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St Peter's
Catholic School

Mathematics

Mrs A Alkema

Head of Mathematics

The Team

Mrs L Doran Teacher of Mathematics
Mrs J Gregg Second in Department
Mrs D Hartley   Teacher of Mathematics
Miss L Kapoor Teacher of Mathematics
Miss R McAvoy Teacher of Mathematics
Mr R Oldfield Second in Department
Mrs A Sawa Assistant Headteacher

Introduction to the Department

The Mathematics Department at St Peter’s aims to foster a culture of problem solving and adaptability amongst its students. In line with the new Mathematics curriculum, we are coaching our students to become better at breaking down problems and considering alternative approaches to obtaining solutions. Our goal is to develop thinking and reasoning skills to help students to solve contextual problems. We are also promoting the efficient use of technology to support our students’ Mathematics, but at the same time maintaining high expectations of their mental mathematical skills. We are an energetic team of teachers who love Mathematics and are passionate about exploring the subject and discovering the best ways to pass this enjoyment and wonder onto our students.

Key Stage 3 Information

During Key Stage 3, we emphasise the importance of structure; both by encouraging structured thought processes and insisting on work being presented in a logical and structured way. We also surprise some students when they find out that our emphasis in Key Stage 3 is less about the answer and more about how students get to the answer. We have developed new schemes of work in Year 7 and Year 8 which have been running for three years. We review these and improve them annually. In Year 9 our students begin a three year scheme of work which prepares them for the Maths GCSE in Year 11. 

Key Stage 4 Information

In Years 10 and 11, students work hard towards their Mathematics GCSE. We also strongly believe in extending the top end of students and as a result we offer the Additional Mathematics Qualification to students in Year 11 which we believe takes able students beyond the GCSE curriculum and also prepares them adequately for studying an A Level in Mathematics. We had 13 students entered for the OCR Additional Mathematics paper this year. We use the Edexcel exam board for GCSE exams.