HEAD OF MATHS FACULTY -MR S PALMER - SPA@CHENEY.OXON.SCH.UK
Mr S Palmer – Head of Faculty
Ms R Ninkovic - Deputy Head of Faculty
Ms P Thealla - Deputy Head of Faculty and Key Stage 4 Leader
Mr F Adam – Key Stage 3 Leader
Mr M McCutcheon – Key Stage 5 Leader
Ms K Hackett – Head of Sixth Form
Mr S Clark – Teacher
Mr D Ford – Teacher
Mr O Fawdry – Teacher
Ms S Hagh-Shenass – Teacher
Mr C Grigorious - Teacher
Ms A Kremnizer – Teacher
Mr T Muir – Teacher
Mr U Nasir – Teacher
Ms P Griffin – Student Improvement Champion in Mathematics
Our aim as a department is to play our part in enabling all students at Cheney School both to fulfil their potential and to make a positive contribution to society, through developing their mathematical understanding and thinking.
This aim is based on the principle that all students have the ability to make progress in and enjoy mathematics. This informs our practice and underpins our approach to teaching and learning.
The Mathematics teachers at Cheney School aim to:
- Encourage all students to enjoy mathematics and to develop positive attitudes towards it;
- Encourage all students to develop fluency in mathematical skills and to become confident in their ability to deal with mathematics both inside and outside the classroom;
- Enable all students to see the importance of developing their mathematical skills;
- Enable all students to take part in a variety of mathematical activities;
- Enable all students to develop some understanding and appreciation of the beauty and structure of mathematics;
- Enable all students to apply mathematical methods to solving problems;
- Empower all students to tackle mathematical challenges with confidence;
- Encourage all students to develop autonomy and powers of self-evaluation;
- Encourage all students to work co-operatively;
- Encourage all students to read, write and talk about mathematics.
We believe that it is important to enable students to have opportunities for mathematical enrichment. In recent years, students have been the opportunity to go on cross-curricular trips, including visits to the Ashmolean Museum (where they investigated the mathematics of perspective), the Oxford Museum of Natural History, and Bletchley Park. A number of our sixth form students have been given the opportunity to go to Mathematics lectures run by Oxford University.
Within school, we enter students from 11-18 in the UKMT Mathematics Challenges.
KEY STAGE THREE
At Key Stage Three, Cheney students study a range of number, algebra, geometry, measures, statistics and probability topics. In line with the National Curriculum, we focus on students developing fluency in mathematical methods, as well as mathematical reasoning and problem solving. Students are assessed regularly throughout the year by their teachers, with three main summative assessments per year.
KEY STAGE FOUR
At Key Stage Four, all Cheney students study for a GCSE in Mathematics. The GCSE course covers a range of number, algebra, geometry, measures, statistics and probability topics. The GCSE is assessed at Higher and Foundation level at the end of Year 11. Currently, we enter students in Mathematics using the Edexcel examination board.
Within school, we assess students regular throughout Year 10, and students sit mock examinations in October and March of Year 11, to help them to be prepared for the GCSE examinations.
KEY STAGE FIVE
In Key Stage Five, we offer A-Level Mathematics and A-Level Further Mathematics. All A-Level students study a number of core mathematics modules, which contain algebra, trigonometry, calculus, numerical methods and vectors. Students will also take applied modules in mechanics and statistics. Currently, we enter students in A-level Mathematics using the OCR examination board.