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Poynton High School

and Performing Arts College

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Director of Learning - Mrs K Toby Email

Mathematics is taught across all key stages at Poynton High School by a dedicated and enthusiastic team of thirteen specialist teachers.

Students of all abilities from Years 7 to 13 face a level of challenge that develops their mathematical understanding. The emphasis is on deep understanding, enabling students to gain mastery of the topics covered.

Our mission is to enrich the learning experience and maximise the achievement of all students. At all levels students participate in activities that engage and inspire: The most able are encouraged to reflect upon and generalise their learning whilst those who need additional help receive tailored support. We recognise also how integral numeracy is to an independent future. In this fundamental area extra tuition is provided, which uses a variety of resources and teaching styles to cater for students’ different learning styles.

The department also runs extra-curricular opportunities through the UKMT Maths Challenges. Our students have the opportunity to participate in the individual and team challenges that take place throughout the year. Our Year 7 students will also participate in a House Maths Challenge event during the summer term.


The Maths Team

Head of Team

Mrs K Toby

Assistant Team Leader

Mr D Wilson

KS3 Coordinator

Mr G Braide

KS4 Coordinator

Miss D Allwright

Coordinator for Teaching & Learning

Mrs J Beech

Teachers of Maths

Mrs R Earl

Mr E Latch

Mrs H Milligan

Miss W Ryder

Mrs J Sutherland

Mr C Megarell

Mr N Jackson


Key Stage 3 and 4 (Years 7 – 11)

KS3 Coordinator – Mr G Braide

KS4 Coordinator- Miss D Allwright

Students in Year 7 & 8 are taught in groups, there are 4 per half year group. From Year 9 to 11 the students are taught in sets, there are 5 sets per half year group in each year. This is monitored closely to ensure that students are stretched, and supported, appropriately. All students are taught the content to at least meet their minimum grades by the end of each year. We use various types of assessment to monitor the progress of our students. All students complete online assessments using the Doddle package as well as completing a formal examination each term. Three home learning tasks are set per fortnight and these can take the form of a written task, an online assessment or revision to prepare for an assessment.

Students in KS3 have a regular focus on numeracy and the department has just launched the Numeracy Ninjas programme. This is numeracy intervention designed to fill gaps in students’ basic mental calculation strategies and also to empower them with the numeracy skills and the fluency required to fully access GCSE Maths concepts when they move to Key Stage 4 study.

In Year 10 and 11 the students follow pathways which are designed to cater for their individual needs and rates of progression. Our students in Year 11 are following the GCSE linear course with the AQA examination board. Some of our students will also have the opportunity to take the AQA Level 2 Further Maths GCSE qualification at the end of Year 11. The mathematics staff run support classes and drop-in sessions to provide additional help for the students in KS4.


Key Stage 5 (AS and A2 Level)

Students can follow A Level courses in Mathematics or Mathematics and Further Mathematics. The students follow the OCR A Level specification for Maths (H240) and further Maths (H245). These are both linear courses in which all content is assessed at the end of the course.

The students will be monitored throughout the AS and A2 course. They will complete a number of assessments and common home learning tasks which will be used to track their progress. The mathematics staff run support classes and drop-in sessions to provide additional help for the students.

We give the students the opportunity to participate in the UKMT Maths Challenge each year. Some students also represent the school in the UKMT Team Challenges.