MG 0058a

Staff Contact Details

Mr R Goodman (Head of Faculty)

Mrs S Ruddy (Assistant Head of Faculty) - maternity leave

Mrs S Bourne

Ms N Khan

Mrs T Malik

Mr R Moore

Mrs A Oxley

Mrs M Penhale-Jones

Mr G Stevens

Curriculum Overview

Mathematics is an essential subject enabling us to solve many important and intriguing problems. A high-quality Mathematics education can support students in further study in many disciplines, including Science, Technology, Engineering and Economics. However Mathematics is also a fascinating and varied subject in its own right and the Mathematics Department at Herschel hope to provide all our students with opportunities to appreciate the beauty and scope of the subject and to enjoy learning Mathematics as much as we enjoy teaching it.

In line with the National Curriculum, students at Herschel will learn to work fluently, to reason mathematically and to solve problems. The Mathematics Department makes use of a range of resources and teaching activities to support all students. Pair and group work allows students to discuss challenging problems with peers, to confront and correct misconceptions and to explain their thinking to their peers as well as to develop cross-curricular skills in teamwork and communication. Classes make use of ICT resources such as computers and iPads with Internet access as well as mathematical software such as Autograph and GeoGebra in order to explore concepts and conjectures. Students in most year groups are issued with a text book which they need to bring to every lesson. In addition the department subscribes to My Maths which students may like to use outside lessons for consolidation and revision of past topics.

At Key Stages 3 and 4, pupils have three hour long Mathematics lessons per week and two pieces of homework, which involve a variety of tasks including research and problem solving. Pupils are assessed roughly once per half term in order to track their progress.

Mathematics is an extremely popular A Level subject at Herschel and a significant number of students choose to study A Level Further Mathematics in addition to A Level Mathematics. At A Level students have five hour long lessons per week for Mathematics and a further five hours if they elect to study Further Mathematics. Students are regularly assessed through both homework tasks and more formal in-lesson tests.

For further details of KS3, GCSE and A Level Mathematics at Herschel, including course overviews and enrichment strategies, please select the appropriate level of study from the menu to the left.

Extracurricular Opportunities

Students in all year groups are encouraged to take part in national Mathematics competitions, including those organised by the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust (UKMT).

UKMT Individual Maths Challenges

The UKMT Individual Maths Challenges are interesting and challenging multiple choice papers which are taken by over 600,000 students from over 4,000 schools and colleges each year. In past years many Herschel students have performed impressively well and received gold, silver or bronze certificates. Some students have even qualified for follow-on competitions, designed to provide further challenge for the highest performing participants nationally.

UKMT Maths Challenge Competition dates for 2015-16:


Year groups eligible

Date of competition


Year 13 or below

Thursday 5 November 2015


Year 11 or below

Thursday 4 February 2016


Year 8 or below

Thursday 28 April 2016


For further information on the UKMT Maths Challenges, click here.

Team Maths Challenges

Students in some year groups have the opportunity to compete in the Team Maths Challenges. In addition to requiring the same mathematical knowledge, skills and flexibility as the Individual Maths Challenges, competitors in the Team Maths Challenges must develop excellent team work and communication skills in order to succeed.

The UKMT Team Maths Challenge is aimed at pupils in Years 8 and 9 and the Senior Maths Challenge (jointly organised by the UKMT and the Further Maths Support Programme) is aimed at students in Years 11, 12 and 13.

For further information on the Team Maths Challenge, click here.

For further information on the Senior Team Maths Challenge, click here.

Useful Links

Visit My Maths to complete any online homework tasks set by your teacher or to access lessons, explanations and practice questions for consolidation and revision. See posters in Maths classrooms for the school log in details. Your teacher will give you log in details for your own individual account.

nrich is a good source of Maths puzzles and investigations if you are looking for an extra challenge.

There are monthly and weekly problems suggested for pupils at KS3 and KS4 and also for students at KS5.

GeoGebra is free multi-platform Mathematics software that you can download to use at home.

Mathematics on Twitter

Enrichment Strategies

Name Date  
Enrichment strategies for Year 7 into Year 8 28th January 2015 Download >
Enrichment strategies for Year 8 into Year 9 28th January 2015 Download >