The Coopers' Company and Coborn School


Department AIMS:

The Mathematics Department aims to provide a supportive learning environment that will enable each student to:

  • develop the mathematical skills needed for their everyday life;
  • develop a positive attitude towards mathematics, including confidence, enjoyment and perseverance;
  • think mathematically, precisely, logically and creatively;
  • communicate mathematical ideas effectively by using specialist vocabulary and accurate written notation;
  • apply their knowledge, skills and understanding to a range of mathematical concepts and situations;
  • enjoy learning mathematics;
  • work both independently and cooperatively;
  • develop an appreciation of the role of mathematics in society;
  • achieve their full potential in formal examinations.

Maths Staff:

If you have any concerns with regards to your child's progress in Maths, you are asked to discuss the matter with your child initially, before contacting their class teacher if necessary.  Contact should be made by email, and you are kindly asked to not leave messages on the department's telephone voice mail as it is not possible for us to check this with sufficient regularity for it to be a reliable method of contacting us.  We do however ask that emails are kept to an absolute minimum as responding to parental emails inevitably impacts on teacher workload and reduces the amount of time staff have to spend on tasks that enhance student progress.

Member of Staff            

Main Responsibilities

Mrs Gill Dove

Head of Department

Key Stage 3 and 4 Coordinator

Mr Tony Moss

2nd in Maths Department

Key Stage 5 Coordinator

Mr Mohammad Ali Maths Teacher
Mr Mike Bear Part-time Maths Teacher

Mr Luke Bonnett

Maths Teacher

Head of Year 7

Mr Neville Dennehy

Maths Teacher

Mr Chris Dove

Maths Teacher

Miss Ellie Griffiths Maths Teacher

Mrs Jose Harris

Assistant Headteacher - i/c of Curriculum/Timetable

Maths Teacher

Mr Michael Musaazi

Maths Teacher

Mr Gordon Sears Maths Teacher


All students are expected to have the following equipment available every lesson:

  • Exercise book
  • Pen, pencil, rubber, sharpener
  • Ruler, protractor and compass.  We recommend Maped compasses.
  • Scientific Calculator – We recommend the Casio Scientific Calculator FX83GT or similar
  • Colouring pencils, glue stick and scissors
  • Many students also find a geometry template, index cards and a selection of post-it notes useful.
  • Tippex is not allowed.


The Mathematics Department makes every effort to be environmentally aware. Students should routinely expect to obtain their homework through the Maths Pupil Common Room on Fronter, or one of our other subscription services:  KerboodleMyMaths or Hegarty Maths.

Where tasks are worksheet based, there is no expectation that sheets will be printed. Students are encouraged to “be green and keep it on the screen”.  For tasks where the answers are entered on the computer, students should be prepared to complete workings in their exercise book if necessary.

Homework may be set for completion on paper rather than in exercise books.  This avoids students being unable to complete work because their teacher has their book, and allows staff to manage their marking more effectively.  To facilitate this, when your child is completing homework, they will need to have access to a selection of A4 paper, including 5mm squared paper, graph paper and tracing paper.  

Homework should not cause undue stress or loss of sleep.  If, on occasion, your child is unable to complete their homework due to other commitments, they are expected to bring a note from a responsible adult to explain this.  The note may request an extension or, if the person writing the note feels that it is appropriate, they may request that the student be excused completely from the set work.      In the absence of a note from a responsible adult, students who fail to complete their homework should expect to be given a detention after school.  

Students who simply encounter difficulty with their homework are expected to try and resolve the problem by using: 

  •  a revision guide;
  • resources from the vle such as those in the Maths Pupil Common Room;
  • the electronic version of the textbook on Kerboodle, which includes invisipen tutorials;
  • internet sources such as Youtube.

Help is routinely available at lunchtimes for students who encounter problems with their work, or indeed those who simply want to extend their learning outside of lessons.  The use of tutors is not recommended.    

We recommend the free geometry and graphing software, Geogebra, and the graphing website Desmos.  Desmos and Geogebra are both available as free apps.


The Mathematics Department offers a two-year Key Stage 3.  Your child's current working grade will be based on formal exams and reported using the schools' internal grading system for KS3.  


Students begin their GCSE in Year 9.  Our students study the AQA GCSE Specification AQA 8300.   The tier of entry at GCSE is decided by staff using their professional judgement.  The tier is subject to change if the results of internal examinations, including mock results, indicates the need to do so.  Tiers of entry are normally finalised by Easter of Year 11.  However, please note that due to the significant increase in the level of difficulty with the new GCSE Maths curriculum, we expect the number of students entering the higher tier GCSE to significantly lower than previously.  We are unable to offer meetings to parents to discuss to tiers of entry.  

If any links do not work in the following presentation on study skills, it can be viewed in the Maths Pupil Common Room on the vle instead.

Additional Information:

Students in Years 7 to 11 are taught in groups of no more than 30.  Each group is named using a random letter of the alphabet, with each class normally being restricted to 30.  Setting is based on the results of assessments and reviewed regularly.  If your child's set is amended, they will be informed by their teacher.  We do not offer meetings to discuss set changes with parents.  For further information on student grouping, please see the attached letter.

Gifted and Talented Mathematicians in all year groups regularly take part in the UK Mathematics Challenge at Junior, Intermediate and Senior Level. Students who received Gold certificates may be invited to enter further rounds and the Mathematics Olympiads.  A small group of our most able Year 10 students are also invited to take part in Maths Feast each year.

The Mathematics Department runs a Year 9 trip to Greenwich to complete a Mathematics trail during activities week.

We currently have subscriptions to MyMathsKerboodleHegarty Maths and Times Tables Rock Stars.  Students in years 7 to 11 may also find the use of the Pixl Maths App beneficial.


Recommended Reading for Years 7 to 11:


recommended reading for Years 12 and 13: