You will start your GCSE course at the beginning of Year 9 and follow the Edexcel GCSE 2012 linear course specification 1MA01. Depending on your progress and ability you will study either the Higher or the Foundation course. 

The Higher tier grades available range from 9-3 and at Foundation from 5-1. You will be assessed through three examination papers one of which is a non calculator based paper, and 2 calculator based papers.

You will study topics in three main areas: number and algebra, geometry and measures and statistics. It will build on many of the skills you learned in years 7 and 8. You will find that exam papers are asking questions that are more often based on real life situations and therefore you will have to apply your maths skills to these tasks. Homework will continue to be set on mymaths or mathswatch, and on occasions homework may be paper based, for example exam questions.

Supporting Your Child

Parents are asked to encourage students to complete the weekly Maths homework which will be uploaded on either Mymaths or Mathswatch system, the class teacher will advise students which system to use. Students are asked to complete tasks to the best of their ability. Support sessions are offered in the maths department from the class teacher of Head of Faculty.

Mathswatch is a fabulous revision tool that supports work in lessons, homework and also as revision. During lessons, staff will refer to clip numbers and students can view these clips at home online. In addition to this Mathswatch provides excellent revision worksheets with answers on the site which are linked to the appropriate video clips.

We would ask that all students bring a calculator, preferably scientific to all maths lessons in addition to their usual equipment.

Parents can communicate with the maths department via email to the Head of Faculty or by phone with any comments or concerns.

Rushden Academy

Rushden Academy

01933 350391


KS3 Head of Years

Head of Year 7 - Mrs K Monkman

Head of Year 8 - Mr C Smith

KS4 Head of Years

Head of Year 9 - Mrs S Finney

Head of Year 10 - Mr S Harris

Head of Year 11 - Mrs A Gurnham

KS5 Head of Year

Head of Year 12 & 13 - Mr P Chapman

Deputy Head of Year 12 & 13 - Mrs A Owen

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Rushden Academy

Hayway, Rushden, Northamptonshire. NN10 6AG
Tel: 01933 350391
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