Subject Overview

The Light Hall School Mathematics Department has consistently achieved excellent results over the last few years.

The Maths team currently consists of the Head of Department and eleven qualified Maths teachers. The staff is experienced and work together closely to create exciting and challenging lessons. There is a strong sense of identity within the department and we are all proud of its achievements.

The Maths team has a Lead Practitioner with responsibility for rolling out Mastery pedagogy in years 7 and 8. We have a Lead Practitioner with responsibility for the year 9 transition from KS3 to KS4. We have a Second in Department with responsibility for progress in KS4 (Year 10 & 11) and a Lead Practitioner with responsibility for progress of Disadvantaged pupils and Enrichment activities.

Maths is taught in well-appointed classrooms following the department move to the first floor of Light Hall’s magnificent new building in October 2008. Now, each member of staff has their own room equipped with state of the art interactive whiteboards. The department also has access to their own set of mobile technology and uses ICT to enhance learning and understanding.

The Maths area is bright, bustling and cheerful. Pupils have a very positive attitude towards both the subject and the high quality setting which leads to their achieving excellent results.

For KS3 (Years 7 to 9), children in each year group are divided into two parallel bands and are usually placed in sets; sets 1 and 2, mixed ability classes in sets 3 and 4, and set 5 according to ability. KS4 (Year 10 & 11) is set accordingly – Foundation level (sets 3 to 5) and Higher level (sets 1 and 2).

The Edexcel exam board is used for GCSE with the pupils following the Linear course, taking either the Foundation or the higher level. 78% of pupils achieved grade 9-4 at GCSE in 2019, which

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