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Key Stage 4

In Key Stage 4 all students study GCSE material up to grade A* and you will always be challenged to do your best. This is when you can apply the concepts you learnt in Key Stage 3 to increasingly more complex problems. We will support you in developing your understanding of the concepts behind Mathematics.

We will continue to make your Mathematics lessons varied and you will take part in group work, investigations and e-learning activities. There is a strong emphasis in Key Stage 4 on the functional uses of Mathematics and examinations will include many questions involving an application of the Mathematics learnt to real-life problems. This will appeal to those students who enjoy problem-solving.

We in the Mathematics department are a team of enthusiastic teachers and we will inspire you to be independent and confident learners. You are encouraged to be good communicators and to engage in mathematical dialogue with us and your peers habitually. The more you enquire the deeper your understanding will be!

We enter a selection of students into the Intermediate Mathematics Challenge – a national competition where you will need to draw on your mental arithmetic and problem solving skills to be awarded gold, silver or bronze. You may even do well enough to progress to the next rounds!

A wide variety of careers are available with a qualification in Mathematics. Opportunities exist in areas such as banking, pharmaceuticals, oil, retailing, accountancy, management consultancy or in the utilities. A qualification in Mathematics is essential for careers in different branches of science, technology and engineering, and will also support courses in many areas such as Economics, Business and Finance.