Pupils at Hartford Church of England High School
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"The study of mathematics, like the Nile, begins in minuteness but ends in magnificence"
Charles Caleb Colton

  • Mrs M Lewis - Curriculum Leader
  • Ms B Crerar - Assistant Curriculum Leader
  • Mrs C Webster - Assistant Head Teacher
  • Mr C Innes - Assistant Head Teacher
  • Mrs A Stanyer - Teacher of Maths
  • Mrs T Rogerson - Teacher of Maths
  • Mr P Sharples - Teacher of Maths
  • Mrs C Yevseyev - Teacher of Maths
  • Mrs C Bradley - Maths Intervention Specialist

Mission Statement

The mission of the Hartford Church of England Mathematics Department is to provide an educational experience in mathematics that helps students prepare for successful roles in an ever-changing society.

Key Stage 3

Years 7 and 8

  • Students are set according to their ability (based on KS2 results, mathematics tests, CAT scores and teacher assessments). A student’s progress will be monitored continuously through tests and teacher assessments. Movement between groups will happen, if the evidence suggests that it should, at set points during the year
  • We are committed to effectively delivering the 2014 National Curriculum for Mathematics which aims to ensure that all pupils:
    • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately
    • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
    • can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions
  • Lessons incorporate a variety of experiences, including use of ICT, problem-solving, investigational and practical activities
  • High ability students are entered for the UKMT mathematical challenge each year and students gain a number of Gold, Silver and Bronze certificates
  • Students requiring additional support are identified from as early as Year 7 and the correct level of intervention is put in place for individuals and/or small groups
  • Year 7 students follow the Mastery Maths course - View full details

Key Stage 4

Years 9, 10 and 11

All of our students start the GCSE course at the start of Year 9, giving them three years to fulfil the demands of the new specification by the end of Year 11.

Our GCSE course takes a mastery approach and is written specifically to tackle the increase in demand of the new GCSE Maths. The scheme of work covers the topics that are new to each tier, embeds problem-solving and reasoning, and is designed to build fluency and nurture confidence in both Foundation and Higher tier students.

An outline of the OCR Mathematics GCSE course is given below:

  • The assessments will cover the following content headings:
    1. Number
    2. Algebra
    3. Ratio, proportion and rates of change
    4. Geometry and measures
    5. Probability
    6. Statistics
  • Two tiers are available: Foundation and Higher (content is defined for each tier)
  • The qualification consists of three equally-weighted written examination papers at either Foundation tier or Higher tier
  • All three papers must be at the same tier of entry and must be completed in the same assessment series
  • Paper 2 is a non-calculator assessment and a calculator is allowed for Paper 1 and Paper 3.
  • Each paper is 1 hour and 30 minutes long
  • Each paper has 80 marks
  • The content outlined for each tier will be assessed across all three papers
  • The qualification will be graded and certificated on a nine-grade scale from 9 to 1 using the total mark across all three papers where 9 is the highest grade
  • Individual papers are not graded
  • Foundation tier: grades 1 to 5
  • Higher tier: grades 4 to 9 (grade 3 allowed)

Download an approximate conversion of the ‘Old GCSE letters’ to the ‘New GCSE numbers’ that will be used with all Year 9 and 10 pupils. The numbers are referred to as grades.

Wider Opportunities / Extra Curricular Activities

We take great pride and joy in creating a mathematically rich and stimulating environment in which our students enjoy their Maths and all members of staff feel part of a team in a dynamic and creative faculty.

Mrs Bradley is our full time Maths Intervention specialist and works with small groups of pupils across all year groups.

We have close links with Sir John Deane’s College and a number of local universities. Our Gifted and Talented Mathematicians attend Master Classes at Liverpool University and pupils in our Express Sets sit an annual challenge set by the United Kingdom Mathematical Trust.

All Year 11 pupils are invited to Maths revision after school on a Wednesday to help their preperation towrds their GCSE examinations.

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