Homewood School & Sixth Form Centre, Ashford Road, Tenterden, Kent. TN30 6LT
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Mathematics

The Homewood Maths Department consists of a large supportive team of specialists with a positive outlook and high expectations of the students.   This positivity is rewarded with a steady growth in our students’ results year on year and we expect 2014 to be no exception.

Our GCSE Maths follows the Edexcel Linear course and students are entered at one of two levels at the end of year 11, Higher or Foundation.  The Higher paper covers grades from A* to D and the Foundation paper covers from C to G. The exams are taken in May/June each year.

Our A Level students follow the Edexcel Modular course split over two years.  For year 12 the AS covers Core 1, Core 2 and Statistics 1 then for Year 13 they complete the A Level with Core 3, Core 4 and Decision 1.   If taking Further Maths they also include at Year 12 Further Pure 1, Statistics 2 and Mechanics 1 together with Further Pure 2, Statistics 3 and Mechanics 2 in Year 13.  Students are given the option to study other modules in place of Statistics 3 or Mechanics 2 if required.

All exams are taken in May and June of each academic year.

To enable all our Key Stage 3, 4 and 5 students to obtain the most from their studies, we also offer a range of extra curriculum after school clubs and revision sessions as detailed below:

  • For KS3: We have sessions on ‘Using your I-pad to improve maths’ and ‘KS3 Revision and help with homework’ these sessions run after school on Wed/Thurs
  • For KS4: GCSE Revision sessions are run by most of our Maths staff on Thursday after school and there is also a further opportunity for Saturday morning/ Half Term Holiday revision sessions.

Further details of these are available from:  c.thorp@homewood.kent.sch.uk

  • For KS5: There are various drop-in revision sessions available throughout the week and our A level teachers are always happy to advise students with any questions.

We have a Chess Club on Thursday lunchtime, available for all students and staff, beginners or the more experienced who wish to play.

In addition we also have resources available for the students, including a CD containing a self marking set of exam papers, mini video clips specifically targeting key topics and past papers together with mark schemes.   Our previous GCSE students have found this to be an excellent revision tool.

We expect all our students to be prepared for their Maths lessons and bring with them suitable equipment including sharp pencils, rulers and pens.  For the exams we try to provide a Maths pack for each desk but would ask that each student brings along 2/3 black pens and for the Calculator exam we recommend the Casio FX-85 GT-Plus, an excellent and easily attainable scientific calculator.

The Maths Department has an open door policy and welcome any enquiries from students and parents alike.

The exam dates for 2013/14 Academic year are as follows:

GCSE Non calculator Higher Monday 9th June 2014 9am
Foundation Monday 9th June 2014 9am
Calculator Higher Friday 13th June 2014 9am
Foundation Friday 13th June 2014 9am
GCE AS/A Level Core 1 Monday 19th May 2014 9am
Core 2 Thursday 22nd May 2014 9am
Mechanics 1 Friday 6th June 2014 1pm
Further Pure 1 Tuesday 10th June 2014 9am
Statistics 1 Tuesday 10th June 2014 9am
Decision 1 Thursday 12th June 2014 1pm
Core 3 Monday 16th June 2014 9am
Core 4 Wednesday 18th June 2014 1pm
Statistics 2 Tuesday 24th June 2014 9am
  • All GCSE exams are taken in the Sports Hall, except for those students with Access Arrangements.
  • For GCE exams a board with room details will be displayed outside the Mansion on the morning of the exam.