GCSE Maths

The course is divided into six broad topics areas over the two years: Number, Algebra, Ratio and Proportion and Rates of Change, Geometry and Measures, Probability and Statistics.

Two tiers of entry exist: Foundation and Higher. Foundation spans grades 1-5 and focuses more on Number and Ratio. Higher spans grades 4-9 and has an increased focus on Algebra.

During the course it is our aim to provide work suitable to the interests and abilities of every student. Some of the most able students are offered the opportunity to self study the Further Maths curriculum, which can lead to an additional qualification and provides an excellent foundation for study in maths beyond GCSE. A small number of pupils may not follow the GCSE course and would work toward a Certificate of Achievement in mathematics.

Assessment:

The bulk of pupil assessment takes place through homework and classwork. At key points, exam style assessment will be employed.
Homework is monitored carefully and under achievement identified and acted upon. Homework is set on a regular basis and is seen as an opportunity for students to reinforce their classwork.
Three equally weighted papers are taken at the end of Year 11. One of these is a non-calculator paper and all are 1 hour and 30 minutes. Each paper contains a mix of question styles from short, single mark questions to multi-step problems. The difficulty varies throughout the paper.