Teaching in Years 7 to 9 is consistent with, but not constrained by, the National Numeracy Strategy and is designed to prepare pupils for the GCSE course. A broad mix of teaching strategies, including the use of ICT, is employed by staff to enhance learning. Pupils are set on entry to the school, where numbers permit, to allow both the stretching and support of individuals. Movement between sets is common, however, and happens throughout the year.
At GCSE level there are two tiers of entry but most pupils sit the Higher papers (one calculator and one non calculator) where, although grades A*-D grades are attainable, the majority of pupils gain A*-B. There is no coursework component in GSCE mathematics.
As with other core curriculum subjects in our diamond structure boys and girls in years 7-9 are taught in separate gender groups.
Both Mathematics and Further Mathematics are offered at A2. In addition to the compulsory core units of pure mathematics it is possible to take a variety of applied units including mechanics, statistics and decision mathematics.
Apart from classroom teaching, the department runs Maths help sessions three times a week. Pupils also take part in local maths competitions and the UKMT Maths Individual and Team Challenges.