Meet the department:
 Ms S Connolly Director of Learning
 Ms H Bricknell Assistant Director of Learning and KS4 co-ordinator
 Ms L Rowe KS3 co-ordinator
 Ms C Judson KS4 intervention
 Ms V Ashworth KS3 intervention
 Ms Roddy Numeracy co-ordinator
 Mr M Tollitt
 Ms L McDonough
 Ms L Draper
 Mr G Preston
 Ms C Helme KS4 intervention teacher
 Ms P Mangan Teaching Assistant
 

All members of the department are subject specialists and are passionate about maths. Maths is an important subject and is used on a daily basis. We constantly strive to instil our passion for maths through our teaching to give our pupils the skills they need to succeed in everyday life.
A solid understanding of maths is highly regarded by universities and employers alike. We are enthusiastic about inspiring our pupils to achieve their full potential in maths and encourage them to continue studying maths at a higher level.

 

All pupils are placed in sets on arrival in year 7, either from 1 to 4 or 1 to 5 depending upon the pupil numbers within the year group. Pupils will have 3 lessons per week, during these lessons pupils will begin to develop their problem solving and reasoning skills which are needed for GCSE. The topics covered will be under the main headings of Number, Algebra, Statistics and Geometry.

 

In years 9, 10 and 11 pupils will study GCSE mathematics at either Higher or Foundation level depending upon individual progress and targets. Pupils will follow the Edexel GCSE Mathematics course and will sit 3 examinations at the end of year 11, forming 100% of the course.

During KS4 pupils will continue to build on their knowledge of Number, Algebra, Statistics and Geometry and also have a more in depth focus on problem solving within these topics.

 

Mathematics is offered to pupils at A Level, it is advised that pupils achieve a minimum grade of an A to ensure they are successful at A Level. Students will have 5 maths lessons a week split between two teachers who will cover different modules.

We follow the AQA specification and students will study the following modules over the course of the two years:

Year 12: Core 1, Core 2, Statistics 1
Year 13: Core 3, Core 4, Decision 1


Another course that is being offered at KS5 is Core Maths. This course is suitable for pupils who have achieved a C grade or higher at GCSE and want to continue with maths at a higher level without doing A Level maths. This course is designed to help pupils with applied maths and can be useful for pupils who are studying Psychology, Geography, Science and Business.

The course is the equivalent of doing an AS Level over two years, pupils will follow the AQA specification and will sit two papers at the end of the two years to form 100% of the course.

 

Modules that are covered throughout this course are:

Analysis of data
Personal Finance
Modelling and Estimation.
The normal distribution
Confidence intervals
Correlation and regression
 

Pupils who have not achieved a C grade at GCSE are required to resit their GCSE in years 12 and 13 until a C grade is achieved. Pupils will receive two maths lessons a week to help achieve this.

 
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Intervention support is provided across all years from 7 to 13.  The maths staff also run less informal sessions during lunchtime and after school for all year groups to help develop pupils understanding in maths and to offer extra support.

The timetable below details when these sessions are available.

 
timetable