Key Stage 3
Course Overview Upon entering the school students will be placed into ability sets based on their KS2 SATS results. Set moves are then informed through teacher judgements and assessments. Students follow a two year scheme of work throughout years 7 and 8 covering a range of topics. They will spend around 4 weeks on each topic allowing them to develop a rich understanding of the maths.
Course Overview All Year 9 students will begin to cover the GCSE Maths syllabus. Those in the top set will also complete a GCSE in Statistics. All students will continue to cover the GCSE topics over Years 10 and 11 with their exam at the end of Year 11. The exam board we use for GCSE is Edexcel and 100% of the GCSE is assessed through two exam papers. The large majority of students are entered for the higher tier exam. Those students in top sets will complete an extra qualification: AQA Level 2 Further Maths.
We are very proud that our 2014 GCSE results continue our upward trend and were very close to our best ever with 78.8% of pupils gaining A*-C grades. We are even more delighted with the fact that 31.6% of them were at A/ A* grade – that's almost a third of the year group achieving A/A* in their GCSE Mathematics – the national percentage is just over 15% with A*/A grades. However we are equally delighted that 99.6% of students that achieved a grade in GCSE Mathematics. We continuously strive to ensure that all pupils achieve and surpass their potential.
As a result of our accelerated learning programme for Lead Learners in Mathematics we also had 26 pupils in the top sets achieve a grade in the Free Standing Maths Qualification in Additional Maths. This is a standalone qualification that incorporates a mixture of A* GCSE maths and A Level Maths.
One year 10 student achieved an A grade in AS Mathematics having achieved an A* in GCSE in year 8 and an A grade in Additional Maths in year 9.
Year 9 was not to be out done! 60 students achieved a GCSE in Statistics – 71% of them at B grade or above.
I have been teaching Maths for 25 years and have been Head of Department at Huish Episcopi for the last 11. I have a degree in Maths and French from Liverpool University. I studied for my PGCE at St Luke's in Exeter. Having wanted to teach from the age of seven and loving Maths I can truly say that this is my dream job!