St James's Church of England High School

St James Church of England High School

'A National Teaching School'

September 2013

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Maths

KEY STAGE 4

All pupils follow Mathematics courses appropriate to their ability. At the end of Key Stage 4 (end of Year 11) assessment will be by GCSE external examination provided by the Edexcel exam board. A few pupils may be entered for an earlier exam opportunity if deemed necessary. A ‘Certificate of Achievement’ course can also be offered where a candidate’s work is not up to GCSE standard, with dual entry where appropriate.

The GCSE will follow the two tiers: foundation (grade G to C) and higher (grade D to A*). It will be entirely externally assessed and there will be no controlled assessment.

Tier

Grade

Higher

A* 

A  

B  

C  

D  

-

(U)

Foundation

 -

-

-

C

D

E  

F  

(U)

The programmes of study place an emphasis on problem solving, functionality and mathematical thinking as well as full and reasoned answers with explicit workings out.

The content will include Using and Applying Mathematics, Number and Algebra, Shape, Space and Measures and Handling Data.

The assessment objectives will be:

  • Recall and use their knowledge of the prescribed content
  • Select and apply mathematical methods in a range of contexts
  • Interpret and analyse problems and generate strategies to solve them

 Final decisions on the appropriate tier of entry for each pupil will be taken in January of Year 11 based upon progress during the course and performance in the mock examinations.

Final assessment consists of two written examinations (50% each), one of which is a non-calculator paper.  It is therefore vital that pupils work to their potential throughout the two years to achieve success.