St. Olave’s follows the Edexcel course. The subject is assessed by three equally-weighted examination papers of 1.5 hours in length (two calculator papers and one non-calculator paper).
Mathematics is a linear subject: new work often depends on previous knowledge. A consistent effort throughout the whole course is therefore essential.
At the start of Year 9, students are placed in one of four sets. There are two parallel higher sets (1a and 1b) and two parallel lower sets (X and Y).
At the start of Year 10, students are placed in one of five sets. There will be two parallel top sets (sets 1a and 1b) and one middle set (set 2) and two smaller parallel lower sets (sets X and Y).
At the start of Year 11, students in the top two sets (sets 1a and 1b) are re-set into two non-parallel groups.
Full details of the GCSE Mathematics course can be found at www.edexcel.com.