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GCSE Maths

“The only way to learn mathematics is to do mathematics.” – Paul Halmos

Our qualification aims and objectives are to enable students to:

  • Develop fluent knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts
  • Acquire, select and apply mathematical techniques to solve problems
  • Reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences, and draw conclusions
  • Comprehend, interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context.

Based on students covering differing elements of the curriculum in their previous schools, a flexible approach has beenadopted towards the order of topics taught and also the length of time allocated to each topic.

Key Stage 3

Year 9 students will have a bespoke programme linked closely to the GCSE specification based on the schools mixed year groupings. Work is differentiated and is focused on ensuring they secure key mathematical skills, knowledge and understanding.

Key Stage 4

Our Year 10/11 students currently follows the Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9–1) in Mathematics Specification (1MA1) which allows each student to achieve a graded 9-1 GCSE in Mathematics.

GCSE Mathematics curriculum content and assessment covers:

Number
Algebra
Ratio, proportion and rates
Geometry and Measures
Probability
Statistics

The scheme of work is specifically designed and delivered with a degree of flexibility due to the nature of consistent new starters throughout the academic year. The majority of our students complete the Foundation Tier programme which enables them to achieve a Grade 1-5.

The curriculum is externally assessed in the summer term and involves three equally-weighted written examination papers with 80 marks on each paper, each contributing to 33.3% of the final grade. Each student is permitted to take assessments in either the Foundation tier or Higher tier.

Our Sixth form Mathematics curriculum currently follows the Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9–1) in Mathematics Specification (1MA1) which allows each student to achieve a graded 9-1 GCSE in Mathematics. The scheme of work is specifically designed for a post-16 one-year revision course based on the assumption that candidates have already completed a full GCSE Mathematics course of study and are re-sitting the qualification.

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