Numeracy underpins everything we do and forms an integral part of everyday life. In an ever changing technological world, it is our priority to equip students with the mathematical skills and knowledge they need for the world of work.

We teach the main areas of the curriculum to ability groups:

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Data Handling
  • Shape, Space and Measure

There are many links between these because mathematics is not a set of isolated topics but an interconnected web of ideas. We also teach how to think mathematically by encouraging pupils to be independent learners by developing their problem solving skills. Functional skills are built into the topic areas and help reinforce the connection between mathematics and every day life.

Students are set for their GCSE according to ability. Initially this is based on their assessments at the end of Year 9. Students are taught in ability groups and all students will take their final exams at the end of Year 11.

For the duration of the course students are expected to have the following basic equipment:

  • Scientific calculator
  • Black biro pens
  • Ruler
  • Eraser
  • Pencil and pencil sharpener
  • Protractor

Beyond the classroom – the department volunteers to run

UK Maths Challenge – Aimed at Gifted and Talented students, this challenge gives students the opportunity to compete against students from other schools around the country, with the possibility of competing nationally and internationally.

Puzzle Club – a variety of puzzle games run by Maths staff, with opportunities for competitions. Examples are chess, connect 4 and Sudoku challenges)

UK team Maths challenge – A maximum of 4 students compete against teams from other local schools, with the opportunity to advance to national finals.

Cipher Challenge – Teams or individuals of students compete against other students across the school in weekly code breaking tasks.

Jaguar cars “Maths in Motion” project – Students prepare a car for a Grand Prix.