Key Stage 4

The three year GCSE Mathematics programme starts in Year 9, building on the National Curriculum areas studies in Year 7 and 8.  There is no coursework and no controlled assessment.  The course is assessed 100% by final examination.  

Students in Years 9 - 11 have 8 hours of Mathematics lessons per fortnight.  Students develop life skills through study of Algebra, Number, Geometry and Statistics.  They will develop:

  • Communication and team skills through individual and group tasks
  • Resilience, planning, interpretation and reasoningskills through problem solving and solutions of multi stage questions.

All assessments will consist of three papers one non calculator and two calculator papers.  There is now a greater emphasis on functional maths and some questions are designed to test how the students apply their knowledge and communicate their answers.

KS4 will be starting the NEW 9 - 1 GCSE grading structure.

There are two tiers of entry:

  • Edexcel GCSE Higher - students can achieve a 9+
  • Edexcel GCSE Foundation - students can achieve a 5+.

All students therefore have the opportunity to obtain a grade C or above.  Students are assessed formally each half term and are set both written homework and Mymaths tasks regularly.

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