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Maths

Teachers

Mrs McGreer is the Head of Mathematics and is also a Senior Teacher.

Mr Sweeney joined the department in 2005 and is a Senior Teacher.

Mrs Shannon joined the department in 2013. She also helps out with the college choir.

Mr Mitchell   joined the department in 2015 and also teaches science.

The effective leadership of the head of department and her commitment to the continued improvement of the mathematics provision

Hard-working teachers of mathematics who work effectively as a team;

Excellent working relationships … support and encourage the pupils

– ETI Inspection Report – Jan 2010

Subject Information

Key Stage 3

We embrace the Revised Curriculum using a range of teaching methods. These include active learning and a variety of ICT methods. Students are assigned a level at the end of Year 10 based on the Key Stage 3 ‘CCEA Using Mathematics’ tasks.

Key Stage 4

All students sit examinations in CCEA over their two year period in senior school.

The content of each GCSE Mathematics unit relates to:

  • Number and Algebra;
  • Geometry and Measures; and
  • Statistics and Probability.

The units all provide opportunities for students to develop and apply their mathematical skills to real-life contexts.

The six available units are:

  • Unit T1: Foundation Tier
  • Unit T2: Foundation Tier
  • Unit T5: Foundation Tier Completion Test
  • Unit T3: Higher Tier
  • Unit T4: Higher Tier
  • Unit T6: Higher Tier Completion Test. 

Foundation Tier

Grades C-G can be achieved by sitting a combination of the following modules:

 Assessment Components Percentage Assessment Weighting
Test T1 or Test T2 45%
Completion Test T5 55%

Higher Tier

Grades A*- D can be achieved by sitting a combination of the following modules:

 Assessment Components Percentage Assessment Weighting
Test T3 or Test T4 45%
Completion Test T6 55%

Links

http://www.ccea.org.uk/mathematics/

Entry Level Mathematics

Entry Level Mathematics allows students to develop an understanding of how mathematics is relevant to everyday life. Through studying Entry Level Mathematics, students develop:

  • a positive attitude to mathematics;
  • an ability to think mathematically – precisely, logically and creatively;
  • knowledge and understanding of basic mathematical ideas;
  • skills for using and applying mathematical ideas in real-life situations;
  • confidence in their ability to carry out mathematical tasks;
  • an ability to use mathematics across the curriculum;
  • the ability to use computers and calculators as mathematical tools; and
  • the ability to work both independently and co-operatively.

Entry Level Mathematics can lead to higher level qualifications such as GCSE, GNVQ Foundation and NVQ Level 1.

In preparation for exams, mornings/afternoons are organised in the run up to the exam, for intensive exam revision.

Sixth Form

We are now pleased to offer A-Level Mathematics. We study the following modules:

Lower 6th

  • Core 1
  • Core 2
  • Statistics

Upper 6th

  • Core 3
  • Core 4
  • Mechanics

Other

We participate in a range of Mathematical competitions and events throughout the year including UKMT Mathematics Challenge and Fun Maths Roadshow.