Maths

The Mathematics Team

Mr David Lee - Head of Mathematics

Ms Lisa Jacques – Assistant Head of Mathematics (Year 9 Co-ordinator)

Miss Jones – Mathematics Teacher and Year 9 Strategy Leader

Miss Stephanie Lambert – Head of Year 7 and 8 (Primary Liaison) 

Mr Nick Grundy - Assistant Head of School – Mathematics

Mrs Diane Harding - Mathematics Teacher

Miss Rachel Leigh – Mathematics Teacher and Deputy Head of Derwent

Mrs Nicki Garrett – Mathematics Teacher

Mrs Rebecca Hines – Mathematics Teacher

Mrs Ann Johnson – Mathematics HLTA

How Mathematics is organised at Dormston School?

We follow a 5 year framework for Teaching Mathematics with a strong mastery approach directly aligned to the Kangaroo Maths Schemes of work. In accordance with the National Strategy we aim to develop both mental and written mathematical skills.

Our scheme mirrors the requirements of the new 1-9 national curriculum and includes number and algebra, geometry and measures, statistics together with mathematical processes and applications. Students are regularly assessed on their learning which informs their next steps.

In year 11 our students currently take the Edexcel 1MA1 GCSE Mathematics examination. Students sit three formal examinations at the end of the course.  There is no coursework but the examinations include elements of ‘functional skills’ and the final grade will be between 9 and 1.

Year 7 is split into two bands with each band containing 3 or 4 tutor groups. For the first half term they are taught essential numeracy skills. After the October half-term they are put into sets based on their raw KS2 results. If a pupil has not taken KS2 exams or their school does not provide the raw scores, we will use the numeracy test that all pupils sit at the end of the first half term to place them.

Being placed in a lower set does not mean that a pupil is not good at mathematics; it merely reflects their relative position on entry in an intake of nearly 200 pupils. Some pupils and parents find the initial setting to be a worry, especially if a child was one of the best mathematicians in a small primary school but we have found that the only fair way to allocate starting sets is to use the KS2 raw score and rank pupils. It is out aim to stretch and challenge pupils in all sets and at all abilities.

Again this year, pupils who have started at Dormston School in the bottom set in year 7 have achieved pass grades at GCSE in Year 11.  Our least able are supported by being in smaller set groupings, aided by Teaching Assistants where appropriate.

During Year 7, changes are made between sets if it is clear that a student is wrongly placed.

All Year 7 pupils take a common examination and this, together with performance in class work and homework throughout the year, forms the basis of set allocation for Year 8.

In Years 8 to 11 the construction of the timetable requires 2 separate bands for Mathematics and English. Placement of students in these two bands is by negotiation between the Mathematics and English departments. Within each band pupils are set for mathematics based on their exam and class work. Being placed in the lower half does not mean that a pupil is not good at mathematics, it merely reflects their ability in Mathematics and English.  Again this year a number of students achieved high pass grades from the lower band.

We always enter students into the highest level paper that we believe will maximize their grade in external examinations.

What equipment will be needed?

In maths lessons you will need to have a pen, pencil and rubber together with mathematical drawing instruments (e.g. compass, ruler and protractor).

We expect all students to bring and use a scientific calculator and this is essential for two of the examinations papers. The school has mathematical equipment and calculators for sale and these can be purchased from any maths teacher.

  • Items of equipment will be on sale during the new Y7 induction meeting in June
  • A fixed price pack includes a calculator and all the equipment needed

Does the school take part in any mathematical competitions?

Yes. We regularly enter students for the UKMT Mathematical Challenges at Junior and Intermediate level as well as the regional Team Mathematics Challenges.