The Mathematics Department is a forward thinking and innovative department committed to raising standards in teaching and learning. All colleagues are hard-working, share an enthusiasm for the subject and inspire each other with new ideas and initiatives.
Aims: To enable students to discover the joy and beauty of Mathematics and to be confident in applying Mathematics in the real world.
The Department aims to enhance the teaching and learning of Mathematics and to inspire and develop mathematical curiosity in students. It is believed that to actively involve the students in their learning will help to foster independence of thought and informed planning. Each teacher endeavours to provide a variety of experiences and activities which encourage creativity, enthusiasm and an excitement for Mathematics.
Curriculum and Assessment Maps
The Mathematics Department consists of the following staff:
- Mrs L Osborne (Head of Department)
- Miss L Stanley (Second in Department)
- Mrs J Kendall (Deputy Head)
- Mrs B Emmrich (Year 11 and 12 Pupil Achievement Leader)
- Mr P Crockford
- Mrs S Wolstenholme (acting Second in Department)
- Ms M Waqar
- Mrs P Kaur
- Mr C Twine
- Miss Whittock
The department has eight full time Teachers of Mathematics, one of whom holds responsibility as a Deputy Head. All work together extremely well as a team and are very supportive to the Head of Department. Under the direction of the Head of Department members share responsibility for the progress of girls throughout Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 and the Sixth Form. The second in department is responsible for coordinating and overseeing KS3.
In Year 7 and 8 pupils are taught in five equal ability tutor groups each of 32 girls. The Mathematics Department has written its own comprehensive scheme of work in line with National Guidelines but with a considerable amount of extension material. In addition the girls complete a number of short investigations and problem solving activities to help them improve their functional skills in Mathematics. All the pupils follow the same scheme of work and are tested on a regular basis throughout the year and in addition they have an end of year examination. The year 8 results are used to place the girls in ability sets in Year 9.
From Year 9 onwards the pupils are taught in ability sets with each set covering the same scheme of work. The lower sets have a smaller number of pupils so they are able to receive more individual help where necessary.
In Year 9 the students begin the OCR Specification J560 GCSE course. The scheme of work is based on the content of the Essential Maths Higher GCSE textbook but is supplemented with other material where necessary. All girls take the same tests throughout the year and the same end of year examination. These results are used to adjust the setting for Year 10.
In Year 10 and Year 11 the girls continue preparation for GCSE.
All girls take the same tests throughout the year and the same end of year examination. These papers will be of the style of the GCSE papers and will contain actual GCSE questions. The results from year 10 are used to adjust the setting for Year 11. It is departmental policy not to make unnecessary changes to the teaching groups at this time, continuity with the same member of staff is considered to be important at this time. However changes in sets will be made if it is deemed to be beneficial to the student.
Students in set 1 and 2 will be extended beyond the GCSE specification using material from the OCR Additional Mathematics Qualification (FSMQ).
Results at GCSE are consistently excellent.
Mathematics is an extremely popular option in the Sixth Form. Usually there are ninety or more girls who study A Level Mathematics and a further 12 who also study Further Mathematics. We follow the MEI Structured Mathematics Specification H645 for Further Mathematics and AQA Mathematics Specification 7357 for Mathematics A Level. There are five teaching groups who study the single A Level. Those students who choose to study Further Mathematics form a separate teaching group.
Results at both single A Level and Further Mathematics A Level are consistently excellent.
The Department has six large teaching rooms in the main building and one in the Sixth Form block. All rooms have a computer, ceiling mounted projector and eBeam software so the whiteboard can be used interactively. In addition, the computer network throughout the school allows pupils access to a wide variety of mathematics software. All girls in the Sixth Form who study mathematics are advised to purchase their own graphical calculator for individual use. We use an extensive range of mathematics software on a daily basis for class demonstrations and individual use by students. Staff and students also have unlimited access to these online resources:
mei.org.uk (for Sixth Form Mathematicians).
How can parents help?
In Mathematics, you can best help by being interested and encouraging your daughter to talk about the work in which she is currently engaged.
Whenever possible, you should encourage your daughter to:
- Read the teacher comments on written work and act upon them.
- Review her work frequently.
- Use the text book to consolidate classroom learning.
- Follow the advice given in her purple assessment book, assessment sheets clearly highlight specific topics for improvement.
- Make revision materials at the end of each topic.
- Speak to her class teacher if further explanations or help is needed.
- Attend Maths club.
- Attend support sessions when necessary.
- Use Dr Frost or MEI (A-level) websites for extra support or to practice techniques.
- At GCSE and A’ level, work through lots of past papers before the examinations and carefully read the mark schemes and examiner’s report.
- Make use of the revision materials on Moodle.
The department has enjoyed a great deal of success at GCSE and A Level. Results have been excellent and consistent over many years at all levels and the large number of girls choosing to study mathematics in the Sixth Form has been maintained due to the high success rate at GCSE. Many of the girls have gone on to study Mathematics or Mathematics related courses at university, including Oxford and Cambridge. Mathematics can open the door to some very exciting degree courses and careers….