Department Aims

Our aim is for all our students to acquire a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject.  In order to do this they must be able to:

In order to help us achieve “mastery” for all, we will be spending far longer teaching key topics, such as place value, fractions and ratio and proportion in year 7 & 8. Prior knowledge will be ascertained to ensure pupils are consistently building upon their current understanding. Throughout both key stages differentiation will be via depth and enrichment activities rather than moving onto new materials.

In years 7 & 8 children are encouraged to physically represent mathematical concepts. Objects and pictures are used to demonstrate and visualise abstract ideas, alongside numbers and symbols. Mathematical concepts are explored in a variety of representations and problem-solving contexts to give pupils a richer and deeper learning experience. We use manipulatives (apparatus such as cuisenaire rods and bead ropes) in maths lessons to help support students in their conceptual understanding. You may see diagrams in your child’s book in the place of more formal algorithms.  We encourage students to discuss their reasoning in lessons as this can help formulate their answers. Discussing their work at home and asking them to explain techniques used in their books would support your child in securing their knowledge and may also enlighten many parents as to new methods of approaching problems.

Programmes of Study

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9 2017 Foundation

Year 9 2017 Higher

Year 10 2017 Foundation

Year 10 2017 Higher

Year 11 2017 Foundation

Year 11 2017 Higher


We believe that a child’s ability is not fixed or innate, but can be developed through practice, support, dedication and hard work. We encourage a love of learning and resilience and believe that with this everyone can achieve.

Marking and Assessment

Please access the link to our current Assessment Policy.

Exams taken

As of 2017 we will be sitting the AQA new GCSE paper which will be 1 calculator and 2 non calculator papers. The new GCSE Maths specification has approximately a further 35% additional content from the previous course.

A foundation paper will give access to grades 1-5, the Higher to grades 4-9 (though a grade 3 may be awarded to a student who is very close to, but below, the grade 4 boundary.

Staff list

Miss A Johnson - Curriculum Leader for Mathematics

Miss J Bland - Joint Assistant Curriculum Leader for Mathematics

Mr A Crampton - Joint Assistant Curriculum Leader for Mathematics

Mr J Altham - Teacher of Mathematics

Ms V Barwick - Senior Assistant Headteacher

Mr J Brennand - Teacher of Mathematics

Mr C Johnson - Teacher of Mathematics

Mr N Markopolousis - Teacher of Mathematics

Miss M Pisirici - Teacher of Mathematics

Mr C Snell - Teacher of Mathematics

Miss C Taylor-Reeve - Teacher of Mathematics

Mr D Wright - Teacher of Mathematics

Extra-curricular activities

How parents can support their children

There is a lot of content to cover at KS4. It is therefore essential that every student is consolidating and underpinning their understanding by practicing further at home. Please encourage your child to work for at least an additional hour each week reviewing prior work to enable them to become independent learners. Revision sessions will run after school but these should be in addition to homework and self study.