Hello, my name is Glenys Cross and I am Head of Mathematics. I am keen that the department builds on its success and continues to improve on the high standards already set.

At Key Stage 3, Years 7 and 8, all students begin their 5 year journey towards Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Mathematics, due for first examination in June 2017.

In Years 9, 10 and 11 students study towards either Foundation or Higher (9-1) GCSE.

At each key stage there are six areas of mathematics studied:

• Number;

• Algebra;

• Ratio, proportion and rates of change;

• Geometry and measures;

• Probability;

• Statistics.

For the most able Year 11 students, as an additional GCSE, students study towards an Edexcel Level 3 Award in Algebra, a higher award than a GCSE where students are graded as either Pass or Fail. It is an excellent course for those wishing to study mathematics at a higher level when they leave Passmores Academy. This year the course started In June 2015 and is a one hour lunchtime commitment from students and myself per week. As a department, we strive to maximize the mathematical potential of every student. We aim to teach high quality lessons that will enable students to appreciate and enjoy mathematics. Students are encouraged to speak to staff when they require extra help, particularly with homework and we provide a number of extra-curricular sessions for our department to facilitate this collaboration.