Mathematics GCSE

In Year 9, pupils begin working towards their GCSE at the end of Year 11. There is a big focus on making sure all the fundamental numeracy and algebraic skills are in place and that the pupils continue to develop their problem solving skills. The groups are setted for instruction, but this is fluid, as we seek to put students in best place for their learning.

In Years 10 and 11, the focus is specifically on the GCSE and we follow the Edexcel Board. The current 9-1 syllabus ends with pupils taking two calculator and one non-calculator paper at the end of Year 11, covering a wide range of topics. There is a much bigger focus on tackling questions set in a ‘real-life’ context. The majority of pupils will sit the Higher Tier papers, with weaker students having the chance to sit the Foundation Tier. The top groups in Years 9, 10 and 11 accelerate and they have the chance to either gain additional GCSE qualifications or simply to broaden their mathematical knowledge, providing them with an insight into the mathematics they may encounter at A-level.

Students wishing to continue with Mathematics as an A Level must have good subject knowledge and a passion for the subject. The step-up from GCSE to A Level is significant and pupils must be willing to work hard to improve.

Henry Roffe-SilvesterPeter Gordon

GCSE group