Statistics

'There are three types of lies -- lies, damn lies, and statistics.” ― Benjamin Disraeli

Key Stage 4 

From football to F1 to Finance and Food, statistics permeate throughout our modern world. Even to look at your mobile phone usage will now mean you encounter some form of statistics.

Statistical analysis is a growing phenomenon and this can be seen through the links this course draws upon within the school curriculum. Subjects in science, computing, geography and business all use statistical techniques. By studying this subject, students are equipped with the skills and knowledge to thrive in our data-based universe.

So, prepare to be enthralled by the beauty of everyday facts and figures, debate the hidden meaning in the numbers and find out if we really can believe the headlines we read.

The examinations are by Edexcel Pearson and can be found here and consist of:

  • Paper 1 (1.5 hours)
  • Paper 2 (1.5 hours)

SMSC and British Values

There is a wide ranging and seemingly endless supply of statistics in our world. The opportunities presented by contemporary news and ethical issues are exploited in its fullest sense so that students can learn to question the validity of the numbers they are presented with, and be able to robustly and intelligently argue the true facts and myth-bust any alternative facts they may be presented with.

This has never been more important and pivotal to our democratic values and way of life, and our British values of truth, integrity, and respect are at the forefront of studies within statistics. The freedom within this course to choose relevant, contemporary issues can sometimes lead to emotive issues being discussed. This is done within an ethos of compassion, empathy and respect for all. We do not shy away from challenging contexts, and relish the opportunity to face some of the challenges our society is presented with today.