The Mathematics team is a forward thinking faculty who use a wide range of resources and methods to help develop individuals’ learning skills and not simply subject knowledge. Our fundamental aim as a Maths Department is to ensure our students have the skills and confidence to apply their mathematical knowledge to new situations.
Our exam results are consistently above national average, yet as a department we continually consider how we can improve further. We make good use of technology, using interactive whiteboards to enhance teaching, and using teacher iPads to further engage our students.
In Years 7 – 11, students are set in ability groups. We recognise that all students develop at different rates and we regularly review these ability groups.
Students are regularly assessed and receive personalised feedback on how they can improve. This continual dialogue creates a culture for learning and develops self-motivated, confident students.
Our students are positive and have high aspirations. They are fully supported throughout their course with excellent resources, targeted teaching and opportunities to attend extra support sessions. Good teaching and learning is at the core of what we do.
Our students are positive, independent and engaged. We are proud of their achievements in Maths.
Students in Years 7 & 8 follow a programme of study that follows the guidelines set out by the National Curriculum. Most students access the core of each topic with extension activities provided for the most able and support work provided for the less able. We also run a Breakfast Numeracy Club at Key Stage 3.
In Year 9 we start the GCSE curriculum. Currently our students are entered with Edexcel for GCSE Maths. Our most able students also follow the AQA Level 2 Further Maths course which helps with the transition between KS4 and KS5.
Maths is a very popular option at Key Stage 5; we currently have over 200 students taking Maths in Years 12 & 13. As well as A level Maths and Further Maths we also offer the opportunity to resit GCSE Maths in the Sixth Form.
Our students have the opportunity too enter the SUMDOG West Sussex Maths competition and the national UK maths challenge. We also celebrate international Pi Day on the 14th March every year with a competition to see who can remember the most digits of Pi with winners remembering over 400 digits!
We expect our students to come to every Maths lesson with the correct equipment. This includes a geometry set and a scientific calculator. These can be bought from the Maths Office at breaktimes. We also recommend that students purchase a CGP revision guide to support home learning.
We have subscriptions with the following sites which have useful links and worksheets to support students with their learning: