As a Mathematics and Computing Faculty, our motto, philosophy and work ethos is ‘Every Child Counts’. We work closely as a team and always share ideas and resources. We aim to develop and encourage the ability in our students to work independently during lessons and have high expectations of their own ability to apply their mathematical skills. We are a dynamic team and we believe that our students make progress due to our consistent praise and encouragement. We have a high profile within the school and lead in Teaching and Learning.
“Good maths skills are the best protection against unemployment, low wages and poor health.” Andreas Schleicher, OECD
Mathematics equips children with a uniquely powerful set of tools to understand and change the world.
These tools include logical reasoning, problem-solving skills, and the ability to think in abstract ways.
As such, mathematics is a creative discipline. It can stimulate moments of happiness and wonder when a child solves a problem for the first time, discovers a more efficient solution to a problem or suddenly sees hidden connections.
Throughout history, mathematics has shaped the way we view the world. The early study of astronomy demanded the expansion of our understanding of mathematics and made possible such realisations as the size and weight of the earth, our distance from the sun, the fact that we revolve around it, and other discoveries that allowed us to move forward in our body of knowledge without which we would not have any of our modern marvels of technology.
Mathematics remains as important today. Many life stages and skills require a solid grasp of mathematics,from entering university to balancing a household budget, applying for a home loan, or assessing a possible business opportunity. When children eventually leave education and seek out a career, they will inevitably
need to call upon the mathematical skills and strategies they have learnt at school. They will soon realise that many careers require a solid understanding of maths. Doctors, lawyers, accountants and other professionals use maths on a daily basis, as do builders, plumbers, engineers and managers. Maths is a
critical skill for many professions and opens a world of opportunity for children.
Faculty Staff (September 2017)
- Robert Holbrook – Head of Faculty
- Chris Bent – Second in Faculty and Head of Lower School Maths
- David Fowles – Maths Intervention Coordinator
- Ruth Burden – Head of A-Level Maths
- Alan Carroll – Teacher of Maths
- Chris Deane – Teacher of Maths
- Sue Budworth – Teacher of Maths and SENCO
- Helen Clash – Teacher of Maths
- Heather Walsh – Teacher of Maths
- Katherine Wheatley – Teacher of Maths
- Tom Simons – Teach of Maths
- Helen Norton – Teacher of Maths
- Adrian Cottle – Head of Computing
The application of mathematics is widespread in everyday life, even in areas which we may not be aware.
The new GCSE curriculum reflects this with a new increased emphasis on contextual questions and problem
solving rather than just the recall of mathematical methods. We also offer the Core Maths qualification for
A-level students who do not wish to take a full Maths A-level. This new qualification is based around every
day mathematics rather than the more “pure” style of mathematics traditionally taught in schools.
Across all year groups we offer a wide variety of enrichment activities including:
- UKMT Junior Maths Challenge (Years 7 and 8)
- UKMT Intermediate Maths Challenge (Years 9 and 10)
- UKMT Senior Maths Challenge (Years 11, 12 and 13)
- Further Maths GCSE
- Number week
- Multiplication Bee
- Finance Day
- Royal Institution Mathematical Masterclasses
- Maths Inspiration Lectures
- FMSP Maths Feast Competitions
- Taking Maths to the Limit Lectures
- Cypher Challenge
- Wells Mathematical Circle
- Alan Turing Cryptography Challenge
In Mathematics students are supported by their teachers inside and outside lessons. Students with SEN Gifted & Talented Students receive a variety of opportunities to extend their learning including the As part of the Leap curriculum we also offer Maths Clinics to support students across different year groups
will receive additional support according to their needs. Staff use a variety of teaching methods to support
different styles of learning.
opportunity to study Further Mathematics at GCSE level.
with their current studies. These sessions can be regularly attended or used as a “drop-in” for students.
In Mathematics students are supported by their teachers inside and outside lessons. Students with SEN
Gifted & Talented Students receive a variety of opportunities to extend their learning including the
As part of the Leap curriculum we also offer Maths Clinics to support students across different year groups