63% of pupils achieved a grade 9-4 in Mathematics, 39% achieved a grade 5+

(GCSE Mathematics results, 2019)

“Do not worry about your difficulties in mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.” – Albert Einstein

“Without mathematics, there’s nothing you can do. Everything around you is mathematics. Everything around you is numbers.” – Shakuntala Devi

The Mathematics department are a caring and committed team of staff who teach the full ability range from Year 7 to Year 11. We have high expectations of all students and provide a supportive environment for those who find Mathematics difficult. We also have two curriculum support assistants who provide targeted support for those students with additional needs in Mathematics. The Mathematics department consists of six classrooms each with interactive whiteboard facilities.


Mrs C Henvey- Assistant Headteacher, Subject Lead for Mathematics

Mrs A McCarthy – Deputy Subject Lead

Mr C Boyle – Maths KS3 Coordinator

Mrs K Straw – Lead teacher for the most able /Teacher of Mathematics

Ms S Jones – Creative Lead for Chaplaincy / Teacher of Mathematics

Mr A Azhar – Teacher of Mathematics

Mrs M Reynolds – Curriculum Support Assistant

Mrs C Walsh – Curriculum Support Assistant


In the Mathematics department at Holy Trinity, we recognise that some students will find the subject easier than others and so we set students in ability groups within the first two weeks of Year 7. Students are formally assessed at least four times per year and more informally in lessons through GROW tasks. This gives us the opportunity to monitor their progress closely and to ensure they are being taught in the most appropriate ways to maximize their progress.  We use very detailed systems for monitoring our students’ progress.

Key topics:

As of September 2018, students will be studying the AQA 8300 GCSE course.  This is a linear course meaning that all examination papers are sat at the end of Year 11. Students work through the course from Year 7 to Year 11, working through all the topics at the appropriate level each year and consolidating work covered in previous years.

Year 11 have targeted revision classes both after and before school in the months leading up to their exams.  We also have a homework club which runs on a Monday lunchtime in SMI21. This is supported by a member of staff.

Key topics:

Grade 1

  • Number: Place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, basic fractions, simple percentages, negative numbers.
  • Algebra: Coordinates, simple sequences, basic algebraic simplification.
  • Shape and measure: Scale, names of shapes, simple areas, measure and draw lines, measure and draw angles, reflection symmetry, use of two-way tables.
  • Data: The language of probability, simple graphs, mode and median.

Grade 2

  • Number: Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of decimals, BIDMAS, more complex fractions and percentages.
  • Algebra: Simple equations, simple formulae.
  • Shape and measure: Calculating with times, converting measures, 3-D drawings, basic angle properties, basic symmetry, area of rectangles.
  • Data: Averages and range, more complex graphs and charts, probability.

Grade 3

  • Number: Rounding, indices, equivalent fractions, decimals and percentages.
  • Algebra: Substitution, solving equations, plotting graphs.
  • Shape: Quadrilaterals, basic volume, bearings, constructing triangles, rotations.
  • Data: Pie charts, listing outcomes, interpreting data.

Grade 3/4

  • Number: Using a calculator, adding and subtracting fractions, ratio.
  • Algebra: More complex equations, using brackets, linear graphs, real-life graphs.
  • Shape: Circles, plans and elevations, area and perimeter, transformations, more complex constructions, angle facts.
  • Data: Frequency polygons, stem and leaf diagrams, frequency tables, mutually exclusive outcomes.

Grade 4/5

  • Number: Percentage change, multiplying and dividing fractions, factors and multiples, laws of indices, ratio and proportion.
  • Algebra: Solving equations, nth term of a sequence, inequalities, trial and improvement, quadratic graphs.
  • Shape: Angles in polygons, Pythagoras Theorem, loci, prisms.
  • Data: Scatter diagrams, grouped data, relative frequency.

Grade 6

  • Number: Advanced percentage problems, standard index form.
  • Algebra: Advanced graphs, simultaneous equations, properties of straight line graphs, quadratic equations, rearranging formulae.
  • Shape: Similar shapes, trigonometry, circle theorems.
  • Data: Probability tree diagrams, cumulative frequency and box plots

Grade 7/8/9

  • Number: Further laws of indices, proportionality, irrational numbers.
  • Algebra: Advanced algebraic manipulation, transforming graphs.
  • Shape: Arcs and sectors, trigonometry in 3-D and non-right angled triangles, congruency, vectors.
  • Data: Conditional probability, histograms, sampling methods.

Link to AQA scheme of work:


Websites – Useful Links

There are many maths websites that can help with your studies.  Here are some of our recommendations;



(Your child can see their teacher for individual logins for the two websites above).








http://www.sheffieldmaths.co.uk/index.html http://www.math-drills.com/