Subject Leader: Miss Z Drewett
The Mathematics department continues to be judged as outstanding, based on the department review in 2019/20.
Miss Drewett and Mrs Webster are both second in charge. Miss Drewett has overall responsibility for Years 7/8/9 as well as Key Stage 5. Mrs Webster has overall responsibility for Years 10 and 11. Mr Patel is the Key Stage 3 leader, Mrs Hurley the leader for Year 9 and the MAGT provision for Year 7 is overseen by Miss Young. Miss Young work closely within the KS5 team looking at numerous development strategies, resource creation, assessments and the structure and detail of the curriculum. Ms Chevalley is the Curriculum Support Officer for Maths and Mrs Grime, Mrs Stanley, Mrs Karkare, Mrs Kenny, Mrs Burt and Mrs Grady are Learning Support Assistants who work within Maths.
The department is well resourced with 18 teaching rooms, 4 of which are dual purpose and allow staff to use computers/laptops with the students if required. Creating a positive and vibrant learning environment within the department is something that all members of the maths team strive for.
The department, led by Miss Drewett, are proud to be 'outstanding', however they are still determined to further drive up standards through the sharing of good practice. This is a very hard working and committed team who are supportive of each other, with a 'can do, will do' attitude.
Support periods continue to be used very effectively to offer targeted support and interventions to students who need this; this is critical for exam success. The range of Maths Surgeries on offer is an example of this.
Throughout all key stages, there is clear monitoring and tracking of student progress. MIPs (Maths Intervention Plans) are embedded into the intervention procedures and these are excellent in giving students support on specific topics.
Teaching and learning is outstanding as confirmed by lesson observations and learning walks. Strengths of these lesson observations include concept development and mastery (key developments) and self discovery, the challenge and support in place, the high quality planning and delivery of lessons and the excellent student attitudes and behaviour.
Exam results in 2019 were excellent.
85% of students gained a grade 4+ which exceeded the aspirational targets that were set. 41% of students achieved a grade 6+.
In Maths, 96% of the students obtained an A*- E with 74% of the students obtaining an A*- C and 33% of the students obtaining A*/A. At A2 Further Maths, 100% of the students obtained an A* - C with 63% obtaining an A*-A.
Students’ Views and Attitudes
The attitude and behaviour of students within maths is outstanding. Relationships between staff and students is very positive. Students feel supported in their mathematics education and are appreciative of the extra support that their teachers offer. Uptake at all Maths Surgeries and intervention sessions is consistently high across all year groups.
In September 2019, 20 of our Year 13 cohort went to university to complete a maths or maths related degree.
There are many enriching activities that take place within the maths department, below are a few of these:
UKMT – a national maths competition for the more able students. Students take part in both individual challenges and also team competitions.
The Puzzle Company - a activity run by the excellent Puzzle Company. It involves the presentation of fun and educational 'hands-on' problem solving activities.
Number Day - a fun, nationwide maths fundraising event for Year 7 and 8 that helps raise money to support the NSPCC.
Maths Week - an annual event where all students have the opportunity to be involved in maths trails, maths in other subject areas, in-class competitions and numerous other engaging activities throughout the week.
This is as well as a Maths Inspiration trip, Maths Club, Maths Surgeries for all Year groups and outside speakers for KS5 and many other activities.
Embedding the work done so far to ensure the new GCSE scheme of work provides all necessary resources, activities and opportunities to ensure student understanding is at its highest.
Work on developing the GCSE statistics course which started last year and will now be involving students in Year 9 and Year 10.
Work on preparing the new level 2 course in Further Maths which starts this academic year.
Ensure the changes within the KS5 curriculum are embedded into the scheme of work and that all new content is researched and resourced appropriately. Use of previous results to ensure this is done as effectively as possible.