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A Warm Welcome to Huxlow

Welcome to Huxlow Science College

At Huxlow Science College we believe that school days are precious and form the foundations for our students’ future lives. We have a determination to ensure that our students are given the best possible opportunities to succeed both academically and as young people who are an asset to the communities in which they live. Our community is rightly very proud of our school, our students and their successes. We have a rich history of students of all abilities and backgrounds fulfilling their potential in all areas of their education and they are supported and challenged daily to gain the skills, confidence and qualifications they will need to be successful in an ever-changing world.

We pride ourselves on the levels of support and guidance we offer our students and place students and their needs at the heart of everything we do. We work hard to ensure students are happy, feel safe and are taught well. Developing ‘The Whole Child’ is one of our core responsibilities and our students are challenged to aim for the highest personal and academic standards. We have high expectations of behaviour and respect across our community and forge excellent relationships with both students and parents.

I am hugely proud to be the Headteacher of Huxlow Science College and to lead the school as we build on recent increases in both student numbers and exam results. It is such a privilege to be entrusted with the lives of the young people in our community, to shape their characters and enable their success.

We look forward to welcoming all prospective students, parents and carers to experience all that is Huxlow in the very near future.

Paul Letch - Headteacher

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

Mr S Brewin - Assistant Learning Leader for Mathematics KS4

Mr M Coutts - Teacher of Mathematics

Ms D Graham - Teacher of Mathematics

Mr C Darnbrook - Teacher of Mathematics

Mrs J Brabant - Maths HLTA

Miss C Wood - Deputy Headteacher, 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