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Weekly Bulletin 14/12/18 - Weekly Bulletin In addition to regular website updates, termly newsletter and frequent Twitter news, as from the beginning of this term we will produce a weekly School Bulletin to keep everyone updated on the events of the forthcoming week, reminders, school news and dates for the diary. The School Bulletin will be sent to parents via School Comms. The Bulletin will be published every Friday and, in addition to the School Comms message, it will also be uploaded on the school website. - Read More

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National Mathematics Award presented to North School student


Awarded by Lord Mayor of Ashford, Councillor Winston Michael

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Maths Challenge


On Thursday 5th November a number of our Sixth Form students took part in the UKMT Senior Mathematics Challenge.

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"If equations are trains threading the landscape of numbers, then no train stops at pi." - Richard Preston


"Mathematics is the supreme judge; from its decisions, there is no appeal." - Tobias Dantzig

Student View

"I like maths now, teachers have helped me achieve where I am now. I am extremely proud of myself because I now know what I am doing." - Key Stage 4 Pupil

"I really like the fact that I am top in the class and I’m determined to get a high grade by the New Year." - Key Stage 4 Pupil

"Maths is fun, we learn a lot and we learn in a fun way." - Key Stage 3 Pupil


“It is impossible to be a mathematician without being a poet in soul” Sofia Vasilyevna Kovalevskaya

The concept of mathematics is an amazing achievement of human kind. It has provided us with an insight and explanation into the way the world works, helped us to develop technology and medicine and is worthy of study as a subject in its own right. Within the field of mathematics you can find beauty as well as logic, chaos as well as structure and poetry as well as science.

No matter whom you are; there is a strand of mathematics that could inspire, excite and challenge you as you seek to make your contribution to the world – either within mathematics itself or used as an application within a separate field.

The study of mathematics will develop you as a person, helping you to improve your analytical, communication and problem solving skills – each very desirable in the working world.

Rene Descartes said “I think, therefore I am”. What do you think you could be and therefore what will you become?

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Course Name:

GCSE Mathematics

Exam Board:

OCR Foundation & Higher tier

Level: 2

This qualification in mathematics encourages students to develop confidence in, and a positive attitude towards mathematics, as well as recognise the importance of mathematics in their own lives and to society. This qualification prepares students to make informed decisions about the use of technology, the management of money, further learning opportunities and career choices.

Assessment: 100% examination.  3 exams of 1.5 hours each.  2 calculator and 1 non-calculator.



Course Name:

GCSE Statistics

Exam Board:


Level: 2

The skills students learn will help them in their GCSE Mathematics, as well as letting them see how mathematics is used in the real world. The course will also benefit those studying other subjects where data is used heavily, such as science, business and geography.

Assessment: 100% examination.  2 papers of 1.5 hours each.



Course Name:

A Level Mathematics

Exam Board:


Level: 3

The course consists of four core modules and two application module. The core module topics include – algebraic manipulation (including surds), trigonometric ratios in angles over 90 degrees, 3D coordinate geometry, geometric and arithmetic series, integration, differentiation and proof in mathematics. The application modules that are taught are statistics. These modules include interpretation of samples, correlation, regression and probability generators.  This course is suited to students who achieve Grade 7 or higher at GCSE.

Assessment: 100% examination



Course Name:

Core Mathematics: Quantitative methods

Exam Board:


Level: 3

Candidates are taught to consider more than just how to calculate data. By the end of the course they should be able to explain their findings and interpret what data means. This is particularly relevant for students going on to study data heavy courses e.g. psychology, geography and sociology.  This is a one year course which attracts UCAS points equivalent to an AS Level qualification.

Assessment: 100% examination



Key Stage 3 Curriculum Overview 

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Extra-curricular/OSL opportunities

Keystage 3

Years 7 & 8 maths club with Miss Bailey on Thursdays in KF2 from 3pm – 4pm.  Here you can get help with homework, practise on MyMaths, get support with topics and get great tips on how and what to revise for tests.

Keystage 4

Year 10 – advanced maths with Mr Spreadborough on Tuesdays in KF7. This is a course for top mathematicians to push 6 to 7 and 7 to 8 - a great way to prepare for A level.

Years 9 &10 – OSL maths club on Tuesdays in KF4 from 3pm-4pm. Get help with homework, support with classwork and great tips and resources for revision and exam preparation.

Year 11 – advanced maths with Mr Harrison on Wednesdays in EF6. This is a course for top mathematicians to push 6 to 7 and 7 to 8 - a great way to prepare for A level.

Year 11 – OSL on Wednesdays in Kent Block from 3pm – 3:50pm. Secure the pass grades. These topic-based sessions are targeted at students who need to secure their grades. Students need to attend if they have had a written invitation, but all are welcome to join us! See Mrs Williams for details.

Years 12 & 13 – OSL on Thursdays with Mr Munday and Mr Harrison in KF6.



Useful links and revision resources


GCSE knowledge organisers: foundation

GCSE knowledge organisers: higher


Numeracy Guide for Parents

Numeracy Guide for Parents - GCSE


Maths Knowledge Booklet - Maths revision for all year groups - If you cannot remember your login please speak to your maths teacher OR you can just access material on the website without your login.

Whatever year group you are in revision is always important.  Use these useful websites alongside your most recent skills sheet (inside the back cover of your book) to help you revise.