Not only is Mathematics an interesting and stimulating subject in its own right, but it also supports other subjects especially Science, Geography, Business Studies and Technology.

You will need the best qualification in Mathematics that you can achieve as you need to prove to future employers that you are numerate, in other words, that you can handle numbers.

The Mathematics course is structured in three levels throughout Years 7 to 9, Higher, Intermediate and Foundation. In Years 10 and 11 there are only Higher and Foundation levels. This means that it will be possible for you to transfer from one level to another as you develop and improve.

Department Staff

Name Position
Mr J Syed Head of Department
Mr N Stott Deputy Principal
Mr A Taylor Second in Department/KS5 co-ordinator
Mrs V Cook Lead Practitioner in Maths
Mrs B Ashton KS4 co-ordinator
Mrs H Smith KS3 co-ordinator
Mr S Tombling Mathematics Teacher / HOY
Miss R Welford Mathematics Teacher
Mr T Morris Mathematics Teacher
Mrs E Best Mathematics Teacher
Mr D Foster Mathematics Teacher
Mr J Whybourne Mathematics Teacher
Miss V Freer Mathematics Teacher
Mr O Gillbank Mathematics Teacher
Miss A Smallwood P / T Mathematics Teacher
Mrs L Yeoman P / T Mathematics Teacher
Mrs T Brown P / T Mathematics Teacher
Mrs A Cane Learning support assistant


The GCSE in Mathematics encourages students to develop confidence in, and a positive attitude towards, mathematics and to recognise the importance of mathematics in their own lives and to society. This qualification prepares students to make informed decisions about the use of technology, the management of money, further learning opportunities and career choices.

The GCSE in Mathematics qualification requires students to:

• Develop knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts, including:
⁃ Number,
⁃ Algebra,
⁃ Geometry,
⁃ Measures,
⁃ Statistics,
⁃ Probability

• Use their knowledge and understanding to make connections between mathematical concepts

• Apply the functional elements of mathematics in everyday and real-life situations

Student studying GCSE Mathematics.

Post 16 Mathematics

Post 16 'A'-Level Mathematics is split into two years. Both years follow the EDEXCEL modular course. Mathematics builds upon topics taken on the Higher GCSE course and also introduces calculus, a higher level of algebra.

The department also offers Further Mathematics, which includes further applied and core modules.

Pure Mathematics begins as an extension to the GCSE Higher Course. There is further work on graphs, algebra and trigonometry, plus new work on calculus i.e. differentiation and integration. The calculus becomes increasingly useful in Year 13 and can be applied to A level subjects such as physics, chemistry and biology. Hence these subjects go very well with A level mathematics.

The statistic work again is a continuation of GCSE Higher Maths. It includes probability, correlation, linear regression and the normal distribution. Students taking many A level subjects will need to know some statistics e.g. sciences, humanities subjects such as psychology and sociology. All in all, A level Mathematics is useful for nearly all students to combine with their other A level subjects and highly valued by universities.

Challenge Week

Years 7 and 8 have a Bookend/Challenge Week in July, where they spend three days completing Mathematical activities, competing against their fellow peers. These challenges include a Treasure Hunt, breaking and deciphering codes and a graphical maze activity.

Maths Mystery Bookend Challenge

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