Welcome to the Mathematics Department

We teach all aspects of the subject from Year 7 through to Year 13. We aim to equip all students with the skills necessary to cope with Mathematics as it arises in modern life and to encourage a life-long love and confidence with the subject.

Maths is a universal language, which helps to develop students’ numeracy, enables them to solve problems and encourages logical thinking.

Departmental Courses

  • GCSE Mathematics (AQA)
  • GCSE Statistics (AQA)
  • GCE Mathematics (AQA)
  • GCE Further Mathematics (AQA)

Who do I contact for more information?

Mr N Miller (n.miller@poolehigh.poole.sch.uk)

At Key Stage 3 we bridge the gap between the work that the students have covered in Middle School and the GCSE Mathematics course. The students study the key elements of Mathematics: Number, Algebra, Shape, Space, Measures and Handling Data. This time is also used to develop and enhance the students’ numeracy skills and we include a week long functional topic or problem solving project every half term. The students are assessed at the end of each half term with a view to highlighting and improving on any issues that have arisen. There is a major end of year assessment in the summer term, which helps us to identify progress and set the students into September.

Mathematics – CSE Mathematics

The Mathematics GCSE has a problem–solving focus which is designed to ensure a deep mathematical understanding. Students will develop an ability to tackle complex problems with logic, precision, creativity and clarity, ensuring students cultivate a range of transferable skills, and open many doors for the future. The GCSE provides students with a great range of topic areas to study and ensures that students are able to master the fundamentals of Mathematics.

At Poole High School, a team of specialist maths teachers guide students through the GSCE with enthusiasm and the expertise to build students’ confidence, resilience and passion for Mathematics.

At Key Stage 5 we offer courses that cover all abilities and enable students to further develop their Mathematics skills.

Core Maths

For those achieving a 5 or above - we offer the new Core Maths class. This has grown massively and is now one of the most popular 6th form choices. Core Maths is taken alongside 3 full A levels or BTEC equivalent, and is worth up to 20 UCAS points.

There has been huge demand from both employers and Further Education institutions for students to continue to study Maths post-16, to ensure they have the skills needed to access further education tasks in the workplace.

Universities and employers have spent years asking for a course like this. Core Maths develops real-world problem-solving skills, using Maths. Looking at finance, business, and getting students to use real-life data. The course encourages problem solving, and deep understanding of the problems - before using common sense and highly skilled Mathematics to work through to a solution. This course is ideal for anyone going on to study biology, psychology, sociology, geography, and many more subjects with subtler Maths elements that analyse studies.

Assessment Method

Core Maths currently runs over just 1 year and exams are sat at the end of year 12.There are 2 exam papers to sit. Future Opportunities and Careers Core Maths supports all sorts of A-levels: Social sciences (Geography, psychology, sociology, etc), the natural sciences (chemistry, biology, physics), and many other subjects including business studies.

A Level Mathematics

Mathematics is becoming a very popular course at Poole High School and it is regarded as a facilitating subject by Russell Group universities. As well as traditional areas of study the new specification includes working with a large data set and the use of programs such as Excel. Studying involves discussion, individual work, note-taking and independent research. Success in this course depends as much on hard work as ability and a high degree of self-motivation is required.

Year 1

Students will study pure maths, which includes algebra, trigonometry and calculus; these are essential skills for all areas of mathematics. The applied topics are divided into statistics and mechanics. Statistics is a major part of the course and involves drawing conclusions about real life by gathering and analysing information. It supports subjects such as biology, economics and business studies. Mechanics is the mathematics of structures and movement. It supports other subjects such as physics and design and technology and includes topics such as forces and Newton’s laws of motion.

Year 2

Students will develop their knowledge of all the above areas; in pure maths they will solve problems which bring together several techniques and will learn to prove results that they have been using. In statistics they will develop their knowledge of hypothesis testing, calculating whether or not there is evidence that a change in conditions or situation suggests that a probability or mean has changed. In mechanics students will apply methods from pure maths, such as calculus and vectors, to work with more complicated models of situations.

Assessment Method

There are three exams, each 2 hours long. The exams are Pure Mathematics 1, Pure Mathematics 2 and Statistics and Mechanics.

Future Opportunities and Careers

Mathematics is a highly regarded subject and opens up unlimited career possibilities. There is statistical evidence that people with mathematics A level earn significantly more than those without it. Mathematics degrees contain a broad range of disciplines; other related degrees are statistics, computing and combinations of these. Mathematics is a useful qualification to have if you want to study accounting, sciences, engineering, economics, business studies, medicine, architecture etc. Several of our students have gone straight into engineering apprenticeships.

A Level Further Maths

A-level Further Maths goes far deeper into the study of Mathematics. This is a course for those who love the subject, and want to explore some of Mathematics’ more complicated patterns and problems. Those taking Further Maths will also need to take A-level Mathematics. Further Mathematicians at Poole High School are given lots of support in a small class setting.

Whilst this course is a challenge, the large Maths department at Poole High School is more than prepared to support our students. We offer a substantial 11 hours of lessons per fortnight, with teachers offering help outside of lessons as well. There is a wealth of experience in the department, with different teachers specialising in Mechanics, Statistics, Algorithms, and Pure Maths. We have lots of teachers who are passionate and excited to work with you!

Further Maths is possibly the hardest A level available in the country! But with great challenge comes great reward. On the Further Maths course, we discover Complex Numbers – extending our number system to allow us to solve equations previously thought impossible! Further Maths should be studied by anyone with a love for Maths ; regardless of future plans. If you are a budding artist, football star, or anything in between and also have a fascination with Maths; Further Maths can still be for you! Further Maths covers some truly beautiful Maths, and helps to answer questions you never knew needed asking.

You will also cover matrices, vectors, proof, and many more beautiful topics. Due to the difficulty of the course, we specify that applicants must obtain a grade 9 at GCSE to study Further Maths A Level.

Assessment Method

Due to the special nature of the Further Maths course. We do offer students the opportunity to sit AS exams for Further Maths at the end of year 12. Further Maths is allowed to be taken as a 4th option, and then students are encouraged to focus on 3 A levels by year 13. The exams in Further Maths helps students make a decision whether to carry on Further Maths, or to ‘cash in’ their AS grade.

There are 3 AS exams, with the OCR(MEI) exam board: Core Pure (AS), Modelling with Algorithms, and Mechanics Minor.

At the end of year 13 there will be 4 exams: Core Pure, Modelling with Algorithms, Mechanics Minor, and Statistics Minor.

Future Opportunities and Careers

This A level is highly regarded by universities – and it is not uncommon for offers for course places to be lowered if they include Further Maths A level. Those students wishing to pursue studies in Maths, Physics, Engineering, or Computer Science will often benefit in their first year at university – as Further Maths covers much content that is used at undergraduate level.

GCSE Mathematics Resit

For students who have not managed to obtain a pass at GCSE Mathematics, we have two available paths to ensure all students leave our 6th form with a qualification in Mathematics. For students who achieved a grade 3 in year 11, they will attend and work towards a resit in GCSE Mathematics. For students with a grade less than 3, we will work towards a level 2 Functional skills Mathematics qualification. This qualification focusses on real-life problems, and the paper have a theme throughout them. The paper requires no algebra, but does still require problem solving and comprehension of problems.

Year 1

There will be dedicated lessons for all students doing our resit courses, to help prepare for the multiple exam windows. Once a pass is achieved, student can leave the resit course, and focus on their other qualifications in the 6th form.

Year 2

For those who do not manage to obtain a pass in year 1, we will keep working hard to get a result in year 2. Just as in year 1, as soon as a pass is obtained, student are no longer required to attend and can use the gained time to work on their other qualifications being studied in 6th form.

Assessment Method

For the GCSE there is a first opportunity to sit 3 GCSE papers in November. If this attempt does not result in a pass, then we will continue to work towards a pass for the summer exams in June. For Functional skills, there are multiple assessment points throughout the year, and staff will work with students to decide when entry.

Future Opportunities and Careers

Obtaining a level 2 qualification (GCSE or Functional skills) is very important to open doors to many future opportunities. These qualifications show employers that a student has problem solving skills, and are key to getting on to further courses.