Head of Department 
Mr A Meddins 
Teachers 
Mrs R Baker 
Ms L Bekker 
Mrs C Bone 
Mr A Chambers 
Mrs H Doyle 
Mrs A Edwards 
Mr M Gershenson 
Mr M Lewis 
Mr S Mace 
Miss F Moryc 
Miss E Murphy 
Mr J Ovens 
Miss R Sterlini 
Miss H Wickstead 
Miss R White 
The department has 13 full time specialist Mathematics teachers, enthusiastic about their roles and eager to embrace any modern developments arising in the subject area. All pupils study Mathematics in Key stages 3 and 4 and there are over 150 pupils studying AS or A level Mathematics in the Sixth Form.
The department follows the WJEC specifications for GCSE and A level. The results in all key stages are very good and significantly above the national average. The Department is situated on the ground floor of the School’s phase 1 building comprising of a suite of 11 teaching rooms, each with an interactive whiteboard. There is also a departmental base room and store cupboard for additional resources.
In key stage 3, pupils in Maths are grouped starting from the October assessment in Year 7. They are grouped according to ability based on recent and prior performance in tests. Pupils will be assessed periodically and classes will be reviewed to ensure pupils are grouped appropriately according to their ability and performance.
In key stage 4, pupils are set in Maths according to prior attainment and Key Stage 3 TA levels. The cohort is divided into two halves with 6 sets on each half. Class sizes will be smaller in the lower sets to increase the teacher to pupil ratio. Pupils will either sit the Higher or Foundation exam in Maths and the decision as to which paper the pupil will be entered for is usually made throughout year 10. Regular assessment and monitoring of performance may result in pupils moving groups to ensure appropriate levels of support.
Here is a snapshot of the topics taught throughout Key Stage 3.
Year 7  
Term  Higher  Foundation  
Autumn  First Half  Number patterns, Function Machines, Geometry, Probability, Scatter graphs, Number Work.  Number patterns, Function Machines, Geometry, Probability, Number Work, Scatter graphs. 
Second Half  Order of Operations, Directed Numbers, Symmetry, Coordinates, Algebra, Rounding, Estimation, Investigation.  Whole Numbers, Place Value, Negative Numbers, Symmetry, Algebra, Coordinates, Investigation, Rounding, Estimation. 

Spring  First Half  Decimals (+,,x,÷), Fractions (+,), Displaying data, Averages, Investigation, Arithmetic.  Decimals, Fractions, Displaying data, Averages, Investigation, Arithmetic. 
Second Half  Problem Solving, Metric Units, Area, Perimeter, Angles/parallel lines, Factors and Indices, Money, long multiplication and Division. 
Metric units, Area, Perimeter, Money, Time, Problems, Number work, Investigation, Long multiplication and Division.  
Summer  First Half  Percentages, Fractions (x,÷), Properties of Shapes.  Factors, Indices, Percentages, Shapes. 
Second Half  Volume, Algebra, Constructing triangles, Investigation, Rounding and Estimation.  Volume, Algebra, Constructing Triangles, Investigation, Rounding and Estimation.  
Year 8  
Autumn  First Half  Probability, Equations, Area, Number Work.  Probability, Expressions, Equations, Number Work. 
Second Half  Percentages, Area, Investigation.  Percentages, Area, Investigation.  
Spring  First Half  Squares, Roots, Polygons, Pythagoras’ Theorem, Averages, Enlargements.  Function Machines, Geometry, Averages, Enlargements, Polygons. 
Second Half  Ratio, Proportion, Graphs (Y=mx+c), Circles.  Ratio. Graphs (Y=mx+c), Long Multiplication, Long Division, Substitution.  
Summer  First Half  Volume, Scatter Graphs, Forming Equations.  Circles, Volume. 
Second Half  Corrected Values, Substitution, Travel Graph, Bearings, Trial and Improvement Investigation.  Average Speed, Trial and Improvement Travel Graphs, Investigation Constructions, Statistics. 
Here is a snapshot of the topics taught throughout Key Stage 4:
Year 9  
Term  Higher  Foundation  
Autumn  First Half  Fractions, Decimals, Rounding, Volume, Surface Area, Capacity, Density, Pyramids, Prisms, indices, Equations, Inequalities, Factorising.  Expressions, Equations, 2D /3D shapes and Nets, Area, Perimeter. 
Second Half  Substitution, Formulae Probability, Data Averages.  Percentages, Circles, Number skills, Indices.  
Spring  First Half  Quadratics, Expanding Brackets, Factorising, Trigonometry, Simultaneous equations, Circles and Cylinders.  Probability, Fractions and Decimals, Ratio and proportion. 
Second Half  Cones, Spheres, Dimensions, Similar Figures, Variation.  Geometry, Number Work, Percentage Applications.  
Summer  First Half  Transformations, LOCI, Bearings, Prime factors, LCM, HCF, Square numbers, Problem Solving.  Formulae, Number patterns, Sequences, Coordinates, Averages, Range, Volume, Approximations. 
Second Half  Straight Line Graphs, Inequalities in a Plane, Polygons, Trial and Improvement, Sequences  Estimation.  
Year 10  
Autumn  First Half  Fractions, Decimals, Rounding, Volume, Surface Area, Capacity, Density, Pyramids, Prisms, indices, Equations, Inequalities, Factorising.  Expressions, Equations, 2D /3D shapes and Nets, Area, Perimeter. 
Second Half  Substitution, Formulae Probability, Data Averages.  Percentages, Circles, Number skills, Indices.  
Spring  First Half  Quadratics, Expanding Brackets, Factorising, Trigonometry, Simultaneous equations, Circles and Cylinders.  Probability, Fractions and Decimals, Ratio and proportion. 
Second Half  Cones, Spheres, Dimensions, Similar Figures, Variation.  Geometry, Number Work, Percentage Applications.  
Summer  First Half  Transformations, LOCI, Bearings, Prime factors, LCM, HCF, Square numbers, Problem Solving.  Formulae, Number patterns, Sequences, Coordinates, Averages, Range, Volume, Approximations. 
Second Half  Straight Line Graphs, Inequalities in a Plane, Polygons, Trial and Improvement, Sequences.  Estimation.  
Year 11  
Autumn  First Half  Averages, Dispersion, Data, Frequency Charts, Histograms, Scatter graphs, Percent, Household bills.  Pythagoras’ theorem, average speed, travel graphs, Scale drawing, Bearings, Circles, Cylinders, Prime factors 
Second Half  Circles theorems, Sine rule, Cosine rule, Triangle.  Data, Straight lines, Trial and Improve, Units of measure, Time.  
Spring  First Half  Quadratic Formula, Straight line graphs, Inequalities in a plane, Curved graphs.  Angles, Polygons, Volume, Density, Scatter graphs. 
Second Half  Trapezium rule, Area under a curve, algebraic fractions, Vectors, Transformations.  Boundaries, Symmetry, Transformations, Inequalities.  
Summer  First Half  Graphs of Sin, Cos and tan, Select mathematical functions, Graphical sketching, Loci.  Curved graphs, Loci, Directed numbers, Everyday maths. 
Second Half  Exam revision.  Exam revision. 
There are three Mathematics groups in Year 12 and four Mathematics groups in Year 13. There is also a Further Mathematics group in each Year in the sixth form.
Discipline  Time Allocated  No. of Groups  
Mathematics Groups  Year 12  Year 13  
Pure Maths  3 Lessons  4  4 
Mechanics  2 Lessons  0  4 
Statistics  2 Lessons  4  0 
Further Mathematics Groups  
Further Pure Maths  2 Lessons  1  1 
Further Mechanics  2 Lessons  1  1 (if demand is met) 
Further Statistics  2 Lessons  0  1 
Combining various choices from these different disciplines leads to the following options:
Option  A Level Value 
Mathematics & Further Mathematics  2 A Levels 
Mathematics & AS Further Maths  1.5 A Levels 
Mathematics  1 A Level 
AS Mathematics  0.5 A Level 
All AS/AL Mathematics students attend the five Mathematics lessons indicated above. For AS level the students sit modules C1, C2 and S1, at the end of Year 12. For A level students the modules C3, C4 and M1 are taken in Year 13 and all six modules contribute to their overall result. The double Mathematicians attend nine lessons a Year and sit twelve out of the thirteen modules available.
Further details of these options are given in the WJEC A Level Specification and in the Mathematics section of the Sixth Form Options booklet.
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