Mrs E Elder – Subject Leader in Mathematics
Mr E Mensah – Assistant Subject Leader in Mathematics
Mr B Finan – Lead Mentor, Teacher Key Stage 3 – 5
Mr G Elder – Teacher of Mathematics
Miss N Ingram – Head of Year 8, Teacher Key Stage 3 – 5


The Mathematics department strives to enhance the Catholic ethos of the school by using the mission statement as the foundation for its work.  Each pupil is viewed as an individual with particular needs and the schemes of work are designed to provide stimulating and challenging tasks for all. The importance of community spirit within each class is emphasized as is sensitivity towards peers.  The pupils in our care should feel secure, respected and valued and be assured that effort is regarded as highly as academic achievement.  A truly successful pupil is one who has attained the highest academic standard that her ability allows whilst always working with honesty, integrity and a regard for Christian values.


To create a sensitively disciplined, stimulating and happy environment.

To present clearly defined goals which, while being challenging, are attainable, in some measure, by all.

To ensure that all pupils understand why such goals are important.

To enhance each pupils’ motivation to learn.

Courses Offered

There are five teaching sets in Year 7 to Year 11.  In Year 7 & 8, there are two parallel top sets 1 & 2, two parallel middle sets 3 & 4 and set 5.  The top four sets all have 24-32 students, but set 5 has less than 16 students, to allow them to get a greater amount of individual attention. In Year 9, the students are regrouped in five sets from higher to lower, based on their end of year examination results and their progress throughout the previous years.  They may remain in these sets until the end of year eleven, although their progress is continually monitored, both by the end-of-year exams and by informal assessments during the year, enabling set changes to be made, where appropriate.

Currently, in Key Stage 3, Year 7 is taught for seven fifty-minute periods each fortnight and Years 8 and 9 each have eight periods.  In Key Stage 4, the current Year 10 students have nine fifty-minute periods each fortnight and Year 11 currently have eight periods. Where possible, teachers remain with their sets throughout the school, enabling them to establish a sound knowledge of their students and, hence, adjust their teaching style to the students’ abilities.

The principle public examinations are the GCSE’s in year 11.  Students in Years 9-11 follow the Edexcel 1MA (linear) Mathematics syllabus.  For this course, the top three sets will take the Higher paper, enabling them to get a pass at grades 9 – 4. Set 5 will sit the Foundation paper enabling them to get grades from 5 – 1. In set 4, the decision to enter for the Higher or Foundation tier will be made at the discretion of the class teacher.

There are 2 groups of A-level students in each of Year 12 and Year 13. The minimum entry requirements for this course is a GCSE grade A or above. We may accept students with grade B if they are close to attaining a grade A and they are recommended by their subject teacher as suitable for the course.  The groups vary in size, but are usually limited to a maximum of twenty.

Options A and D – The Core Mathematics 1 and 2 modules are taught over eight fifty-minute periods in each fortnight and the Statistics 1 module for four fifty-minute periods in each fortnight.

We expect students to continue into Year 13 with Core Mathematics 3 and 4 and Statistics 2. Year 12 students will be asked to obtain at least a grade E in all three of their AS Exams to continue into Year 13.

Brief overview of KS3 curriculum & weblinks

We have recently changed our KS3 and KS4 Schemes of Work to accommodate the forthcoming GCSE curriculum changes. The content is broken down into units of work, consisting of Number, Algebra, Geometry & Measures, Probability & Statistics and Ratio & Proportion.

We have a class set of laptops for which we operate a rotation system.

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Brief overview of KS4 curriculum & weblinks

In preparation for the new GCSE course, we are now operating a three year GCSE course, starting at the beginning of Year 9, reinforcing and extending the knowledge from Key Stage 3.

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Brief overview of KS5 curriculum & weblinks

There are two groups of A Level students in each of Years 12 and 13. The minimum entry requirements for this course is a GCSE grade A.

The students currently study Core 1, Core 2 and Statistics 1 in Year 12 and Core 3, Core 4 and Statistics 2 in Year 13. We expect Year 12 students to obtain at least a grade E in all three of their AS examinations to be able to continue in Year 13.

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Examination Specifications
Click Here for the GCSE Maths Specification

Click Here for the A level Maths Specification

Resources within department

Mathematics is taught in a suite of five rooms – D1 to D5.  All of these rooms are equipped with an interactive whiteboard each.  The interactive whiteboards are used in various ways to enhance the teaching of Mathematics and are very handy for graphical representations for example. When appropriate, we use the laptops or computer rooms for teaching Mathematics through ICT.

Students are expected to provide their own basic equipment. Each pupil should bring the following items to each lesson: pens, pencil, rubber, sharpener, ruler, scissors, glue, protractor, compasses and a scientific calculator.  Year 7 students are expected to buy a Mathematics Pack containing all the basic equipment required and, also, a scientific calculator, if they do not already have one.  We encourage girls to buy the standard calculator offered (Casio Natural Display), as this has all the functions required for Mathematics throughout their time at the school.

GCSE Practice Papers and Mark Schemes

Paper 4H Set B mark scheme

Practice Paper 2F Set-C mark scheme
Practice Paper 4H Set C mark scheme
Practice Paper 1F Set B mark scheme
Practice Paper 3H Set B mark scheme
Practice paper 1F Set C mark scheme
Paper 3H Set C mark scheme

Practice Paper 1F Set D mark scheme
Practice Paper 2F Set D mark scheme
Practice Paper 1H Set D mark_scheme
Practice Paper 2H Set D mark scheme
Practice Paper 2F Set B mark scheme

Useful websites/links

(Promoting women in mathematics)
(Institute of mathematics)

(your Mathematics teacher will be able to give you the school’s username and password for this site as well as your own personal login details)

For yr7-10 (as from September 2013)
(includes some A-level standard
identities and formulae)