Maths at Prince William School
The Year 9 course has helped you prepare for the new GCSE course. You will have studied units on Number, Algebra, Shape and Space and Data Handling, as well as completing short investigations. A good start in Year 10 is vital. We will recap some of the Year 9 work, but you will be pushed hard in Year 10 to achieve the highest possible GCSE grade at the end of the course. The new GCSE course has a different structure; with just 2 tiers of entry (currently there are 3 with an Intermediate tier). Students entered at either tier can achieve a C grade. We are using textbooks designed for the new course. At the end of Year 9 we will make set changes for the GCSE course, based on work in the year, assessments and KS3 SAT papers. We will continue to move students between sets in Years 10 and 11 depending on how students cope with the GCSE course. We use regular assessments to monitor how well students are doing. As in Year 9 you will sometimes work without a calculator. One of the GCSE papers is completed without a calculator. Although calculators are not used in all lessons, they do play an important part in learning mathematics and will of course be used in other subjects such as science. Calculators can be purchased from the school. In addition you can purchase revision books from the school for all levels of entry. It was announced last term that from 2007 GCSE Mathematics courses will have no coursework. This means that you will be assessed in Mathematics just by examinations, so revision for all tests, Year 10 exams and Year 11 mock exams is vital. Decisions about tier entry are made late in Year 11, as in previous years.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Prince William School directly.