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A Warm Welcome to Huxlow

At Huxlow we believe that students who are happy, feel safe and are taught well will enjoy school and as a result be successful.

We are passionate about caring for our students, ensuring that they are all known as individuals. Ofsted June 2016 stated that “everyone in the school puts pupil’s well-being at the centre of everything they do”.

Students are challenged to be as good as they possibly can be and supported to achieve this. Academic success is hugely important to us and we have a rich history of students of all abilities and from a wide variety of backgrounds achieving as well as they could.

However, schools are about far more than academic success and we believe that developing “The Whole Child” is one of our core responsibilities. In order to enjoy a successful adult life it is important that our students develop characteristics such as leadership, organisation, resilience, initiative, and communication.

I am hugely proud of our school and am happy to extend an invitation to all Parents/ Carers to come and visit us during the school day. Please contact us on enquiries@huxlow.northants.sch.uk and we will arrange a convenient time.

Mr S Gordon
Headteacher

Mathematics

KEY STAGE 3

Key Stage 3 bridges the gap between the foundations set at Key Stage 2 and the challenge of the new GCSE syllabus at Key Stage 4. The programme of study develops students’ confidence and thinking skills in an increasing range of methods and techniques.

Our Goal: “At Huxlow every individual is empowered to fulfil their potential”

To fulfil your potential at Key Stage 3 you should:

  • Pay attention in lessons and participate fully in class discussions and activities
  • Attempt your homework as soon as it is set so that any issues can be resolved prior to the due date
  • Hand in your homework on time and attempted to the best of your ability
  • Use your initiative to utilise the resources at your disposal to help yourself overcome any difficulties
  • Independently revise for assessments using your class notes and online/interactive resources
  • Create neat, clear, summary revision notes at the end of each unit
  • Approach your peers and teacher for help when needed.

KEY STAGE 4

Key Stage 4 encompasses Years 9, 10 and 11 and builds upon the foundations learnt in Key Stage 3. The curriculum is split into 6 broad categories:

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Ratio, proportion and rates of change
  • Statistics
  • Probability
  • Geometry and measures

Students are entered into either foundation or higher tier exams and both currently use the Edexcel exam board. This should be kept in mind when purchasing revision materials. The aim of the course is to prepare pupils for the next stage of their lives, by ensuring they achieve a qualification which opens doors for their future. There is also an opportunity for the most able to study Additional Maths, which is done in after school sessions.

Our values #2: “Everyone is ambitious and welcomes the challenge of being the best they can”

To be the best you can be at Key Stage 4 you should:

  • Be an active and engaged member of the class who participates fully
  • Manage your homework effectively to ensure timely completion
  • Utilise online resources to revise areas of weakness highlighted from assessments
  • Independently revise for assessments using your class notes and online/interactive resources
  • Comply with the department’s presentation policy
  • Bring all equipment to lesson so you are fully prepared to learn
  • Approach your peers and teacher for help when required
  • Attend after school support sessions.

ASSESSMENT

Throughout Key Stage 3, each term will have a synoptic test known as RATE, except term 6 where students will take an end of year assessment.

Pupils are routinely assessed in Key Stage 4 by a combination of rigorous exams and teacher assessment. In Year 9, pupils complete one 50 mark exam on a termly basis. The exams are created using past GCSE exam questions so that our pupils are familiar with the exam format. In Year 10 and 11, pupils complete past GCSE exam papers which consist of 80 marks. However, at the end of each year they are expected to complete a full set of 3 exam papers which include one non-calculator paper and two calculator papers.

At the end of Year 11, all pupils take GCSE Mathematics. Pupils doing foundation tier can achieve grade 1-5 whilst pupils doing higher tier can achieve grades 4-9.

WHAT CAN I DO WITH A MATHS QUALIFICATION?

A strong Maths pass is pivotal to the future of young people, as the majority of employers expect a grade of 4 or above in order to be employable. However, a good Maths qualification can also provide a route to more specific careers such as mechanics, engineering, meteorology, video game developing and finance. Regardless of your chosen career path, Maths will play a vital role in providing you with opportunities to do what you want with your future.

KEY STAGE 5

Huxlow Science College, The Ferrers School and Rushden Academy work together to create a unique post-16 learning community, The East Northamptonshire College (TENC). For details of the full range of courses and opportunities available, please visit www.tenconline.co.uk

ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNITIES

  • Key Stage 4 after school support sessions
  • Maths Clubs eg. Cypher Club 

DEPARTMENT STAFF

Mr R King - Learning Leader for Mathematics
Miss Y Essel - Assistant Learning Leader for Mathematics KS5
Mr S Brewin - Assistant Learning Leader for Mathematics KS4
Mrs R Webb - Assistant Learning Leader for Mathematics KS3
Mr M Coutts - Teacher of Mathematics
Mrs D Rolfe - HLTA for Mathematics
Miss C Wood - Deputy Headteacher, Teacher of Mathematics
Ms K Isaksen - Deputy Head Teacher, Teacher of Mathematics

FURTHER INFORMATION

If you would like to find out more about the Maths curriculum, please contact Mr R King, Learning Leader for Maths