In every Maths lesson extension activities are integrated into the curriculum to provide students with additional challenge and extended learning within the set topic. These extension opportunities are offered to all students, inspiring challenge across all abilities, although students identified as being particularly gifted in Maths will be targeted specifically and supported to take these options. In certain cases where students may be exceptionally advanced, a more structured personalised curriculum may be provided, to allow the students to excel.
Students are set by ability from Year 9. The top set Maths class take their GCSE Maths in Year 10 (one year early) and in Year 11 take the OCR ‘Free Standing Maths Qualification’ which prepares students for AS level Maths and is worth 20 UCAS points.
From 2013/14 a lunchtime club will run for Years 9 and 10, offering Mensa / UK Maths Challenge type competitions for extended learning. External competitions, such as the UK Maths Challenge, also provide opportunities for gifted mathematicians: in Year 8 at Junior level, Year 10 Intermediate and Year 12s at Senior.
The Maths department also run external trips to enrich the learning of its most able mathematicians through a variety of experiences. This year, Year 9 students took part in a STEM (Science Technology Engineering & Maths) day at the Royal Institute and a group of Year 10s attended lectures at Queen Mary’s university.
Park High School, Thistlecroft Gardens, Stanmore, Middlesex HA7 1PL
Mr Emlyn Lumley
0208 952 2803