We’ve enjoyed many successes in the Maths Department in recent years. 2011 was a fantastic year for students attaining high grades. 1 in 5 students managed to achieve either an A or A* in Maths – massively higher than the National Average. In 2010, the school had an all-time success for the school’s GCSE results, but it was also an all-time success for the Maths department (67% A*-C pass rate).
We ensure that every child progresses whatever level they arrive at Sanders. Every school measures these levels from when a student attends in Year 7 to when they leave with their GCSEs. The Maths Department (2010) achieved a 70%, 3 level progression, which means that we are in the top 10% of Maths Departments in the country. This is largely due to setting them in Year 7 and encouraging an appropriately levelled Scheme of Work (wrt to the National Curriculum), for each and every class.
When students asked the age-old question: ‘How am I going to use Maths in life?’, we introduced Functional Maths. So, students can now find Sewing Pattern in Maths, play the Factors/Multiples Game, Investigate Tasks – such as Budgeting for a Holiday or even discover Maths at the Olympics.
This is also explored further by having a Puzzle Day, specifically for Year 8s, to discover how to solve complex problems from Teamwork; and as many Outdoor lessons as we possibly can, to show how Maths can be fun and practical (see below).
When it comes to GCSEs, we have 2 points of exams: November of Year 11 and June of Year 11. We have intensive revision classes in the build up to the exams, including Breakfast clubs, to encourage students to revise at any time.
Those who achieve their Predicted Grades will have an opportunity to gain a 2nd GCSE – Statistics. This has the advantage of bordering with careers in Science, Psychology and Economics.
Mrs C Archer - Head of Maths - click here to e-mail Mrs Archer