Mrs Z Coyle – Head of Department

Our Vision

Our vision is to inspire, encourage and motivate pupils to appreciate and value the importance of mathematics. 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.
  • Develop subject knowledge and understanding.


The department has a suite of six rooms, each of which contains a projector screen, 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.

Curriculum Plan

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In years 7 – 10 pupils follow a scheme of work based on stages. The stage on which pupils begin depends upon their KS2 SATs result, CAT scores and assessment results throughout each year. 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;

Maths Curriculum

In year 11 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.


In years 7 – 10 pupils complete topic based assessments at the end of each topic area. Pupils also complete a Progress Test towards the end of the summer term based on the topics they have been covering in lessons.

In Year 11 pupils complete a mock exam in December and another in March.

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
  • STEM Club
  • GCSE Revision Classes
  • KS3 Maths Doctor
  • World Maths Day and World Pi Day activities
  • Annual visits to Maths Inspiration events

Useful Websites