The National Curriculum in mathematics operates throughout the school. On entry to the school, pupils in Year 7 are taught in mixed ability forms for the first month. In October a limited form of setting takes place, with an upper and lower group based on ability in Mathematics. These sets will operate until the end of Year 7. At the beginning of Year 8, pupils are set into five groups in each half-year. All courses lead to National Curriculum KS4 GCSE examinations. Pupils will be entered for two GCSEs – GCSE Mathematics, GCSE Mathematics - Numeracy. There are three tiers for GCSE. The grades available at each tier are as follows:
HIGHER TIER GRADES A*, A, B, C.
INTERMEDIATE TIER GRADES B, C, D, E
FOUNDATION TIER GRADES D, E, F, G.
It should be noted that the Higher Tier is aimed at pupils who are capable in mathematics and includes some work of a demanding nature. Those pupils in accelerated sets will be considered for early entry at GCSE. They will then embark on an additional mathematics qualification for the remainder of Year 11.
A lunchtime maths fun club is available for pupils in year 7 and a maths clinic is also available for all year groups to discuss any difficulties they have. A numeracy catch up intervention programme is available to pupils in years 7, 8 and 9 who need some extra small group support. Additional support is provided through a Successmaker programme as well as a paired maths buddy scheme linking year 7 and 8 pupils with year 10 and 11 pupils. Pupils who are gifted in mathematics are encouraged to enter National Mathematics Challenges. Pupils who experience more severe difficulties are taught in small groups and will follow a course leading to the Foundation Tier at GCSE.