Mrs Z Coyle — Head of Department


Our Vision

Our vision is for the maths department to be outstanding. Pupils will enjoy coming to maths lessons and leave Holy Cross having achieved their potential.

Our mission is to develop in pupils:

  • An appreciation of maths around us.
  • A curiosity to want to learn more about maths.
  • A thirst for knowledge.
  • Self-belief, confidence and resilience to tackle problems with positivity.
  • During maths lessons pupils should:
    • Have respect for others.
    • Have high expectations of themselves.
    • Proudly take ownership of their work.
    • Be driven to succeed.
    • Be independent learners who think for themselves and enjoy challenges.


The department has a suite of five rooms, each of which contains an interactive whiteboard (SMART board), mini whiteboards and a variety of other resources to enhance pupils’ learning. We subscribe to the ‘MyMaths’ and ‘MathsWatch’ websites to enhance learning opportunities both in school and at home. Pupils are expected to regularly access the wealth of resources at home from these sites.


At Key Stage 3 pupils follow a scheme of work based on stages. The stage on which pupils begin depends upon their KS2 SATs result, CAT scores and base line assessment completed at the start of year 7. The curriculum is divided into 32 topic areas. Not all topic areas are covered in every stage. The topic areas covered at each stage is as follows (click to enlarge);

At Key Stage 4 pupils follow the GCSE AQA course. Further information can be found on the ‘AQA All About Maths’ website. For more information about the SOW please contact Mrs Coyle.


At Key Stage 3 pupils complete a formal written assessment each term. Pupils also complete topic based assessments after each topic area. In Year 10 pupils complete a formal written assessment each half term based on the topics they have been covering in lessons. They also complete a GCSE mock exam towards the end of the summer term.

In Year 11 pupils complete nine GCSE practice exam papers throughout the year. Most of these papers are completed in class under exam conditions.

The assessments have a cover sheet with sections for teachers and pupils to make comments. There is also a section in which parents can make comments and sign to acknowledge they have seen their child’s work.

Pupils are given verbal and written feedback and guidance on how to improve their results. Learning within lessons is continually reviewed and modified to cater to the needs of individual pupils as appropriate. We use many AFL techniques in lessons to carefully assess pupils and give instant feedback. Assessment results, together with homework and classwork evaluations, are used to inform the setting of pupils.

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

  • UK Schools’ Mathematics Challenge – Junior & Intermediate level entries (run by Leeds University)
  • Runshaw Mathematics Challenge
  • Edge Hill University Mathematics Challenge
  • Edge Hill University Master Classes
  • University of Liverpool Master Classes
  • National Cipher Challenge
  • Puzzle of the Week
  • KS3 Puzzle and Games Club
  • STEM Club
  • GCSE Revision Classes
  • KS3 Maths Doctor
  • World Maths Day and World Pi Day activities
  • Annual visits to Maths Inspiration events

Useful Websites