Access Keys:




Key Stage 3

Pupils in years 8, 9 and 10 study a wide range of topics in the areas of number, algebra, shape, space, measures, handling data and processes.

Pupils experience a variety of teaching methods which include ICT, Whiteboard Maths, group work, whole class teaching, co-operative problem solving and active learning tasks and activities.

Pupils are encouraged to develop confidence and initiative during their lessons and are given opportunities to develop interest and enjoyment in this subject.

Pupils are also encouraged to use SAM learning at home to revise topics and complete set assignments.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 the majority of pupils are entered for CCEA GCSE Maths

There are 2 tiers of entry – Foundation and Higher.

Target grades are:

Foundation Tier: G, F, E, D, C

Higher Tier: D, C, B, A, A*

Every candidate has access to a grade C.

Each pupil is entered for the tier which is considered to be the best suitable for their ability. At the end of Year 11 pupils sit their first module T2, 3 or 4 which contributes to 45% of their final grade. The second and final module is examined at the end of Year 12; T5 or T6, which contributes to 55% of their final grade.  

Quality of Written Communication is assessed in both papers with particular emphasis on spelling, punctuation, grammar.

Progress and achievement is carefully monitored throughout the course and, where necessary some pupils are encouraged to change tier in order to maximize their chance of achieving their best possible grade.

For some pupils GCSE is considered too difficult. These pupils follow the Essential Skills Numeracy Entry Level 3 course. If they pass the Desktop Task (exam) they progress to Essential Skills Application of Number.

Skills Developed

In the Mathematics Department we aim to provide all pupils with the necessary mathematical skills which they will need in their everyday lives and future careers.

Pupils are given many varied opportunities to develop many other skills including; problem solving, logical reasoning, ICT, managing information, money management, working with others, self management and being creative.