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Welcome to the Mathematics Faculty:

Miss J Lloyd Director Of Mathematics and Assistant Head Teacher
Mrs N Mackle Head of Faculty
Mrs Crookall Second in Maths
Mrs K Sommerville Lead teacher
Mr A Gillmon Teacher of Mathematics and Assistant head Teacher
Miss L Sykes Teacher of Mathematics
Mr J Pinches Teacher of Mathematics
Mr P Robinson Teacher of Mathematics
Mr Birchall Teacher of Mathematics
Mr Rothwell Teacher of Mathematics
Mrs E Abram Teacher of Mathematics
Mr P Jennings Teacher of Mathematics


The Mathematics Faculty At Moorside High School Aims To:

  • To place the child at the centre of learning.
  • To set challenging targets with high expectations for all pupils and encourage a sense of pride in their performance and behaviour.
  • To deliver a variety of approaches to teaching and learning to engage and motivate pupils and demand their active participation.
  • To provide opportunities for the application of Mathematics to real life problems and links and importance to other subjects.
  • To provide an appreciation of the importance and relevance of Mathematics in the world of work.
  • To ensure the smooth transition for pupils between Key Stages and ensure progression in teaching and learning throughout their time at Moorside High School.
  • To explore enrichment opportunities outside the curriculum to enhance pupils’ enjoyment of mathematics.
  • To continually improve the standards of achievement in Mathematics at Moorside High School.

The Mathematics Faculty Objectives:

  • To perform basic numeracy skills.
  • To perform the basic mathematical skills needed in his/her chosen career or for entry to higher or further mathematical education.
  • To understand the mathematics likely to be encountered in daily adult life.
  • To reason clearly and logically, and to set out a rational argument.
  • To approach problems systematically, choosing appropriate techniques for their solution.
  • To follow logical instructions clearly expressed.
  • To experience satisfaction in and enjoyment of his/her mathematical achievements.
  • To obtain any formal mathematical qualifications needed for his/her chosen career.
  • To obtain his/her best possible results throughout their school career.

The Programme of study for Key Stage 3 and attainment targets (National Curriculum) and Programme of study for Key Stage 4 (National Curriculum) provide the foundation for the schemes of work in Mathematics. The programmes outline a detailed philosophy, which underpin teaching and learning in Mathematics:

“Mathematical thinking is important for all members of a modern society as a habit of mind for its use in the workplace, business and finance; and for personal decision-making. Mathematics is fundamental to national prosperity in providing tools for understanding science, engineering, technology and economics. It is essential in public decision-making and for participation in the knowledge economy.”

“Mathematics equips pupils with uniquely powerful ways to describe, analyse and change the world. It can stimulate moments of pleasure and wonder for all pupils when they solve a problem for the first time, discover a more elegant solution, or notice hidden connections. Pupils who are functional in mathematics and financially capable are able to think independently in applied and abstract ways, and can reason, solve problems and assess risk.”

“Mathematics is a creative discipline. The language of mathematics is international. The subject transcends cultural boundaries and its importance is universally recognised. Mathematics has developed over time as a means of solving problems and also for its own sake.”

Pupils are expected to develop:

Key Processes

  1. Representing
  2. Analysing
  3. Interpreting and Evaluating
  4. Communication and Reflecting.
  5. Range and content
  6. Number and Algebra
  7. Geometry and Measures
  8. Statistics

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

All pupils follow a personalised route through Mathematics and are grouped with students of similar ability with consideration given to entry level in year 7/prior attainment and potential for achievement. This is regularly reviewed and adjusted accordingly. At Moorside we follow a mastery approach to the National Curriculum objectives. The main aim being that we teach for depth of understanding over breadth of content.

Pupils take short unit tests, alongside an end of half term test. And a formal end of year exam.

In year 9 students begin preparation towards their GCSE examination.

For in depth information on the Mastery approach click here.

For in depth information on the Mastery approach click here.

Key Stage 4

The Maths Department currently follows the AQA GCSE scheme of work. Pupils commence their Mathematics GCSE course in Year 9 and sit the examination in year 11 .  All pupils follow a course in Mathematics appropriate to their ability and needs.

Pupils working at each level can expect to achieve the following grades:

  • Higher Grades 9-5
  • Foundation Grades 5-1

Please note that due to recent curriculum changes, the higher tier examination paper is made up of 50% grades 7-9 and therefore Pupils who would have historically been entered for the higher tier will now perform better on the foundation paper.


Students are expected to abide by the school expectations for equipment however we also expect that students will have their own scientific calculator.

Year 11 Resources

Click on the links below to view useful Year 11 Resources:


Higher Paper:

Foundation Paper

Useful Websites

Useful websites for mathematics can be found below: