Mathematics is without a doubt one of the most important subjects studied. You should be able to count on your mathematical ability in all walks of life. Mathematics isn't just numbers.... it's about thinking skills too. Good mathematicians are logical thinkers and problem solvers. Mathematicians are essential to make society function well.

Les Quennevais School's Mathematics Department want all students to take up the challenges within Mathematics with confidence and enjoyment. We strive to provide a variety of teaching and learning styles so that each student can maximize his or her potential.

The Department consists of 5 specialist Mathematics teachers. The department is well equipped with a range of textbooks to suit different abilities and learning styles as well as hands-on resources for practical and interactive tasks. We have an open door policy - students are encouraged to ask a member of the department if they are struggling with a particular topic and drop in sessions are available after school Monday to Wednesday. Some students have the chance to take part in the National Mathematics Challenge, run by Leeds University.

Who's who?

  • Mrs. Williams - Mathematics Subject Leader
  • Mr. Cox - Second in Department
  • Mrs. Sarbu - Maths Teacher
  • Mrs. Priestley - Maths Teacher
  • Mr. Foglietta - Maths Teacher

The Curriculum

Key Stage 3

Students in Key Stage 3 follow a modular course, using the National Numeracy Strategy. Each module focuses on one of the attainment targets in the National Curriculum: Number; Algebra; Shape, Space & Measure and Handling Data. There are 3 programmes of work in each year group: Extension, Core and Support. This enables children to work at a level appropriate to their ability. The approach to learning is a 'spiral' effect. Topics will usually be covered at least twice during any year, but building on the experiences previously encountered. Pupils will be presented with a wide variety of experiences and tasks to develop and enhance their mathematical understanding.

Students are placed in sets from the start of Year 7 using the information from their Primary schools and students' progress is closely monitored and classes are re set as appropriate.
Homework will be set twice a week as either a consolidation task of work currently being studied or a revision task of a previous topic.

Key Stage 4

Students officially start their GCSE course. We run a linear course, with their exams in the June of Year 11 - level of entry will depend on what set your child is in. We follow the AQA GCSE exam syllabus. The students will be entered for either the Higher tier (grades available A*-D) or the Foundation tier (grades available (C-G). Revision classes are held each year prior to the GCSE exam. We will enter those students who are struggling with the demands of the GCSE syllabus for the Entry Level Functional Mathematics Certificate.

Career Progression

In the world of work, the importance of mathematics is unquestionable. For example, it is the key to science and engineering; it is indispensable in commerce; and it is used increasingly in the everyday services we rely on in our modern society. If you enjoy mathematics, you may find that the opportunities for using it in your career are wider than you ever imagined. The range of jobs where a mathematical background is desirable is vast. A small number of areas are indicated: engineering, finance, genetics, insurance, radiotherapy, operational research, physiotherapy, operational research, physiotherapy, pharmacy, IT, statistical analysis, psychology, electronics, surveying, science, geology, economics and management. A recent survey by the London School of Economics stated that employees with A-level mathematics earned on average 10% more than the rest of the population. A degree in mathematics can mean an average of 20% higher earnings.

Key Stage 4Wikipedia: Key Stage 4 is the legal term for the two years of school education which incorporate GCSEs, and other exams, in maintained schools in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland—normally known as Year 10 and Year 11 in England and Wales, and Year 11 and Year 12 in Northern Ireland, when pupils are aged between 14 and 16.