Students figure out maths exams

PUBLISHED: 14:49 24 January 2008 | UPDATED: 15:38 11 May 2010

ADDED VALUE: From left, Anna Tobiss, Lauren Chapman and Olivia Clayson.

ADDED VALUE: From left, Anna Tobiss, Lauren Chapman and Olivia Clayson.

INNOVATIVE teaching methods at The Meridian School in Royston have paid off, with pupils taking GCSE maths exams early, and achieving outstanding results. In November, 151 students (88 per cent of the year group) sat GCSE maths exams seven months early. M

INNOVATIVE teaching methods at The Meridian School in Royston have paid off, with pupils taking GCSE maths exams early, and achieving outstanding results.

In November, 151 students (88 per cent of the year group) sat GCSE maths exams seven months early. More than 70 per cent achieved a higher (A* - C) grade.

Head teacher Dr Michael Firth said: "As a maths and computing specialist college we are keen to develop innovative approaches to the teaching of maths.

"Students who wish to study A-level maths in the sixth-form college will now be starting their courses.

"Other students will be studying statistics GCSE, and for some, specialist coaching is planned to improve grades.

"These are outstanding results for outstanding students and teachers."

Meanwhile, 650 students at the school took part in a conference last week which sought their views on the future direction of the school.

The pupils discussed topics such as teaching and learning, positive behaviour, and student motivation in workshops facilitated by staff.

Dr Firth said: "The day was very successful and students contributed valuable ideas and opinions and are keen to see some of these put into place."

Head girl Emma Highton said: "It was a fantastic opportunity to bring all the students together to shape the future of the whole school."

# BUSINESS-minded students from a Royston school are having a ball organising an event for the town.

Sixth-formers from The Meridian School are putting on a winter ball as part of their leisure studies and business studies courses.

There will be a silent auction on the night with prizes donated by local businesses.

The Winter Ball is an over-18s event and will take place at The Meridian School on Saturday, January 26 from 8pm-midnight.

# Tickets will cost £15 each and are available from the The Meridian School office on 01763 242236.

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