The mathematics department is well equipped with teaching and learning resources. Lessons take place in well appointed teaching rooms which are bright and welcoming. Teachers have access to computers, laptops, projectors and interactive whiteboards which aid in delivering interesting and engaging lessons.
KS3 students study a flexible curriculum which is designed around the needs of the students in the class. The ethos of mathematics for those on KS3 placements is to support students by closing the gap in the students' understanding of basic numeracy. Interventions are available for those in need of extra support in specific areas.
The main KS4 curriculum is inspired by the new AQA 8300 Mathematics GCSE curriculum.Lessons are differentiated to meet the needs of individual students, and small class sizes help to support students in reaching their full potential. Interventions are also available to KS4 Students, in addition to their four weekly timetabled classes. To gain a qualification, students are required to pass three 90 minute exams in the summer of year 11.
Some students find the nature of GCSE assessment stressful, or have not quite met the standard required to gain a grade 1 at GCSE . Where it is felt beneficial, students are able to complete Functional Skills Qualifications. These qualifications, certified by the AQA are nationally recognised certificates which reflect an individuals understanding of mathematics in the real world. Ares of study may include: time, money management and weights and measures amongst others. To gain the qualification, students are required to pass one assessment which can occur at any time during the school year. This allows the flexibility for the exam to be resat if necessary.
Some students are taught on outreach and in these cases Mathematics specialists will teach students in the homes. In some cases schools set the work for their students especially when they are expected to quickly return to mainstream. Where this may not be the case, the curriculum is dictated by the needs of the student.