GCSE Mathematics (9-1)