Mathematics

Mathematics is essential in every walk of life: whether you are wallpapering, applying for a mortgage or deciding whether the pair of jeans that are in the sale are actually the bargain of the year or not!

The department aims to develop confidence, interest and enjoyment in mathematics. We use a variety of up-to-date teaching methods and resources to engage pupils and relate their mathematical knowledge to everyday life around them. The school subscribes to the mathematics website Maths Watch which allows pupils to access topic-based interactive lessons at home as well as school, and is used as revision homework for consolidating work completed in lessons and preparing pupils for the unit assessments. Our other homework tool focuses on recall, and is a standard weekly exercise consolidating the same topics over a term. Completion and assessment of these homeworks are recorded on School Synergy for parents and pupils to see.

All of our pupils follow the AQA 5-year programme of study in conjunction with the Collins Connect series of textbooks. The route maps for KS3, KS4 Foundation and KS4 Higher are all linked. These schemes of learning are written to reflect the Mathematics programmes of study for pupils in key stage three, and the reformed 9-1 GCSE in key stage four.


Level 2 Further Mathematics

Pupils in our top set GCSE class will be given the opportunity to study for an extra qualification in after-school tuition sessions. This course provides an excellent preparation for A-Level study of Mathematics. It is designed for those students who will to achieve grades 7 or above in GCSE Mathematics. The content covers the areas of algebra and geometry, and also introduces calculus and matrices and develops further skills in trigonometry, functions and graphs.


Enrichment

Within the Mathematics department, we are keen to promote enjoyment and excitement in Mathematics. Individual and Team challenges are coordinated by the UKMT and Further Maths Support Programme and extend and enrich Gifted and Talented pupils.

The UKMT Individual Maths Challenges are lively, intriguing multiple-choice question papers, which are designed to stimulate interest in maths in large numbers of pupils. The three levels cover the secondary school range 11-18 and together they attract over 600,000 entries from over 4000 schools and colleges.

The UKMT Team Challenges promote mathematical dexterity, team working, and communication skills. They also give pupils the opportunity to compete against pupils from other schools in their region. The team challenges are currently available for Years 8, 9, 10, 12 and 13 pupils.


Staff

  • Miss R Kelly - Head of Mathematics
  • Mr M Dickinson - KS4 Co-ordinator
  • Mr R Cheshire - Assistant Headteacher
  • Miss H Morgan
  • Mr G Stratton
  • Miss E Harrison
  • Mrs R Procter
  • Mr W McManus
  • Mrs C Whistlecroft
  • Mrs S Martin


Purpose and Provision

Download a copy of the Mathematics Departments Purpose and Provision document here.