The Mathematics department takes great pleasure in knowing that the majority of students enjoy our subject. We know this from the feedback we receive each year in the College student survey and because of the growth in our offer at KS5. We have our third cohort of A2 level Maths students completing this year and our second A2 Further Maths class. Both courses are recruiting for the next academic year which has been an exciting opportunity for our team and for our students. We are also offering Mathematical Studies as a Level 3 Core Maths qualification course from September 2015 which is an excellent support for students who are not studying A level Maths but need support for their study in the Sciences, Psychology and Business to name a few.
The Mathematics department has been developing good links with the local University through the work of the Further Mathematics Support Programme. Our students have participated in a number of events such as the Year 10 Maths Challenge, Senior team Maths Challenge and Maths conferences.
All students sit GCSE Maths at either foundation or higher tier. Teaching is varied, taking into account the differing learning styles but with the same core expectations. We currently use the AQA Linear syllabus. We have small numbers of students who resit this in the sixth form with many studying functional skills level 1 or 2.
The department is based in 7 classrooms and there is also access to computer suites. We are however exploring the use of iPad technology in teaching given the wealth of Maths Apps available. The College has sets of these which are available to book for teaching.
The teaching of Mathematics is well supported by additional staff at the College. There is a Higher Level Teaching Assistant in the team as well as dedicated learning support assistant time. Learning mentors work with students across the College to support their learning and help them to reach their potential.