Mathematics

Faculty Team

Mrs Angela Tait, Faculty Leader
Mrs Janet Dixon, Second in Faculty
Miss Abigail Robinson, Second in Faculty
Mr Peter Hayward, Assistant Headteacher and Teacher of Mathematics
Miss Jessica Burgess, Teacher of Mathematics
Mr Jason Hill, Teacher of Mathematics
Mrs Sarah Jayne Martin, Teacher of Mathematics
Mr David Myers, Teacher of Mathematics
Mr Jonathan Hindley, Teach First
Miss Gayle Tait, Teacher of Mathematics
Miss Kathryn Woods, Teacher of Mathematics

 

Introduction

At the end of their mathematical education in 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 year 7, 8 and 9 every student will follow a programme developed in line with the national curriculum that highlights their individual areas for improvement within mathematics.  The programme allows the teachers to then plan lessons that will ensure outstanding progress is made.

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).

For the most able Mathematicians, the Further Mathematics GCSE is 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, High Tunstall is also involved with Newcastle University in an annual Maths challenge as well as a number of trips are organised throughout the year to different road shows.