The Mathematics Department at Woodkirk Academy prides itself on the academic progress and achievement made by all the students we teach. We are a team of 16 dedicated specialist teachers working together to enhance the life chances of our students in every way. We are proud of our students’ achievements at both GCSE and A Level. At GCSE the progress made was in the top 25% of centres Nationally, with over 65% of our students in Year 11 achieving a grade 5 or higher. Again, at A Level, results were in the top 25% of centres Nationally, with 64% of our students achieving a grade A*-B and the A*-E pass rate was 100%. Progress scores for both Core Maths AS level and Further Maths A Level were in the top 10% of centres Nationally and students achieved 47% and 100% A*-B respectively.
In Year 7, we work closely with our colleagues in Primary schools to ensure that we consolidate and quickly extend what the students have learned at Key Stage 2. We aim to promote an enthusiasm for the subject in them early on in their time at Woodkirk, challenging them to think in every lesson. At the same time, we offer both a supportive and nurturing environment, enabling students of all abilities to progress, and additional support to those arriving in Year 7 who may not have securely met all of the Key Stage 2 curriculum objectives.
Students build on their foundation formed in Year 7 when they enter Year 8, and we start introducing more topics and increasing the complexity of the work they complete. We want all our students in Key Stage 3 to start high school with a positive and enjoyable experience of maths, so creativity and challenge are built into our delivery wherever possible.
Students start their Key Stage 4 studies in Year 9 and will prepare for their final exams throughout Years 9, 10 and 11. Students in all years are taught in groups set by ability. This enables learners across the ability range to make the best progress they can and be nurtured in the best way by the staff that teach them.
The most popular course to study at Sixth Form is A Level Maths, with students also having the opportunity to study Core Maths AS Level and Further Maths at either AS or A Level.