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Genuine commitment to high achievement by pupils is seen in the approach to their academic work.

ISI 2013

Maths

We believe that children learn about the subject largely through practice so it is important that work is pitched at the appropriate level.

Time is spent building pupils' confidence in order to develop the necessary resilience to persevere when faced with a challenge. The relationship between student and teacher is important as we encourage children to be open and honest about any misconceptions and to communicate about their understanding of the subject. Since 2009, three different courses have been offered at GCSE Level.

The top sets have studied Edexcel’s International GCSE as we aim to prepare students for the challenge of Mathematics in the Sixth Form. Middle sets follow Edexcel’s UK GCSE at Higher Level and those targeting a grade C do the same course at Foundation Level. Results have been consistently good across the ability range with over 40% of pupils gaining A* or A and 95% typically achieving grade C or better. Small class sizes enable flexibility in our approach. 

In recent years, some pupils have completed their GCSE at the end of Year 9 and gone on to complete the MEI A Level at the end of Year 11, while others have taken OCR’s Additional Mathematics. These decisions are under constant review and are based on individual strengths and interests.

Pupils should expect approximately 1 hour of homework per week and are given more than one night to complete set tasks to allow for time management. Most homework will involve the reinforcement and revision of concepts covered in class. Formal assessment occurs six times per year and is used in setting and to inform teaching. Plymouth College actively participates in UKMT Individual and Team Challenges and links with Plymouth University to cater for the more gifted pupils.

 

Genuine commitment to high achievement by pupils is seen in the approach to their academic work.

ISI 2013
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