GCSE mathematics provides a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study. It encourages students to develop confidence in mathematics, have a positive attitude towards mathematics and to recognise the importance of mathematics in their own lives and to society. The course also provides a strong mathematical foundation for students who go on to study mathematics at a higher level post-16.

GCSE mathematics enables students to:

  1. Develop fluent knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts
  2. Acquire, select and apply mathematical techniques to solve problems
  3. Reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences and draw conclusions
  4. Comprehend, interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context.

In Key Stage 4 students study mathematics for 3 hours per week in Year 9 and 4 hours per week in Year 10 and 11. The syllabus studied is the linear Edexcel Specification. This allows students to study at either Foundation Level (grades C – G), or Higher Level (grades A* – D).

Students are taught using the Collins GCSE text book as a main text.

The examinations for the GCSE course are in the summer term of Year 11. Students sit two papers; a non-calculator paper and a calculator paper.

New Mathematics curriculum 1 – 9

Due to the national changes to GCSE Mathematics, students in Year 9 and 10 will be following the new curriculum using grades 1 – 9, 9 being the highest. Their mathematics examinations will again have two tiers of entry, Foundation (Grades 1- 5) and Higher (grades 5 – 9).