Mathematics is in everything we do and see. Many of the advances being made in Engineering and Science could not be made without similar advances in the understanding of applications of Mathematics.
Within the Mathematics Department at The Westgate School, we aspire to inspire by applying the mathematical skills students need to everyday situations. We give students the chance to participate in United Kingdom Mathematics Trust competitions. We also reward students for the effort they put into lessons: Our motto is “help every child achieve their best” and this is what we aim to do every day.
Key Stage 3
Students study Key Stage 3 Mathematics in Years 7 and 8. In Year 7, students are introduced to new concepts, such as expanding brackets and Pythagoras’ theorem, and we build on existing primary school topics such as area of shapes. In Year 8, we take the topics studied within Year 7 further and enhance knowledge by applying them to real life situations.
At Key Stage 3, students are placed either in a support class or in mixed ability sets. We use MathsWatch to help students revise and work on topics highlighted as needing attention. All learning is individualised based on classwork and the outcome of assessments.
Key Stage 4
Key Stage 4 Mathematics runs from Year 9 to 11. All students at Westgate School are studying the Edexcel GCSE Specification Linear Course. Results within the Mathematics Department have been improving over recent years and the Mathematics Department is one of the strongest department within the school. Staff are regularly on hand to support all students with their needs. Work in lessons and at home is tailored specifically to each child’s need and helps every child achieve their best.
Students are set at Key Stage 4, with the top three sets working from the higher tier of the specification and set four working from the foundation tier. As in previous years, we encourage students to use their mathematical skills within a range of different contexts and use MathsWatch to build students knowledge. The number of our students achieving the government’s recognised pass mark at GCSE is well above national average and the number of students taking Maths to A-level and beyond has been steadily increasing over the past years.