The Team:

We are delighted to have two new faces in the department to join Mr Hailwood in the Mathematics department.

Mr HailwoodStudied Mathematics and Statistics at Lancaster University. Brought up in Lancashire he recalls skipping every other question, in Mathematic, set by his Primary School Teachers in order to keep pace with an abler pupil in the class. Moving onto Secondary School he now often tells pupils how the revision he set himself during the Christmas of Y11 was a major factor that allowed him to achieve above his target grade at GCSE.

Miss Brady – Maths has always been my favourite subject from Primary School where I would practice my times tables at speed, right through to A level.  I intially trained as a Primary Teacher but chose Maths a specialist subject and I would soon realise that this is where I wanted to develop my teaching career.  I moved into Secondary and my love of Maths returned as I worked with small groups and individuals who were just below the GCSE pass grade.  The best bit of teaching Maths is bursting the myth that Maths is always difficult – it’s not!  Most of the time it makes perfect sense and my favourite moments are when students figure this out for themselves.

Mr Williams – Mr Williams studied Physical Education and Mathematics at The University of Chester. He lived in Cwmbran, Wales where he developed his flair for Mathematics. He has taught Mathematics in four schools offering his expertise to a range of abilities but more than anything he enjoys creating a can do attitude in all his students. That is the buzz.

10 Reasons Why We Love Mathematics:
  1. It feels great when you get the answer right!
  2. It gets your brain working and challenged.
  3. You can be great at it without having to be loud or too energetic.
  4. Everybody can learn it — mathematics is a universal language.
  5. There is usually a right or wrong answer. So you can see where you have made a mistake easily.
  6. It helps you with making better financial decisions.
  7. It has loads of links with other subjects and aspects of life.
  8. It helps us solve lots of different real life problems.
  9. It can get really competitive.
  10. It changes the way you think about things.
The Curriculum (what you learn about):
Quotes to get you thinking…

Numbers and the Number System – “We all have special numbers in our lives, and 4 is that for me. It’s the day I was born. My mother’s birthday and a lot of my friends’ birthdays, are on the fourth; April 4th is my wedding date.” – Beyonce Knowles.

Calculating – “The results of philantrophy are always beyond calculation.” – Mary Ritter Beard.

Algebra – “What if our Mathematics teachers are really pirates and they are using us to find the ‘x’.” –  Anonymous.

Shape, Space, and Measure – “The way you measure it is more important than what you measure.” – Art Gust.

Handling Data – “If you torture the data long enough, it will confess.” – Ronald Coase.

Using and Applying Mathematics – “I advise my students to listen carefully the moment they decide to take no more mathematics courses. They might be able to hear the sounds of closing doors.” – James Caballero.

Assessment how?

There are 3 exams at the end of Year 11. Each 1 hour 30 minutes. Paper 1 is Non-Calculator while Paper 2 and 3 are both Calculator Papers.

Exam Information:

Exam Title: Mathematics A – Linear (1MA1)
Exam Type: GCSE
Exam Board: EDEXCEL