Mathematics reveals hidden patterns that help us understand the world around us. This is much more than arithmetic and geometry, mathematics is a diverse discipline that deals with data, measurements, and observations from science. Mathematics teaches inference, deduction, and proof; helping us model natural phenomena, human behaviour and social systems.
‘Mathematics is one of the most essential emanations of the human spirit, a thing to be valued in and for itself like art or poetry.’
Oswald Veblen, 1824
Our aim as a Mathematics Department is to ensure that students are:
Able to read, write and verbalise their Mathematical knowledge to transfer their skills into other subjects;
Able to enjoy the subject, whilst learning in an environment that is safe, structured and creative;
Challenged to an appropriate level so that all students achieve their full potential.
There are currently nine full-time members of staff working in the department.
Mr C.Rice – Director of Maths/Assistant Headteacher
Mr Z.Alisauskas – Assistant Director of Maths in charge of KS3
Mr K.Sherlock – Assistant Director of Maths in charge of KS4
Ms L.Murphy – Whole School Numeracy Coordinator/Assistant Director of Maths in charge of KS5
Miss A.Finlay – Vulnerable Cohorts Coordinator in Maths
The department teaches the full range of ability for pupils aged 11 to 18. It follows the National Curriculum for Mathematics. The department is strongly in favour of grouping pupils predominantly according to their attainment and ability, but always taking into consideration other academic indicators (e.g. SATs scores, reading ages etc) and their social interaction with other pupils and staff.
Year 7: Pupils are set in two bands of four sets that are created on information received from their Primary schools. They receive three x 1 hour lessons per week.
Years 8 and 9: Pupils are set in two bands of four sets that are created on information received from their Primary schools and internal assessments. They receive three x 1 hour lessons per week in year 8 and four x 1 hour lessons per week in Year 9.
Years 10 and 11: Pupils are set in two bands of four sets that are created on information from their internal assessments. In Year 10, they receive four x 1 hour lessons per week. The top six sets are entered for Higher GCSE Mathematics and the bottom two sets are entered for Foundation GCSE Mathematics. All pupils follow the EDEXCEL course.
Years 12 and 13: The department offers both Maths and Further Maths at KS5. The department also teaches GCSE re-sit courses. All pupils follow the EDEXCEL course. In Year 12, Maths students study C1, C2 and S1 and In Year 13, they study C3, C4 and M1. Further Maths students in year 12 study FP1, D1 and D2, and in Year 13, they study FP2, S2 and S3. All students studying Maths or Further Maths in Year 12 and 13 are timetabled for 5 hours in lessons.
The department has full sets of the following textbooks which are issued to all pupils to match their needs. As well as these, all pupils are encouraged to purchase appropriate workbooks, revision guides and revision CDs.
MyMaths website is used regularly in lessons and to set homework tasks for all pupils from Year 7 to Year 11. Students have full access to MyMaths at home via their school logins. Students also have access to ebooks at home.
The Department has a bank of laptops and ICT is used as and when appropriate.
Extra Curricular Activities and Support
- After school revision for Year 12 and Year 13 pupils
- After school revision for Year 11 pupils
- Lunch time booster for Year 7, 8 and 9 pupils
- Saturday Revision for GCSE and A level pupils
- One-to-One lessons for underachieving pupils
The department takes part in Project Based Learning, Specialism Week and Skills Days, and Gifted and Talented Competitions:
- UKMT Maths Challenge
- World Maths Day
- East London Maths Challenge
- Kings Factor Club
- KS3 Masterclass