We aim to provide the conditions within which students achieve the highest possible exam grades and develop fully as young mathematicians. The specific topics which we are required to teach by the exam boards are chosen for many reasons, but they can all be taught intelligently with reference to the future mathematical needs of the students. Furthermore, every student takes one of the UK Mathematics Challenges every year as part of our enrichment policy.
In Senior 1, students are not ‘set’ and work in form groups. In Senior 2, the ‘express’ group begins its GCSE course with a view to its competition at the end of Senior 3. School policy states that pupils who can show that they can achieve A or A* should be encouraged to sit the GCSE early. In 2010, we found it possible to enter the whole Senior 3 express group two years early with 100% achievement of A or A*.
The ‘academic’ group works steadily towards its GCSE, hitherto on the modular system, but in the future it looks as though they will have to work on the linear system if government policy changes.
The express group is extended by careful preparation for the UK Intermediate Maths Challenge, by taking the GCSE in Statistics and by taking the IGCSE in Further Pure Mathematics offered by the Edexcel exam board.
Such students will not find any difficulty adjusting to the requirements of the A level course. They will already have looked in depth at several of the topics in the first year of A level.
In the Sixth Form, we follow the Edexcel Modular courses for AS, A and Further Mathematics qualifications. We offer all four disciplines: Pure Mathematics, Mechanics, Statistics and Decision Maths. Students studying Further Maths may also be prepared for the Advanced Extension Award and the STEP exam (Sixth Term Examination Papers) for Oxbridge Entrance.
All students are required to participate in Leeds University’s UK Mathematics Challenges once a year, at Junior, Intermediate or Senior level.