At Key Stage 3, the Mathematics curriculum builds upon the work started at Key Stage 2 in the primary schools. In Year 7 students study a range of mathematical topics and also complete case studies which focus on students’ functional skills, as well as the fundamental topics such as number & algebra, shape & space and data handling.
During Year 8 students continue with fundamental Mathematics topics such as Number and Algebra. As well as continuing to develop their functional skills. During Year 9 pupils begin their key stage four studies leading to their GCSE qualifications (Edexcel). The most able will take their GCSE one year earlier in Year 10 and then start GCSE Statistics in year 11, the purpose of which is to maximise their performance.
Some students may conclude their Mathematics GCSE’s earlier in Year 11 and take an additional GCSE in statistics. At Post-16, students can choose to study A-Level Mathematics at A-level (Edexcel) Within this students would need to cover six modules: Core 1-4 which focuses on developing in more detail the fundamental areas of mathematics such as Shape, Algebra and Statistics where they learn in-depth approaches to gathering, handling and processing data and finally Decision maths where they learn about graph theory, using and applying algorithms.
Grouping & Setting
In Year 7 students are taught in mixed ability sets until the end of the first year. Students are then put into sets based on ability and this continues throughout Years 8 to 11. Decisions about setting are made regularly top maximise the performance of all pupils. Assessment marks will be used to determine the set. Where a set changes during the school year we will write to you to inform you of the change.