The Mathematics Department at St Joseph's College aims to stimulate interest and enjoyment of mathematics
We help pupils to gain confidence in their mathematical ability so that they will believe in their ability to use it in a variety of contexts.
We believe that all pupils have individual needs and in order to give them extra support we have the flexibility both to split classes and offer support by all staff in the Mathematics Department. To encourage interest in the subject, trips to Hampton Court and Bletchley park are organized in the College to show practical applications of mathematics. Pupils are also entered in the National UKMT Mathematics Challenge at all levels to encourage problem solving techniques and logical thinking.
At the start of Year 7 we assume our pupils have covered National Curriculum level 5. Over years 7 and 8 we then cover levels 6 and 7.
We follow the Edexcel syllabus at GCSE. At GCSE we use the modular approach with all pupils taking their first modules in year 9. All pupils are aiming to take the higher tier GCSE.
In Sixth Form we offer both Mathematics and Further Mathematics for A level following the Edexcel syllabus. In the applied units we offer pupils the flexibility of taking Statistics or Mechanics in Year 12 and usually Decision Mathematics in Year 13.
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