The overall aim of the Maths department is to encourage students to enjoy Mathematics and to nurture their confidence in the subject. Students learn to think and communicate mathematically - precisely, logically and creatively. Importantly, they also learn to use their mathematical knowledge and understanding to solve problems outside the classroom.
Years 7, 8 and 9
Students are arranged into sets in the first term of Year 7. The sets are reviewed every term (parents are called if their daughter is to move sets).
We use a wide range of teaching methods and resources, ranging from investigation and practical work, to computer- and calculator-assisted study, as well as teacher-led learning. The focus in every lesson is on mathematical fluency, problem-solving, progression (and fun!)
All students study the Edexcel GCSE 9-1 syllabus and sit the GCSE Mathematics examination in the summer of Year 11. There is no coursework.
All students in sets 1 and 2 sit the GCSE Statistics examination in the summer of Year 10. Coursework is completed in the summer term of Year 9 and is worth 25% of the final mark.
For more information about the current GCSE syllabus, please download the latest St Mary's GCSE Options Guide:
Learning Beyond the Classroom
Students are set written and online homework every week. The online resources offer students extra practice (with automarking) and a chance to reflect on their learning. Online apps can be downloaded onto tablets and smartphones so students can access their homework wherever there is wifi access.
Students in set 1 take part in the Junior and Intermediate Mathematical Challenges at the appropriate stage. Every year a number of students are selected to compete in the Olympiad Competitions. We run a number of clubs catering for all ages and abilities, including Chess Club and Cipher Club
|Head of Mathematics
||Mr Anthony Varela BSc (Hons) PGCE
||Mrs Vivienne Heath BEng (Hons) PGCE
||Mrs Lisa Gibbs BA (Hons) PGCE
||Mrs Elizabeth Wallace MA (Hons)