How is mathematics organised at Heathcote School?
M.r M.Jarrett (Head of Mathematics, ICT& Business)
M. P Naicker
Ms. C. Wensink
Mr. M. Wright
In years 10 and 11 the construction of the timetable requires 2 separate bands for the core subjects. Placement of students in these bands is by negotiation between the three core subject departments. Within each band the pupils are setted for mathematics based on their examination and class performance.
In all external examinations we will enter students into the highest level that we believe they will achieve.
The scheme mirrors the requirements of the national curriculum and considers number, shape and space, algebra and data handling. We use the Oxford Mathematics books as our main text resource in years 10 and 11. We supplement this with investigative problem solving work and practical use of computers.
All Year 10 & 11 students follow a course of study that leads to a GCSE examination in mathematics.
We follow the Edexcel syllabus and students sit two formal examinations that complement their compulsory Statistics coursework.
The most able mathematicians are offered the opportunity to sit GCSE Statistics in year 10.
The most able in year 11 are offered the chance to sit the higher tier GCSE Mathematics examination.
Results are consistently well above the national average and amongst the highest in Stevenage . In June 2010 ,61% of students in year 11 achieved an A*- C grade in mathematics with 26 pupils gaining A or A* in mathematics.
As and A Level
Advanced Level mathematics is rapidly growing in popularity and is becoming more accessible and relevant to most career choices. Advanced Level mathematics units can now be chosen in Pure Mathematics, Mechanics, Statistics and Decision Mathematics. Heathcote School has an enviable reputation for A Level success.
In June 2010, 75% of the students achieved A-E in A level Mathematics.
Mathematics homework is set twice per week and each typically takes about 30 minutes to complete. Homework is used to develop and extend the lesson topics. Each student will be issued with a planner to record the work set. The time required to complete homework will increase during each year at school.
In maths lessons you will need to have a pen, pencil and rubber together with mathematical drawing instruments (e.g. compass, ruler, and protractor). We expect all students to bring and use a scientific calculator and this is essential for one of each of the examination papers.
We regularly enter students for the United Kingdom Mathematical Challenge at Intermediate and Senior Levels as well. Heathcote School was in the top 10 of schools in the Team Challenge in April 2010.