Head of Teaching & Learning: Mrs S Chalmers
Mrs A Cochrane
Mrs E Morris 2 i/c Mathematics
Mr R Roberts KS3 Coordinator
Mrs N Korniotis
Ms E Seres
Mr M Whitmore – Achievement Leader Year 10
Mrs M Xenou
Mr J Chandler – Assistant Headteacher
Mr Z Shinebourne
Mrs C Jordan – Maths Intervention and Teaching Assistant
Ms H Colvert – Maths Intervention
The GCSE results have rapidly risen since 2011 and now over 80% of students achieve a grade 4 or higher, which well exceeds the national average. The most able also have the opportunity to go on to complete the Level 2 Further Mathematics course leading to A-Level Maths.
We achieve our great results through consistently excellent teaching, with a carefully structured curriculum which enables students to progress at the rate which will maximise their overall achievement. Our scheme of learning is tailored to ensure pupils of all ability can access the maths, whilst at the same time being challenged. Teachers differentiate carefully to ensure high levels of stretch and challenge, balanced against support as appropriate. Our focus on mastery is important to us as it ensures that we are developing flexible Mathematicians and towards this aim we regularly revisit all Key Skills each year. This interleaving approach builds confidence so that by key stage 4 our students have the confidence to tackle the varied problem solving style questions examined at GCSE.
We also run a successful chess club with a Sussex Chess coach that competes against other schools in the Butler Cup each year. We enter the UK Maths Challenge where past pupils have achieved the GOLD award and subsequently been selected for the Maths Olympiad which represents the top 5% of Mathematicians nationally.
Our vision is to create a learning culture where pupils develop a positive attitude towards mathematics as an interesting and valuable subject.
Downlands learners will acquire an understanding of mathematics through a process of enquiry, reasoning and problem solving. They will become confident mathematicians who can express ideas fluently and talk about the subject using mathematical language. Pupils will adopt a ‘can do’ attitude; not fear making mistakes to become brave and resilient learners.
Key stage 3
Our new KS3 programme has been remodelled into a two year course covered in Year 7 and Year 8. Pupils are placed in sets during Year 7 based on our assessment and follow a pathway best suited to ensure maximum progress. During the course pupils consolidate their primary school work on number and build a foundation of mathematical knowledge and skills alongside the ability to problem solve and analyse data. Students’ classwork is be supported by weekly homework, regular internal assessments and personal feedback. In addition to fortnightly written homework, online assignments are set fortnightly using the websites Mathswatch and Diagnostic Questions. Internet access and computers are available in school.
Key stage 4
During Years 9, 10 and 11, pupils continue to follow a personalised mathematics pathway suited to their ability. They begin to focus more specifically on exam technique and solving more complex problems. Our very well attended weekly after school Maths Club contributes towards our excellent results.
As a department we are proud to offer the following courses and qualifications:
- Edexcel Linear GCSE (Higher and Foundation)
The Mathematics Department
The Mathematics department consists of eight specialist teachers and one specialist teaching assistant. Leadership within the subject is provided by a Head of Department, Ms Chalmers. The department benefits from the use of laptops, text books and interactive teaching resources during lessons and the installation of Interactive Whiteboards in a dedicated Mathematics wing to the school classrooms.
Awarding Bodies: Edexcel
Scheme of Work: