WELCOME TO THE BAYLIS COURT SCHOOL MATHS DEPARTMENT
At the mathematics department we aim to create an environment where students can develop their full potential and achieve their very best. We have very high expectations of all our students and encourage and promote problem solving skills, excellent verbal and written and communication of mathematics and an appreciation of the applications of mathematics. We aim to develop thinking and mastery at all levels and across the range of mathematical topics, as well as encouraging students to recognise mathematical experiences in other curricular areas. Students are also shown the relevance and importance of Mathematics to the real world and the impact it has.
In Years 7 and 8 students develop their mathematical skills covering the topics of Number, Algebra, Geometry and Statistics through mastery and Singapore Maths teaching and learning approaches. Students are assessed regularly to ensure they are developing their thinking skills and meeting their personal target.
Starting from Year 9, students prepare for GCSE exams in mathematics. More able students will also prepare to take an additional GCSE (OCR Additional Maths in Year 11) giving them experience of A Level work.
The A level Mathematics course is becoming a more popular option in our sixth form. Students sit the Edexcel exam in Year 12 and 13.
Staff are keen to inspire and motivate their students in a wide variety of ways. We provide opportunities to extend our more able students and arrange various activities including entry into UK Maths Challenge competitions, UK Team Challenges and additional qualifications. We provide a wide range of internal and external interventions designed to support and help our students to consolidate and build their confidence in Maths.
Regular after school enrichment activities and Monthly Maths Puzzle competitions are organised to engage all abilities. Through the PSHE programme, every year group has one day dedicated to exploring the world of Maths from a different point of view. In Years 7 and 8, students explore different areas of maths through activities like codebreaking and bridge construction. Our Year 9 students are given a taste of the different careers that are underpinned by mathematical, with Year 10 students applying their knowledge to solving the Josephus problem as well as exploring the work of the Italian mathematician, Fibonacci. Year 11 and Sixth Form students explore how Maths can impact on every-day life, exploring issues around personal finance, budgeting and using credit in order to prepare themselves for when they leave school and go onto college and university.
Both GCSE and A-Level Mathematics A*-C results have improved year on year. With all the changes of the New Curriculum, we are pleased with the result of 79% in GCSE Maths Grade 4 or above and 100% achieving A*-C in Further Mathematics. There are 100% Grade A-D achievement in both AS and A Level.
MEMBERS OF STAFF
Head of Department (KS4 focus): Ms Y. Poon (Specialist Leaders of Education, SLEs)
Second in Department (KS5 focus): Ms N. Chauhan (PGCE Maths Mentor)
KS3 Co-ordinator: Miss A Saeed
Mr D. Docherty (DofE Leader)
Miss K. Grist
Miss E. Hayes (Numeracy Coordinator)
Mrs G. Kundi
Ms K. Poonian
Mr K. Shah
Mrs U. Hafeez
Mrs V. Kapoor