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Clair Alderman

Mrs. C. Alderman

Director of Learning Maths

Welcome to Mathematics

The Ferndown Upper School Mathematics Department is one of the best (if not the best) in Dorset. We are extremely proud of the quality of lessons and learning that takes place , and our excellent results year after year.

Our main focus is on enjoyment in lessons. We use a wide variety of teaching methods and resources. There are lots of practical tasks, puzzles, quizzes and games. Students are regularly assessed so that we can build on their knowledge and provide help with any weak areas.

We are passionate and committed, as a team, to help our students to achieve their full potential at Ferndown Upper School.

Mr. K. Martinez

Deputy Head of Maths

Mr. A.

Assistant Head of Maths

Miss. M. Annetts

Maths KS3 Coordinator

Mr. P.

Maths Teacher

Mr. M.

Maths Teacher

Miss. A.

Maths Teacher

Miss. D.

Maths Teacher

Miss. J. Pearson

Maths Teacher

Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4

For key stage 4 we use the Edexcel exam board. The curriculum spread out across years 9, 10 and 11. You would normally have 4 lessons of maths each week, and a homework task. We will assess your key skills (number and algebra) three times a year to make sure you are making the right amount of progress. You will also have formal written tests each half term so see where you are with the concepts and in terms of grades.
If you fall behind for any reason we will give you extra help.

Key Stage 5

A Level Maths: Edexcel exam board, entry requirement Grade 7 in Maths GCSE.

A Level Further Maths : Edexcel exam board, entry requirement Grade 8 in Maths GCSE.

AS Level Core Maths : AQA exam board, entry level requirement Grade 5 in Maths GCSE.

Equipment Requirements

Years 9, 10 and 11

All students need to have a protractor, a pair of compasses and a scientific calculator ( casio Classwiz fx-83GTx)

Years 12 and 13

A Level candidates need a Casio Classwiz fx-991EX

Careers in Maths

Almost all jobs need maths to some extent. If you really love maths then the following will make interesting reading!

Labour market information

Good mathematicians are in short supply so you can earn  a really high wage ! The workforce is projected to grow by 5.7%over the next few years. For more info try the LMI web site

Learning Pathways

If you want a career that uses maths you can take A Level Maths and A Level Further maths in the 6th form, or AS Core Maths. You can then do a degree in maths at university followed by a masters.

  1. Auditor: £70,500

 Auditors examine and prepare financial records while checking for their accuracy, then explaining their findings to key stakeholders. Internal auditors check for mismanagement of an organization’s funds and identify ways to improve processes for eliminating waste and fraud.

  1. Data or Research Analyst: £83,390

Data analysts use advanced mathematical and analytical methods to help businesses investigate complex issues, identify and address inefficiencies, and make strategic, data-driven business decisions.

  1. Computer Programmer: £84,280

Computer programmers write and test code computer application and software program code. These professionals update and expand existing programs, check programs for errors and fix faulty lines of code.

  1. Medical Scientist: £84,810

Medical scientists form hypotheses and develop experiments, often using clinical trials and other investigative methods to research their findings. A medical scientist who performs cancer research may experiment with a combination of drugs that could slow a cancer’s progress, for example.

  1. Financial Analyst: £85,660

Financial analysts evaluate investment opportunities in banks, pension funds, mutual funds, securities firms, insurance companies, and other businesses.

Maths Curriculum