The Mathematics department comprises of:

Darren Adkin (Head of Department)

Khadim Hussain (Second in Department)

Stephen Chippindale (Associate Assistant Headteacher)

Thomas Newman

Barbara Prinsep

Julia Oldroyd

Angela Whittington

The dynamic and forward thinking team has transformed mathematics A* – C pass rate from 18% to 64% over a period of ten years. Excellent progress is achieved throughout all abilities, this superb value added per student puts the department in high regard of many other schools in the United Kingdom and is one of the reasons it is frequently visited by other maths departments to observe excellent practice. The department works closely with Wakefield City Academy Trust to bring about improvement to a number of other high schools.

Excellent progress is achieved throughout KS 3 and KS 4. Year 9 SATs results have improved, level 5 + rising from 58% to 84% this year, level 6+ and level 7+ have also increased dramatically, indicating that the GCSE trend will continue in the future.

When extra support is required to enable vulnerable or struggling students to achieve their potential a programme of one to one tuition is often organised before or after the school day which forges good relations, increases confidence and produces rapid progress.

The department has a busy enrichment schedule to enable students to see the benefits of mathematics in business and real-life situations. The following activities have been organised/ attended within the last 12 months:

  • Mathematics Inspiration at the University of Leeds.
  • Why do A-level Mathematics? A general talk that outlined the benefits of studying maths.
  • A variety of enrichment lessons with a focus on functionality.
  • Love is in the Air. Mathematics and drama workshop.
  • Wildlife Survey at Wintersett Park.
    *Happy Puzzle Company Workshops.

In Year 7 students are streamed into 5 sets and they have 3 one hour lessons per week. Students build on their knowledge gained at KS 2 continuing work on Number, Shape, Space and Measures and Data but also start to learn concepts relating to Algebra.

Students complete assessments every four to six weeks to enable progress to be tracked which allows for targeted intervention. They also sit baseline tests during the first two weeks of September and again during July to measure the overall progress for the year.

In Year 8 students are setted on ability and also have 3 one hour lessons per week. As in year 7 they work on Number, Shape, Data and Algebra and also complete assessments every four to six weeks to monitor individual progress. GL tests are completed in July so the yearly progress can be calculated by a comparison with the end of year 7 tests.

In Year 9 students focus their efforts towards the SATs that are completed in April but a balance has to be achieved to allow a focus towards GCSE Mathematics. They now have 4 one hour lessons per week and continue to have their learning assessed every four to six weeks as in the earlier years.

In Year 10 students focus on completing the majority of the GCSE course and sit a mock examination based on a past paper in June. They continue to have 4 one hour lessons per week and be regularly assessed to enable intervention.

In year 11 students finish the GCSE course, focus on weaknesses outlined in their year 10 examination and complete another mock examination in December and again in March. These examinations form the basis of mini scheme of work to ensure gaps in learning can be overcome. Students are also encouraged to attend revision and booster classes after school to help realise their full potential.

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