The Mathematics Department is a forward thinking and innovative department committed to raising standards in teaching and learning. All colleagues are hardworking, 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.
Staffing
The Mathematics Department consists of the following staff:
 Mrs L Osborne (Head of Department)
 Mr D Marrott (Second in Department)
 Mrs J Kendall (Assistant Head)
 Mr P Crockford
 Mrs B Emmrich (Year 12 Pupil Achievement Leader)
 Miss S Gilks
 Miss L Stanley
 Ms M Waqar (Maternity Leave)
The department has six full time Teachers of Mathematics, one of whom holds responsibility as an Assistant 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.

Curriculum
Mathematics

Year 7
Autumn Term 1
–Decimals and Bidmas
Pie Charts
Intro to Probability
Units and Area
– Fractions and Mixed Numbers
– Introduction to Algebra
– Asessement (Test)
– Ice Cream InvestigationAutumn Term 2
Calculating Angles
– Percentages
– Exapanding Brackets
– Substitution
Symmetry
Avearges
Coordiantes
–Translation
– Asessement (Test)
Xmas InvestigationSpring Term 1
–Powers, Prime Factors
–Straight Line Graphs
Quadrilaterals
Solving Equations
Rotations and Reflections
Asessement (Test)Spring Term 2
–Data Collection Investigation
Directed Numbers
Substituting of Negative Numbers
Travel Graphs and Speed Calculations
Sequences
ConstructionsSummer Term 1
–Probability and Sample Spaces
Convert Fractions to Decimals
Area and Perimeter of Circles
Solve Harder Equations
Mixed Number Work
Area of Other Shapes
Ratio
End of Year 7 Exam (2 papers, 1 Calculator, 1 noncalculator)Summer Term 2
–Conversion of Units
Loci
Parts of a Circle
Writing expressions
Volume and Surface Area of Cuboids
Recurring Decimals
Formulas 
Year 8
Autumn Term 1
–Scale Drawings and Bearings
Algebra
Decimals and Fractions
Angles
Sequences and Solving Equations
Pythagoras
Stem and Leaf Diagrams
Drawing Views
– Assessment (test)
– EnlargmentAutumn Term 2
–Negative Numbers
Volume
Perfume Investigation
Scatter Graphs
Percentages
Plotting Graphs
Recurring Decimals
Assessment (Test)
InvestigationSpring Term 1
–Significant Figures and Estimating
Transformations
Solving Harder Equations
Congruence
Percentages
Quadratics Brackets
Averages for Frequency Tables
Assessment (test)Spring Term 2
–Investigation
Inequalities
Interior Exterior Angles
Probability of Two Events
Error BoundsSummer Term 1
–Simultaneous Equations
Compound Calculations
Area/Perimeter of shapes involving Circles
End of Year 8 Exam (2 papers, 1 Calculator, 1 noncalculator)Summer Term 2
–Direct and Inverse Proportion
Percentage Error and Reverse Percentage
Trigonometry
Questionnaires
Formulas 
Year 9
Autumn Term 1
GCSE Unit A Work:
C1: Number and Problem Solving
–C2: Expressions
C3: Statistics
C4: Linear Equations
Asessement (Test): InvestigationAutumn Term 2
C5: Ratio
C6: Statistics 2
C7: Geometry
C8: Algebra
Assessment (Test): InvestigationSpring Term 1
C8: Algebra (part 2)
C9: Measures
C10: Trigonometry
Assessment (Test): InvestigationSpring Term 2
C11: Statistics
Revision of Unit A for Year 9 Test
Year 9 Maths exam (2 papers, 1 Calculator, 1 noncalculator)Summer Term 1
GCSE Unit B Work:
C 1: Properties of shapes
C2: Fractions, decimals and percentagesSummer Term 2
C3: Indices, decimals and surds
C4: Straightline Graphs
Investigation
Assessment (Test) 
Year 10
Autumn Term 1
Unit B Part 2:
Transformations
Inequalities
Similarity
Congruency
Unit B Part 2 Test
Functional Skills Investigation: Tubes
Unit B Part 3 5:
Simultaneous Equations
VectorsAutumn Term 2
Circle Theorems
Scatter diagrams and time Series
Unit B Part 3 Test
Functional Skills Investigation: Bowland
Christmas ActivitiesSpring Term 1
Unit C Part 1:
Algebraic Manipulation
Perimeter, area, volume and 2D representation
Trial and Improvement
ProbabilitySpring Term 2
Probability
Graphs
Unit C Part 1 Test
Functional Skills Investigation
Unit C Part 2:
Measures
Percentage and Proportional changeSummer Term 1
Percentage and Proportional change
Standard form and using a calculator
Unit A and B Revision
End of year Exams (Unit A and B)Summer Term 2
End of year Exams (Unit A and B)
Standard form and using a calculator
Similarity
Factorising
Algebraic Fractions
End of year Activities 
Year 11
Autumn Term 1
Solving Quadratic Equations
Unit C Part 2 Test
Unit C Part 3:
Three dimensional geometry
Further TrigonometryAutumn Term 2
Functions
Further Algebraic fractions
Unit A, B, C Revision
Mocks Unit A, B, C (parts 1,2,3)Spring Term 1
Unit C Part 4:
Simultaneous equations
Further Graphs
Proportion and variance
Length, area and volume
Unit C Part 4 TestSpring Term 2
Revision and Past Papers
Summer Term 1
Revision and Past Papers
Summer Term 2
Summer Exams

Year 12
Autumn Term 1
Core 1:
Basic Algebra
Quadratic Equations
Simultaneous Equations
Test – Basic Algebra
Coordinate Geometry
Polynomials and transformations
Statistics 1:
Exploring Data
Data presentationAutumn Term 2
Test – Core 1 (4,5)
Statistics 1 ( 1, 2)
Core 1:
Binomial expansions
Errors and inequalities
Indices and Surds
The Language of Mathematics
Statistics 1:
Probability including Conditional
Discrete Random Variables
Core 2:
Logarithms and Exponentials
Core 1 Revision for MockSpring Term 1
MOCK – Core 1
Core 2:
Sequences and Series
Differentiation
Statistics 1
Permutations and Combinations
Binomial DistributionSpring Term 2
Core 2:
Integration
Trigonometry
Further Differentiation and Integration
Statistics 1:
Hypothesis Testing with Binomial Dist
Test – Core 2Summer Term 1
Revision Core 1 , Core 2, Statistics 1
Test – Statistics 1
AS Exams
Test – Statistics 1
Revision Core 1, Core 2, Statistics 1
AS ExamsSummer Term 2
AS Exams
Core 3:
Natural logarithms and Exponentials
Differentiation
Functions 
Year 13
Autumn Term 1
Core 3:
Functions (continued from year 12)
Integration
Test – Core 3 (Parts 13)
Proof
Statistics 2
Bivariate Data
Poisson DistributionAutumn Term 2
Core 3 Coursework
Core 4:
Algebra
Trigonometry
Statistics 2:
Normal Distribution
Core 3 Revision for MockSpring Term 1
MOCK – Core 3
Core 4:
Trigonometry
Further Integration
Differential Equations
Statistics 2:
Samples and Hypothesis TestingSpring Term 2
Core 4:
Differential Equations
Parametric Equations
Vectors
Test – Statistics 2
Core 4 ComprehensionSummer Term 1
Revision Core 3, Core 4, Statistics 2
Test – Core 4
Revision Core 1 , Core 2, Statistics 1


Additional Information
KS3
In Year 7 and 8 pupils are taught in four 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 five Mathematics sets but each set covers 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 A 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.
KS4
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.
Sixth Form
Mathematics is an extremely popular option in the Sixth Form. Usually there are eighty or more girls who study A Level Mathematics and a further 15 who also study Further Mathematics. We have followed the MEI Structured Mathematics specification for many years and it has proved to be very popular with excellent results. 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 excellent.
Rooming/Resources
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: www.mymaths.co.uk www.mei.org.uk (for Sixth Form Mathematicians).

How Can Parents Help?
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 assessment folder, 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 MyMaths or MEI (Alevel) 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.

Where Next?
Where Next?
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….