The maths department at Holy Family strives for excellence in all areas. We constantly achieve above the national average in terms of our pupils gaining an A*-C grade. The department is fortunate to have interactive whiteboards in every classroom and a bookable computer suite, to enhance pupils learning through the use of modern technologies.
Year 7 and Year 8
Pupils in Year 7 are taught in their mixed ability form groups. This allows for social development and helps ease the transition from KS2 into KS3. Year 8 are taught in sets appropriate to their ability. Both years 7 and 8 follow the KS3 scheme of work. Each of the four classes in KS3 has 6 lessons per fortnight each for 1 hour.
Year 9, Year 10 and Year 11
In years 9, 10 and 11, students are taught in sets appropriate to their ability and follow the two-tier GCSE course. Generally the top 2 sets follow the higher tier and the 2 lower sets follow the foundation tier work. We have 5 sets in years 10 and 11 and entry for pupils in the middle set is decided by the teacher, in collaboration with the pupils. Higher or foundation entry will depend on the ability of the pupils in each cohort. The decision for GCSE entry level is made on an individual basis after careful monitoring and discussions between the each class teacher and their individual pupils. GCSE pupils are prepared for Edexcel examinations. Each class in KS4 also has 6 lessons per fortnight each for 1 hour.
We strive to develop a passion for maths through enthusiastic teaching, encouraging an investigative approach to learning and through varied teaching styles. All teachers offer extra afterschool sessions to pupils, mainly those in years 10 and 11. We also have a year 7 maths catch-up program and year 8 and 9 intervention programs. We see the inclusion of our SEN students as fundamental.