Faculty Team

Mrs Sarah Smallwood, Faculty Leader
Mrs Janet Dixon, Second in Faculty
Miss Abigail Robinson, Second in Faculty
Mr Matthew Dryden, Teacher of Mathematics (Teach First)
Mr Peter Hayward, Assistant Headteacher/Teacher of Mathematics
Mr Jason Hill, Teacher of Mathematics
Mr Jonathan Hindley, Teacher of Mathematics (Teach First)
Mrs Sarah Jayne Martin, Teacher of Mathematics
Mrs Deborah Robinson, Teacher of Mathematics
Mr Aaron Rowsthorn, Teacher of Mathematics
Mrs Angela Tait, Teacher of Mathematics
Miss Kathryn Woods, Teacher of Mathematics


At the end of their mathematical education at High Tunstall College of Science, each student will be able:

  • 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 identify patterns encountered in diverse situations and to extrapolate from these
  • 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 at Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4.

In addition, we hope that students will acquire the logical abilities characteristic of a mathematician.

Key Stage 3

In Years 7, 8 and 9, students follow a programme which covers Number, Algebra, Ratio, Proportion and Rates of Change, Geometry and Measures, Probability and Statistics.  The programme is differentiated to ensure students study topics at the appropriate level of challenge.

Key Stage 4

Every student will follow a programme similar to the Key Stage 3 programme that seamlessly prepares them to take a GCSE qualification in mathematics.  The tier of entry that they undertake is dependent upon their previous attainment (Foundation level allows students to achieve up to a grade 5 and Higher level up to a grade 9).

Students may opt to study GCSE Statistics alongside their Maths GCSE.  The course focuses on collecting, processing, representing and analysing data and probability.

For the most able mathematicians, the Further Mathematics Level 2 Certificate is also offered. This develops the students’ research skills whilst the teacher takes a more facilitative role. Students also gain insight into the level of mathematics that will be experienced at A level.

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

Within the mathematics faculty there are opportunities for students to further their mathematical problem solving skills and logical ability by taking part in the UK Mathematics Challenge and the annual Maths Challenge at Newcastle University.  In addition, a number of trips are organised throughout the year to different road shows.


Students can access support, in the form of tutorials, worksheets and exam practice questions, from the following websites:  (Students should see their Maths teacher for login details)