Homework is set twice a week, one short piece and another longer piece. These are marked in accordance with academy policy. There is regular assessment throughout the course with tests as sections of work are completed, along with summative tests in Autumn, Spring and Summer terms.
Key Stage 3 - Year 7 to Year 9
Students undertake baseline assessment in July, before entering year 7, and are put into teaching groups accordingly. Students entering the grammar stream are baseline tested in September at the start of year 7. The varied experiences from Year 6 are reviewed and developed, essentially covering levels four to eight as appropriate for the individual student. All students are expected to make at least two sub-levels of progress in this first year. The grammar stream follow and accelerated curriculum and are expected to make three sub-levels of progress per year as a minimum. Number, Algebra, Shape and Space and Data Handling topics are covered using a wide variety of texts and resources.
Mathematics is a spiral curriculum leading to skills and concepts being revisited and then extended. New areas of the curriculum are also explored. In the Grammar stream areas of data handling and statistics are explored in greater depth.
The GCSE syllabus is started in year 9 for all students and they will all be required to review and extend their knowledge and skills. The course followed is Edexcel Syllabus 1MA0 linear option A. The assessment pattern for this option is in the form of two terminal examinations, one calculator and one non-calculator, sat at the end of the course in year 11. The papers are offered at two levels, foundation (C-G) and higher (A*-E). Students will continue to work in the four areas of the National Curriculum. GCSE texts are used to supplement the teaching of key topics which appear on past papers.
Key Stage 4 – Years 10 and 11
Students continue to follow a course leading towards their GCSE. The level of entry for the individual student is determined after the mock examination in Year 11. Students in the Grammar stream and those who show a high level of achievement in other groups will be able to take an additional GCSE in statistics at the end of Year 11.
Entry to the Advanced level course requires an A*, A or B on the Higher GCSE tier.
Year 12 AS
Students follow a modular course comprising of three units, Pure Core 1 and 2 and Mechanics 1.
Year 13 A2
Students continue from the AS course with three further units comprising Pure Core 3 and 4 and Statistics 1