At Hope High School, we believe Maths is for everyone. It is diverse, engaging and essential in equipping students with the right skills to reach their future destination, whatever that may be. Our primary objective is to enable students to engage, explore, enjoy and succeed in maths. To do this, we must remove barriers to learning and delivery a personalised learning programme. Very often learners have low confidence in their mathematical ability; we aim to increase confidence and attainment in Mathematics so that our learners can achieve excellent qualifications when they leave us in year 11.
All students are taught in mixed ability groups in both KS3 and KS4. There is a strong emphasis on developing confidence through problem solving, logical thinking and working together. All new learners are screened for dyscalculia and are offered specialist 1-1 teaching if required. Other interventions are offered such as a 1-1 study support.
KS3 (Year 7 and 8)
Students arrive at Hope High School with their KS2 SATs results. All pupils sit Cognitive Ability Tests (CAT) from which their KS3 targets and GCSE Grades are predicted. Pupils then work at their individual level through the different areas of Mathematics: Number, Algebra, Ratio, proportion and rates of change, Geometry and measures, Probability, Statistics.
KS4 (Year 9, 10, 11)
During KS4 learners follow a personalised learning programme based on their needs and abilities, whilst continuing to study the different areas of Mathematics studied in KS3. Learners can complete courses in AQA GCSE Maths at Foundation (Grades 1 to 5) or Higher tier (Grades 3 to 9), the AQA functional skills at level 1 or AQA Entry Level Certificate in Maths.