We follow a 5 year framework for Teaching Mathematics with a strong mastery approach directly aligned to the White Rose scheme of learning and the GCSE 1ma1 scheme. In accordance with the National Strategy we aim to develop both mental and written mathematical skills. Our scheme mirrors the requirements of the new 1-9 national curriculum and includes number and algebra, geometry and measures, statistics together with mathematical processes and applications. Students are regularly assessed on their learning which informs their next steps.

Teaching Staff

Miss Lisa Jacques – Head of Mathematics

Mrs Stephanie Lambert – Lead teacher for Mathematics 

Mrs Rachel Bal – Mathematics Teacher and KS3 Co-ordinator

Mr Nick Grundy – Assistant Head of School – Mathematics

Mrs Jones – Mathematics Teacher and Year 9 Strategy Leader

Mrs Diane Harding – Mathematics Teacher

Mrs Nicki Garrett – Mathematics Teacher

Mrs Rebecca Trotter – Mathematics Teacher and Deputy head of Severn house

Mrs Ann Johnson – Mathematics HLTA

How Mathematics is organised at Dormston School?

In year 11 our students currently take the Edexcel 1MA1 GCSE Mathematics examination. Students sit three formal examinations at the end of the course. There is no coursework but the examinations include elements of ‘functional skills’ and the final grade will be between 9 and 1. All year groups are is split into two bands (X and Y) with each band containing 4 or 5 tutor groups, depending on the form intake that year. These are then set. Being placed in a lower set does not mean that a pupil is not good at mathematics; it merely reflects their relative position on entry in an intake of over 200 pupils.

In year 7, particularly some pupils and parents find the initial setting to be a worry, especially if a child was one of the best mathematicians in a small primary school but we have found that the only fair way to allocate starting sets is to use the KS2 raw score and rank pupils. It is our aim to stretch and challenge pupils in all sets and at all abilities, with our least naturally gifted mathematicians supported by being in smaller set groupings, aided by Teaching Assistants where appropriate. Every pupil has access to mathswatch and the topic homeworks set on there are used in conjunction with our marking policy to regularly highlight areas for whole class and individual intervention by class teachers.

Pupils are assessed 3 time throughout the year: Autumn term, Spring term and during exam week in June. These are either an appropriate graded paper or a part/full GCSE paper. We always enter students into the highest level paper that we believe will maximize their grade in external examinations and as a department has high expectations of behaviour and effort in order to maximise pupils potential.


‘We regularly enter students for the UKMT Mathematical Challenges at Junior and Intermediate level as well as the regional Team Mathematics Challenges.

What equipment will be needed?

In maths lessons you will need to have a pen, pencil and rubber together with mathematical drawing instruments (e.g. compass, ruler and protractor). We expect all students to bring and use a scientific calculator and this is essential for two of the examinations papers.

The school has mathematical equipment and calculators for sale and these can be purchased from any maths teacher. Scientific calculators are priced at £10.