Mathematics & ICT
As one of the core subjects of the National Curriculum, every student is required to study Mathematics. Mathematics is the cornerstone for most of the lab sciences and many of the social sciences, but also teaches problem solving, logical thinking and the need to ask relevant questions, as well as being an interesting and challenging subject within its own right.
All courses provide students with stimulating, demanding and enjoyable Mathematics appropriate to their ability and future pathways.
The courses cover the appropriate Programmes of Study for Key Stage 3 and 4 from the National Curriculum for Mathematics. These can be partitioned into four main areas of study: Number & Algebra, Geometry & Measure, Statistics & Probability and Using & Applying Mathematics. The material covered depends largely on the age, Programme of Study and tier of entry for final Assessments.
At GCSE both Higher and Foundation Tiers are offered with both covering elements of Functional Mathematics. This ensures that students have the skills needed to use Mathematics in real life contexts. However, throughout all of the courses students are encouraged to develop an understanding of the relevance of Mathematics in the real world.
At A Level students have the opportunity to extend their study of Mathematics even further with AS/A2 Mathematics and AS/A2 Further Maths, the latter available for students with a real passion and love of the subject, as well as high achievement and attainment at GCSE. Students must complete the Core Units for their Level 3 courses, but have a choice of Mechanics, Statistics and Decision Mathematics for their Applied module.
ICT is used by all students of all abilities across the College both taught as a separate subject as well as used to enrich the Curriculum of other subjects. The different platforms on offer, Apple Mac and Windows PC, enable students to experience different software and applications.
The College has also been awarded MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTING SPECIALIST status. The award had been something that students, staff and parents had been working hard towards during the previous academic year. Specialist schools have a special focus on their chosen subject area, but continue to ensure that National Curriculum requirements are met and a broad and balanced education is delivered to all pupils. Specialist schools work with named partner schools for the benefit of pupils beyond their own school boundaries and with other groups of people in the wider community. For the students at Christ the King College, specialising in Mathematics and Computing will ensure that they are particularly well-equipped to compete for the new jobs that are created both locally and off the Island in Finance, Information and Computing Technology (ICT), Construction, Business and Engineering. As the Island’s only specialist school in Mathematics and Computing, Christ the King College will develop links with local businesses and extend parental choice, becoming a centre of excellence in its specialist subjects
The Specialist Schools Programme supports schools and Colleges, in partnership with private sector sponsors and supported by additional Government funding, to establish distinctive identities and raise standards for all students within the successful institutions. One of the requirements of achieving Specialism Status was for the College to raise £ 50, 000. Fundraising events by students, staff and parents helped raise the money ranging from sponsored beard shaving, an Auction of Promises evening, a member of staff completing the London Marathon, as well as money raised from the College Music Concerts and Production of Bugsy Malone, with additional sponsorship for the bid coming from various exciting and innovative technological programmes.
At the time of gaining the award, the then Leader of the Mathematics and ICT Directorate and Senior Leader of the Specialism, Mr Ryan Williams, says: “This is excellent news for the College and I am, understandably, very pleased to have the Specialist status. I would like to thank all those who contributed to the success of our application and now look forward to putting the plans into action.
Mr Roger Edwardson, Head of Isle of Wight Council’s Learning and Achievement Division says: “We are delighted that Christ the King College has been awarded this specialism for Maths and Computing. Christ the King College offers new opportunities for learners to excel in all subjects and this accolade benefits not only young people at the college but also has the potential to support other schools particularly in the aspect of mathematics which is a curriculum priority and in need of improvement island-wide.”
Pat Goodhead, Principal of Christ the King College, summed up the year by saying, “Christ the King College is a very special place. The students, staff, parents and governors have shown wonderful commitment to making the College such a success and I have every confidence that we will continue to go from strength to strength as a Christian Secondary School with Maths and Computing Specialism.”
Further information regarding the Mathematics and Computing Specialism can be found on the website as well as through the College VLE.
Mathematics is highly regarded across the College, complementing almost all other subjects, as well as being challenging, interesting and worth studying in its own right and for its own enjoyment!
Updated Dec 2012