WELCOME TO THE BAYLIS COURT SCHOOL MATHS DEPARTMENT
In the mathematics department we aim to create an environment where students can develop their full potential and achieve their very best. We have 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 recognize 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 board in Year 12 and 13. The new curriculum allows students to understand and explore mathematics through problem solving and modelling, making it more relevant and enjoyable than before.
Staff are keen to inspire and motivate their students in a variety of ways. We provide opportunities to extend our more able students and arrange various activities including entry into UKMT Maths competitions, UKMT 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 have one PSHE 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 Mathematican, 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 results have improved year on year. We would like to share our successful year. Grade 4 or above in Math is over 20% higher than the national average.
GCSE Math Grade 4+ = 84% (5% better than 2016/17)
GCSE Math Grade 5+ = 63% (3% better than 2016/17)
A-Level Math A* - C = 100%
MEMBERS OF STAFF
Head of Department (KS4 focus):
Ms Y. Poon (Specialist Leaders of Education, SLEs, NQT/PGCE mentor)
Second in Department (KS5 focus):
Mr D. Docherty (DofE Leader)
KS3 Co-ordinator: Miss A. Saeed
Mrs K. Johal (Mastery Specialist in Mathematics)
Mrs G. Kundi
Ms K. Poonian
Ms T. Rose