Category Archives: Core

Excellent work in Year 10 English presentations

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all students in Year 10 for their efforts in preparing for the individual presentations in English Language. Both myself, the department and the Senior Leadership Team have been mightily impressed with the mature attitude that has been displayed. We have listened to many engaging and ambitious speeches. The pupils have done themselves proud and taken the task seriously. 

Well done!
Mr. Kuck
Head of English

GCSE Maths & Numeracy Exam info for Year 10

Important Dates in Maths

Our current year 10 pupils will be sitting GCSE Numeracy and GCSE Maths in November 2017. The dates of the external exams are listed at the bottom. In preparation for this they will all be involved in mock exams to be held in October 2017.

Set 1 will be sitting higher tier and set 2 intermediate tier (with the option of then sitting higher tier the following summer). Set 3 will be sitting the intermediate tier and sets 4 and 5 the foundation tier (with the option of then sitting the intermediate tier the following summer). It is anticipated that the majority of pupils will re-sit these exams in the summer of 2018 in order to improve their grades. When pupils re-sit they always keep their BEST grade.


Nov 6th GCSE Numeracy – Unit 1 (Non-Calculator) (1¾ hours)

Nov 8th GCSE Numeracy – Unit 2 (Calculator) (1¾ hours)


Nov 10th GCSE Maths – Unit 1 (Non-Calculator)

Nov 13th GCSE Maths – Unit 2 (Calculator)



Year 10 – Maths and Numeracy

The following letter was sent by Mr Fisher – Head of Maths to all parents and carers of year 10 students this week.

Dear Parent

Many of you will know that GCSE Maths is changing in Wales. Our current year 10 cohort are following the new GCSE Maths specifications in which pupils sit two Maths GCSEs. These are entitled ‘GCSE Numeracy’ and ‘GCSE Maths’. GCSE Maths is similar to the current exam in many ways but GCSE Numeracy is quite different. It is essentially a test of numerical reasoning in which pupils are presented with a range of information and need to extract and use the relevant data. Pupils in year 10 have already had considerable practice in this area (using the RUCSAC technique).This exam will test the resilience of pupils as well as their mathematical knowledge and techniques.

As GCSE Numeracy is a new exam we intend to enter the entire cohort for these papers next November in order to give them an early exposure to this new exam. All pupils will then sit the other GCSE Maths exams the following summer. At that time they will also have the opportunity to retake GCSE Numeracy in order to improve their grade. Each exam will have three tiers. Higher tier will cover grades A*-C, Intermediate tier grades B-E and foundation tier grades D-G (with a C grade available for exceptional performance). There will be 2 papers in each GCSE one of which will be a non-calculator paper.

Further details will be available from your child’s subject teacher in the year 10 parents evening on February 25th. Should you have any further queries about these exams please feel free to contact me at the school, on extension 241.

Yours Sincerely

Ray Fisher  (Head of Mathematics)

English Department Everest talk

On Monday 21st October Mr Angus Ruddle visited the English department to speak to Year 10 pupils about his successful expedition to summit Everest.  The presentation was linked to the Non-fiction Reading unit in the GSCE controlled assessment portfolio.

Mr Ruddle, a vascular surgeon, described the treacherous conditions of the expedition.  He explained the dangers posed to himself and his fellow climbers by prolonged exposure to high altitudes.  Pupils were captivated by some amazing pictures of beautiful mountain ranges and Mr Ruddle spoke about the terrifying “Death Zone.”  He included some footage of the famous South Col. and “Hilary Step”, the latter of which comprises the most technical climbing of the whole ascent.

Pupils and teachers alike were fascinated by the details of his dangerous venture.  The mood was lightened slightly when Mr Ruddle mentioned how his 64 year old mother had made the journey to Basecamp to celebrate his successful summit and descent!