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Miss A Beeley - Head Of Department

Miss N Mcdonnell - Second In Department

Mr M Jones - Lead Teacher Of Mathematics

Mr R Foster - Teacher Of Mathematics, Numeracy Coordinator

Mr A Goodland - Head Of Year, Teacher Of Mathematics

Mr G Knight - Teacher Of Mathematics

Mr J Robson - Teacher Of Mathematics, Data Lead

Mr D Wright - Teacher Of Mathematics


The vision of the Mathematics Department is to ensure our students are equipped with a uniquely powerful set of tools to help understand our world and its rapidly developing technology. These tools include numeracy, logical reasoning, problem solving and the ability to think in abstract ways.


We aspire for all our students to be effective mathematicians, providing them with the skills needed to solve problems and approach tasks in a logical order. The mathematics department encourage all pupils to have a growth mindset and aim to build resilience and acceptance that struggle is often a necessary step in learning and solving problems.

We hope that we can open our students’ eyes to the creative, imaginative and inspiring world of mathematics, equipping them to be numerate in multiple settings across society and able to flourish in a variety of fields.

Learning and Teaching

Mathematics at St John Fisher Catholic High School is delivered by a team of highly trained and passionate professionals, who strive to develop not just students’ mathematical abilities but a genuine interest in the subject.

Our KS3 mastery curriculum prioritises building a culture of deep understanding, confidence and competence in maths. No matter what their starting points, we help our pupils to achieve excellence. Those pupils who are fluent and flexible with core skills and ideas delve further within topics, rather than jumping too quickly into KS4 content.

Lessons begin with recall starters to aid memory and understanding, and pupils work towards regular low stakes quizzes. Classroom study is supplemented by regular Hegarty Maths homework.

The department has seven teaching rooms each equipped with smartboards. Also, there are computers and a bank of laptops located in our Mathematics ‘Open Area’ that may be used by the pupils to enhance their learning.

Enriching learning

The Mathematics Department offers a range of enrichment opportunities for students.

  • Visits to local schools and universities for mathematics workshops and lectures.

  • Participation in World Maths Day activities on 14 March.

  • Extra-curricular maths clubs including Warhammer, Chess and STEM club.

  • Most able learners in Year 10 are offered an additional GCSE in Statistics.

  • Most able learners in Year 11 are offered an additional Level 2 certificate in Further Mathematics.

  • Pupils at KS3 can participate in the UKMT group Maths Challenge.

  • Pupils at KS4 have the opportunity to take part in the Stock Market Challenge at The University of Manchester as well as the St John Rigby College Maths Challenge.

We are always on the lookout for additional opportunities to enrich our pupils’ mathematical learning.



The department uses a wide range of formal assessments and informal tests in both KS3 and KS4. We monitor the progress of each student through a comprehensive tracking system which enables us to offer intervention when necessary

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