The mathematics department consists of eight well-qualified, full-time subject specialist teachers. The department has six specialist mathematics classrooms, all of which are equipped with SMART interactive whiteboards.
We aim to provide all pupils with a broad and balanced mathematics education that adequately equips them for further education and the world of work. As a department, we are committed to delivering the mathematics curriculum effectively, using a variety of media and teaching styles which engage pupils and enable them to achieve their full potential.
We have integrated problem solving, multi-cultural and PSHE tasks into the curriculum both at key stage 3 and 4, promoting the use of mathematics in the world around us. We have also embedded literacy activities into each fortnightly unit of work to promote literacy across the curriculum. These skills have become increasingly important in the new GCSE.
Key Stage 3
Year 7 are taught in their main teaching groups (H, L, G, R, E, N1 and N2) which are banded groups based on pupils’ year 6 English and mathematics SATs results. Year 8 are set according to mathematical ability and there is opportunity for movement between sets at key times through the year if necessary. We track pupil progress based on whether they are meeting the learning objectives appropriate for their ability.
Key Stage 4
Pupils are set into their GCSE maths sets at the start of year 9; sets 1 to 5 generally study the Higher tier, and sets 6 to 8 study the Foundation tier. Pupils follow the Grade 1-9 Edexcel Linear 1MA1 course which is split into Higher (grades 4-9) and Foundation (grades 1-5). There are three papers in this examination; a non-calculator paper (worth ⅓ of the marks) and two calculator papers (worth ⅓ of the marks each) to be sat at the end of year 11. There is no coursework or controlled assessment.
Some pupils in year 11 will also be entered for an Entry Level maths qualification.
High ability pupils are entered for the Junior (years 7 and 8) or Intermediate (years 9, 10 and 11) UKMT Maths Challenge; this is a national multiple choice problem solving exam run by the University of Leeds. Each year a group of year 9 pupils compete against other schools in the South Area Network Maths Competition. Year 9 pupils also have the opportunity to enter the Edge Hill University competition. Pupils across KS3 are involved in maths activities and competitions during the Hall Green Games at the end of the summer term.