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It is our aim to make Mathematics challenging, enriching and enjoyable. All members of the department have a keen enthusiasm for the subject, which we hope to communicate to students.
The department currently has seven dedicated rooms and all contain interactive whiteboards. We are fortunate to have new and up to date textbooks and a good range of practical equipment to support learning.
We subscribe to an online maths website called “Mathswatch” and students are encouraged to use this to develop knowledge and understanding. It is also a good source of revision material
Maths classes are set by ability which allows similar ability students to be taught at an appropriate pace. Through regular assessment students may move up or down a set as appropriate to ensure the teaching best matches the needs of the students.
Individual help for students, from all year groups, is available at lunchtime from 12.30 to 1pm each day and students are strongly encouraged to attend if they need help with any topic. In addition, there are a number of lunchtime and after school interventions sessions arranged to help students to achieve their target grades.
Students are expected to bring a geometry set and calculator to every lesson and these can be purchased in school at cost price. We recommend the Casio fx-83GT.
KS5 – Years 12 and 13
Students achieving at least a grade 7 at GCSE can go on to study for AS and A level Mathematics at our sixth form. Mathematics is a very highly valued AS and A level, by both Universities and employers. It is a challenging course but one which can support students’ studies in almost every other subject. All assessment is via written examination with no coursework component. Students will complete AS Mathematics at the end of year 12 and then A level Mathematics at the end of year 13. Year 12 also complete the Edexcel Award in Algebra, Level 3 in January of year 12.
Mrs C Wooldridge – Subject Leader for Mathematics
Mr A Pate – Maths Teaching and Learning Coordinator/ Emmaus Tutor
Mrs G White – Maths Hub Lead Teacher
Mr M Linney – Maths Hub Lead Teacher
Mr D Bullock – Assistant Principal
Mr P Challinor – Assistant Principal
Mr P Allen – Pastoral Lead
Mr R Harris – Emmaus tutor
Mrs J Ingram – Emmaus Tutor
Mrs N Dubois – Emmaus tutor
Mrs S Long – Emmaus Tutor
Mrs J Phillips – Emmaus Tutor
Mrs D Roberts – Emmaus tutor
Hegarty Maths (free registration needed)
Drop-in Maths support is available every lunchtime in Room C13.
Each year groups of students from years 7 to 13 participate in the annual UKMT Maths Challenges. This is a competition where students try to answer some multiple choice questions which are both intriguing and challenging. There are three levels, junior, intermediate and senior, with certificates for those who do well. The best students can also progress to the next rounds of the competition.
Students in years 12 and 13 have the opportunity to study for an additional AS level in Further Maths over two years as part of the enrichment programme. This AS qualification builds on the skills, knowledge and understanding set out in the whole GCSE subject content for mathematics and the subject content for AS and A-level mathematics. Year 12 have participated in a Higher Level Problem Solving Conference at Keele University.
Each year, a team of four students (2 from Year 12 and 2 from Year 13) compete in the UKMT senior maths team challenge at Keele University. This competition gives the students the opportunity to tackle a variety of engaging mathematical activities while developing teamwork and communication skills.
Each year, a team of year 12 students participate in The Engineering Education Scheme (EES) working with engineers on a real engineering challenge posed by a local company (JCB). The project lasts around 6 months and includes a 2-day residential stay at Birmingham University. Recently, students were asked to design a system to optimise the boom swing on mini-excavators. Their project was judged to be one of the best on display at “The Big Bang Fair” and they won the award for “Engineer of the Year” for the West Midlands region.