Mathematics

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We pride ourselves on our excellent results here at Bishop Walsh, both at GCSE and A level. In 2013 our year 11 achieved 92% A*-C grades at GCSE, and our year 13 achieved 72% A*-B for Mathematics A level and 100% A*-B for Further Mathematics A level.
All of our staff are passionate and dedicated Mathematics teachers committed to supporting our pupils in achieving excellence in Mathematics. The department comprises:

  • Mrs N Prytherick (Head of Department)
  • Mr K Fung (Second in Department)
  • Dr C Devine (Lead Practitioner, Responsible for KS5)
  • Mr A Hamill (Assistant Head)
  • Mr R Gallagher
  • Mr S Marshall
  • Mrs C Comyns
  • Mrs C Lines
  • Mrs C Foley

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 we look to build upon topics covered in Key Stage 2 and to provide firm foundations to mathematical techniques across the four strands of mathematics – number, algebra, geometry & measures and statistics. This provides a firm foundation in the skills required for their GCSE studies.
Further information and a scheme of work outline can be found in the department area of the VLE.

Key Stage 4

All pupils begin the GCSE course in year 9. The most able pupils in the year group will take their Mathematics GCSE at the end of year 10. In year 11 they will study a Free Standing Maths Qualification called Additional Mathematics. This is a bridge between GCSE and A level. It is worth UCAS points for universities and will give pupils a sound preparation for A level Maths.
All other groups will study for GCSE Mathematics over three years and will take the final examination at the end of year 11.
Our GCSE course consists of two written papers. One paper is done without a calculator and the other with a calculator. Pupil’s need to ensure they own a scientific calculator as soon as possible, so as to acquire proficiency in using it. We recommend pupils use Casio calculators as these tend to be the simplest to use. GCSE Mathematics no longer requires the pupils to produce any coursework or controlled assessment.
Further information, a scheme of work outline, past papers and mark schemes can be found in the department area of the VLE.

Key Stage 5

Maths is one of the most popular A level subjects and we currently have 46 students in year 12 and 26 students in year 13.
In year 12 the AS comprises of three modules: Core 1, Core 2 and Statistics 1. Core 1 builds on GCSE work on algebra and graphs and introduces calculus. Statistics applies maths to situations involving probability and analysing data. All three modules contribute equally to the final AS grade.
In year 13 three more modules are covered. The core topics are developed further in Core 3 and Core 4 and the student is introduced to the field of mechanics in Mechanics 1, where mathematics is applied to real life situations involving forces, pulleys, and other particles. There is no coursework. The results of all 6 modules are aggregated to calculate a single final Mathematics A level grade.
We also offer Further Maths A level and have a small group of our best mathematicians studying this. Further Mathematics A level is designed to be studied alongside Mathematics A level. Students will therefore study the six modules for Mathematics A level (three in year 12 and three in year 13) with the other mathematics students and will then do a further six modules in Further Mathematics. The additional modules are Discrete 1, Discrete 2 and Further Pure 1 in year 12, and Statistics 2, Mechanics 2 and Further Pure 2 in year 13. This gives a total of twelve modules for Mathematics and Further Mathematics covering four different areas of mathematics, so giving both depth and diversity. These are allocated to Mathematics and Further Mathematics A levels in such a way as to maximise the grades achieved. There is no coursework in A level Further Mathematics.
Further information, a scheme of work, past papers and mark schemes can be found in the department area of the VLE.