The Mathematics Department is staffed by ten subject specialist teachers supported by two subject specialist HLTAs. Each classroom has interactive whiteboard facilities and lessons feature the use of a range of resources to engage students.
In Key Stage 3, students are taught in ability based sets on joining in Year 7. The syllabus is based on a combination of the new National Curriculum and the Edexcel 9-1 GCSE five-year Scheme of Work. Each unit that we teach is supported by a range of learning materials designed to promote confidence in Mathematics, by encouraging students to visualise concepts, discuss their understanding and reflect on their learning. Depending on whether students master the topic or not they have the opportunity to revisit key concepts, explained in a different way and at a slower pace or they can choose to extend their learning by increasing the breadth and depth of their understanding. Students are regularly assessed with detailed feedback/guidance provided on how they can further improve their learning. Should the need arise, movement between sets occurs in response to the needs of the students and intervention strategies are used where students are clearly not meeting their targets.
We have a five year Scheme of Work in place, following the route of a two year KS3 and three year GCSE providing a seamless progression to GCSE. As a reference, our students study the Edexcel (9-1) Mathematics Syllabus and we have all appropriate resources available for this course. In lessons we focus on building students’ fluency and proficiency in mathematics, problem solving and reasoning.
At Key Stage 4 we also offer GCSE Statistics and the Level 2 Further Mathematics qualification. These extra qualifications are aimed at our higher ability students who interested in extending and developing their knowledge and are of benefit to students in preparing them for the A-Level qualification.
Mathematics is a popular A-Level choice in the Sixth form and we follow the Pearson Edexcel Linear scheme with some of our students also taking up option to study the Further Mathematics A-Level qualification.
We support learning with the use a wide range of resources and every student has access to MathsWatch to encourage and develop their independent learning. Students are set homework regularly, the purpose of which could be for prior learning, consolidation, extension or enrichment purposes.
There is a weekly drop-in mathematics tutor session, where any student may come for help with homework or areas of difficulty. The first week in December sees our annual ‘Maths Week’ where students are provided with a variety of challenges and opportunities to experience mathematics outside of the normal curriculum, such a code breaking and the paper plane challenge. Each year our gifted and talented students are entered for the National Mathematics Challenge at junior, intermediate and senior levels. In Year 10, following a successful application process, a limited number of our A,G&T attend the Kings College London Mathematics School (KCLMS) Summer School. Students are also encouraged to apply for a place on KCLMS GCSE enrichment programme. In Year 11 our students are encouraged to apply for places on the KCLMS GCSE enrichment programme as well as the KCLMS SEVEN+ 3 day maths master classes. Our A-level students are encouraged to attend extra-curricular lectures.