We place a very high emphasis at Pool on every pupil gaining a sound working knowledge of mathematics. As a core subject in the National Curriculum it is studied extensively by all students in all years.
Pupils should encounter a range of different mathematical experiences with a balance between:
- group work and individual work
- oral and written work
- activities which develop knowledge or practise skills and investigative problem solving or practical activities
- activities which are closed, and those that are open
- listening and talking, reading and writing, observing and doing
- using ICT in mathematics
Key-Stage 4 Examinations
Students will be entered for the EDEXCEL examinations at the end of Year 11. There is no coursework component of the syllabus so each exam paper accounts for 50% of their grade.
GCSE Mathematics is examined in two overlapping tiers of entry:
Higher Tier with grades A* to D available
Foundation Tier with grades C to G available
Both tiers have two exam papers at the end of the course that each make up 50% of the final grade. The main difference between the two papers is that one is done with the aid of a calculator, one is not. In the foundation tier the exams last for 1 hour and 30 minutes each, whilst in the higher tier they are slightly longer at 1 hour and 45 minutes each.
Mr D Simons
Head of Department
Mrs L Warwicker
Deputy Head of Department
Mr D Williams
Miss M Tremain
Dr S Miller
Mr M Robertson
Mr A Pamplin-Barnard