The Mathematics Department aims to ensure that every pupil at JHN is able to reach their potential in this core subject and that each and every individual develops the necessary skills and confidence to use and enjoy the subject to whichever level best suits their needs. Pupils and students are challenged and encouraged to achieve their very best. The department are an enthusiastic, experienced and committed team and comprises of ten full time members of staff, with eight Mathematics classrooms, most are equipped with Interactive Whiteboards. We also have a number of specialist Learning Support Assistants, who work with pupils across all year groups.

Pupils in Year 7 are taught in mixed ability groups and then put in sets after the first half term, this continues throughout Years 7-11.  The purpose of setting is to maximise the efficient delivery of the curriculum, by having groups of pupils with similar abilities taught together. The placement of pupils into sets will be based on a number of factors and a pupil’s progress is monitored continuously through tests and teacher assessments. Regular reviews of the setting take place throughout the academic year.


Currently in Years 7 and 8 our work is based on the National Numeracy Framework. The requirements of the National Curriculum govern the topics studied. We use a wide range of materials and resources to challenge and enhance students’ mathematical knowledge appropriate to their ability and we will always encourage the skills of good mathematical communication. The material is delivered as a mixture of abstract mathematical principles and concrete problem solving.

After initial base line testing in the first half term of Year 7 sets are organised within three bands.  Set 1 for pupils requiring extra challenge, sets 2-4 are broadly mixed ability and Set 5 is for pupils needing extra support.  This enables the department to have smaller numbers of pupils in each of the set five’s and offer an intensive focus on basic mathematical principles for our weaker pupils. The bands are merged in Year 8 to create a total of eight sets across the year group, with the smaller number of pupils in the lower sets and our continual monitoring and assessment of students, this enables us to move students between sets when necessary.

Steps of Progress

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Pupils begin their GCSE studies of the new specification (1MA1) at the start of Year 9, where they are placed in one of 8 sets.  In year 10 we have an extra set which is used to challenge the most able in the year group.  This group will also study for the OCR Additional Mathematics Level 3 qualification.  All pupils follow the same mixed ability learning programme, and the final decision on tier of entry for the GCSE will be made following mock examinations in Year 11.

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AS Level Mathematics is a popular subject for Year 12 students.  The majority follow the Edexcel Mathematics 8371 specification, taking two Pure Core Modules, with a third Module taken from Mechanics, Statistics or Decision Mathematics, as appropriate.  A number of our gifted Mathematicians opt for Further Mathematics (8372) and/or Pure Mathematics (8373).  In Year 13 students have the option of extending their Mathematical studies to complete the relevant A2 course of Mathematics (9371) or Further Mathematics (9372).

We also offer the AQA Level 3 Certificate in Mathematical Studies to those students who do not achieve at least grade A in their GCSE Mathematics examinations and, for those who achieve below grade C at GCSE Level we provide the opportunity to carry on their studies at this level in order to achieve grade C.

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We like to provide a number of opportunities for our students to experience mathematics outside of the normal classroom activities, such as World Maths Day and the UKMT Maths Challenge. These events involve many of our pupils and students from Year 7 through to Year 12 and Year 13. We also run educational trips, recent ones have included a visit to Bletchley Park and to lectures given by Marcus Du Sautoy.  The department also runs a weekly Maths clinic after school, this is for all year groups and is the opportunity for pupils and students to get extra support on areas of their choice.