Mathematics is a popular subject at Lawrence Sheriff School. The Mathematics department is fortunate to have a large team of well qualified subject specialists who deliver the curriculum with enthusiasm.
Most lessons are delivered in one of six dedicated classrooms in the Learning Resources Centre.
In addition to their academic studies, students are encouraged to enter the UKMT individual and team challenges and each year we are delighted that several boys from each age group qualify for the follow-up rounds which are aimed at the best students nationally. There are also Mathematical options as part of the school-wide enrichment programme.
COURSE: Pearson Edexcel Level1/Level2 GCSE (9-1) Higher
Students study for Higher Level GCSE Mathematics, which is examined at the end of year 11 through three papers, each of 90 minutes duration – paper 1 is a non-calculator examination.
In years 7 & 8 students are taught in house groups (unsetted). There are four lessons per week and homework is set twice a week. Each boy is given access to an online virtual textbook to use when studying away from the classroom.
In Years 9 - 11 students are taught in four ability sets, and continue to receive four lessons per week (five in year 11).Student allocation to sets is based on their progress during the previous year and their performance in the end of year examination. Every set follows the same Scheme of Learning though the pace of work varies to suit the members of the group. Since pupils mature at different rates, provision is made to adjust the setting at the end of each academic year.
AQA Level 2 Certificate in Further Mathematics is taught to all year 11 students as a second mathematics qualification and a bridge between GCSE and A Level work. Final decisions on the exact entries for this qualification will be made after the Spring Mock Examinations.
A small group of the most able students in year 11 are invited to study for an AS Level in Statistics - for 2017 only the course is AQA Statistics (6380).
Mathematics is an extremely popular choice in the Sixth Form. Both Mathematics and Further Mathematics are offered at AS and A level or a Level 3 qualification in Mathematical Studies. For details see the Sixth Form Prospectus