Mr Thompson – Head of Department
Mr Temby – Second in Maths/Year 9 Co-ordinator
Mr Shinton – Second in Maths / Key Stage 5 Co-ordinator
Mr Gregory – Acting Assistant Headteacher
Miss Emery – Teacher of Maths/Curriculum and Data Manager
Mrs Harries – Teacher of Maths/Head of Sixth Form
Miss Edmunds – Teacher of Maths
Mr Medhurst – Teacher of Maths
Mrs Mills – Teacher of Maths
The Maths department aims to teach the subject so that students not only develop fluency with essential skills but also understand why important methods and techniques ’work’. Real-life contexts are used to impress upon students the immense power of the subject and the fact that without Maths, many things we take for granted (computers, mobile phones, the Internet, etc.) simply would not exist. The Key Stage 3 programme of study is taught in four discrete modules: Number; Shape and Space; Algebra; and Data Handling. At the end of each module, students are taught ’how’ to revise for examinations by developing the skills of note-making and condensing information. These revision sessions are followed by four end-of -module tests, which are largely based on past GCSE questions, ensuring that students become used to the various types of problems that they are likely to tackle in real life.
Students complete a three-year study for two separate GCSE qualifications: Mathematics and Numeracy. The structure is the same as Key Stage 3 to ensure continuity and consistency of methodology; four discrete modules are again delivered, followed by the application of revision skills and subsequent end-of- module testing. Again, the questions within these tests are from previous GCSE papers which ensures that students prepare for external examinations in an incremental fashion while at the same time allowing department staff to effectively target areas for improvement with individual pupils. Both qualifications mentioned above are assessed solely by means of external examination; there is no coursework element with- in the Mathematics GCSE specification.
Students follow the WJEC A Level specification. Six modules are delivered by staff members between whom there is much specialist knowledge. The content at this level builds on that studied at GCSE level and students are afforded the opportunity to study concepts that underpin almost every aspect of our daily lives, such as derivatives, the motion of objects and the in-depth analysis of quantitative data. Studying Mathematics at A Level makes you see the whole world in a different light.
“I like Mathematics because the teachers make difficult topics easy to understand” – Bryony McNulty
“I look forward to Mathematics because the teachers are always so positive” – Megan Rosser