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An exemplar virtual lesson from Mr Adams, Head of Mathematics


About the Faculty

The Mathematics faculty is a strong faculty, achieving excellent results when compared to similar schools locally and nationally. We have 7 full-time and 2 part-time teachers within the faculty as well as a dedicated numeracy team comprising of 2 members. The faculty is one that aims to be outstanding in everything that it does and is built on mutual support, with members of staff often going out of their way to share resources, help with classroom management and how to help students make the best progress they can. There is also commitment to improving as individual teachers as well as a team working together. The faculty is well resourced with 8 classrooms, all with interactive whiteboards and speakers, four visualizers and Qwizdom controllers There is a separate Maths office, equipped with kettle, microwave and fridge meaning the faculty spend lunchtimes together which helps foster a spirit on unity within the team. 

Key Stage 3

In Year 7, all students have 7 lessons over the fortnightly timetable. In Year 8, students in sets 1 and 2 have 6 lessons over the fortnight with students in sets 3 and 4 taught 7 lessons. All follow a structured Maths Curriculum based on the Medium Term Plans linked to the National Framework for Teaching Maths. Students are set by ability by September of year 7 and regularly assessed to monitor progress. 

Key Stage 4

Our students begin their GCSE course in year 9 and complete linear Edexcel GCSE Maths at the end of year 11. There are 8 classes in Years 9 to 10 set by ability.  All classes have 9 lessons over the fortnight.  There is the option for top students in Year 11 to take the Foundations of Advanced Mathematics Qualification as a bridging unit for AS level.  

Key Stage 5

We have one A Level Mathematics group in year 12 and one group in year 13. In addition, we also offer Further Maths A Level in years 12 and 13. We follow the Edexcel 2 year A Level course. 

Extra Curricular 

The faculty spend a large amount of time willingly supporting students through revision sessions, from Years 10 to 13.  At Key Stage 3, students have the opportunity to use the lunchtime homework club to support them with their progress.  We have also been able to run a number of clubs over the past few years, including code breaking, puzzle and chess clubs. In addition, we have been able to enrich the experience of Mathematics for Years 7 and 8 through visiting Techniquest and Cadbury World and bringing the Enigma project and Hands-on Maths roadshow to our school. Our top achieving students are also entered for the Maths challenges and a number of our most able Year 7 and Year 10 students have the opportunity to take part in a Mathematical team competition with other Catholic secondary schools in Birmingham.

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