Head of Department: Mrs R Brooks

Other members of staff: Mr R Ashworth, Mrs J Barnhoorn, Mrs L Edey, Mrs R Kidson, Mrs K Hall, Mrs N Howe, Mr P Sutton, Mr S Underdown (Deputy Headteacher)

Exam Board: Edexcel

What does the course consist of?

Students start the GCSE course in Year 9 and as from June 2017 students will be taking the new GCSE examinations. The new GCSE course is graded 9 – 1, where 9 is the highest.

The GCSE course builds and extends the topics covered in Key Stage 3 and includes the study of Number, Algebra, Geometry &  Measures, Statistics & Probability and Ratio & Proportion. The new GCSE has a stronger emphasis on ‘problem solving’ and therefore students are encouraged throughout the course to apply mathematics to real-life situations and develop their problem solving skills through various tasks.

Assessment and Controlled Assessment

The assessment consists of three written papers at the end of Year 11. Each paper is 1.5 hours long and all three papers are equally weighted. Paper 1 does NOT permit the use of a calculator, whereas Paper 2 and Paper 3 do permit the use of a scientific calculator. Each paper can test the whole of the syllabus and on each paper the questions get harder as the candidate progresses through the paper.

There is NO controlled assessment within Mathematics.

To help prepare students for the linear assessments at the end of the year, all classes sit formal internal assessments throughout the year as well as two examination papers (one non-calculator paper and one calculator paper) in the formal end of year exams.