The Mathematics Department
The Mathematics Department is an extremely successful department which focuses on high achievement for all students as demonstrated by our outstanding Progress 8 element score this year of 0.61.
Throughout their time at the academy students develop their knowledge and understanding of particular topics in the areas of algebra, number, ratio & proportion, geometry & measures, statistics and probability. They also develop skills which will allow them to be successful at problem solving not just in mathematics but in their other subjects and wider life too. We aim for all of our learners to develop an enjoyment of mathematics whatever level they are working at and our students tell us that we succeed with this.
To ensure that they make the best possible progress students need to have the correct equipment in all mathematics lessons. It is particularly important that students have their own calculator with them so that they become familiar with the way in which it works and can use it efficiently. We recommend the Casio fx-83GT Plus.
Our current Y11 will be the first students to sit the new GCSE Mathematics graded from 1 to 9. This GCSE has new content compared to the old style GCSE and a significant change in the style of questioning. It is really important that parents who are supporting their children know this and ensure that any revision materials purchased are for the new style GCSE. We have chosen to enter our students for the AQA specification.
Whilst we do what we can to maximise students’ progress whilst they are in school, we value the support of parents/carers which can be given in the following ways:
- Ensure that your child spends time completing their independent learning tasks (ILTs) to the best of their ability;
- Encourage your child to use www.mymaths.co.uk , not just when ILTs are set but also to reinforce their learning of particular topics (login details for this website are given to students by their mathematics teacher)
- Contact your child’s mathematics teacher immediately if you have any concerns about your child’s learning of mathematics
Mrs E Howe – Head of Mathematics
Miss L Collins
Miss J Edwards
Miss E Leigh
Miss A Mach
Mrs L Thirsk