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 examinations 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.

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.


Extra-Curricular Maths 

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
Teacher Mrs Vivienne Heath BEng (Hons) PGCE
Teacher Mrs Lisa Gibbs BA (Hons) PGCE
Teaching Assistant Mrs Elizabeth Wallace MA (Hons)

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