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The Mathematics department has very high expectations for all of our students. We have created an environment encouraging positive achievement, where students can develop to their full potential.

We ensure the work they do in Mathematics relates to all areas of the curriculum and provides pupils with excellent numeracy skills that will give them the tools needed for the world today.

We are also part of the Year 7 Specialist Schools Curriculum, and run a module called ‘How and Why?’ as part of the School of Discovery.

Without mathematics, there's nothing you can do. Everything around you is mathematics. Everything around you is numbers.



Chess club - lunchtimes

Peer mentoring breakfast club 

Why Study this Subject? 

Mathematics is the tool and language of commerce, engineering and other sciences. It helps us recognise patterns and to understand the world around us. Mathematics plays a vital role in many aspects of modern life, e.g. space travel; safeguarding credit card details on the internet; modelling the spread of epidemics; predicting stock market prices; business decision making.

As society becomes more technically dependent, there will be an increasing requirement for people with a high level of mathematical training. Analytical and quantitative skills are sought by a wide range of employers. A qualification in mathematics provides students with a broad range of skills in problem solving, logical reasoning and flexible thinking. This leads to careers that are exciting, challenging and diverse in nature. 

Topics of Study and Assignments 

Years 7 and 8 - Students will work on number, algebra, geometry, statistics and probability; becoming proficient at problem solving and prepared for their GCSE.

Years 9, 10 and 11 - Students continue to work in all of the above areas, developing and enhancing their skills ready for their GCSE examination.

Years 10 and 11 option – Additional Mathematics - for those pupils who are thinking of studying Mathematics at A-Level or have a strong ability in the subject, Additional Mathematics provides the stepping stones for college.

The Team

Nicola Raven is the Head of the Department, has been teaching Mathematics for 7 years and has a degree in Mathematics education.

Kieran Colverd is a Teacher of Mathematics.

Nigel Copp has been teaching Mathematics for 4 years and has a degree in Business Studies. Prior to teaching, he worked for a plastic manufacturing company as a buyer and production planner.

Noel German is a Teacher of Mathematics.

Oshi Madders has been working with students for the last 12 years and now focuses specifically on teaching Mathematics. She has a BA in Education, a PGCE in Mathematics and a MSc in Psychology.

Daniel Thomas, Mathematics Teacher (Intervention Lead) has been teaching at Varndean for four years and has a Degree in Mathematics Education. Prior to teaching he worked in the construction industry and did youth work in the local area.

Enrique Varea Calvo is a Mathematics Teacher. He is qualified with a Bachelor degree in Architecture and Buildings. He has lived in three different countries and his professional interest is developing Mathematics in young students showing them its value in the real world. 

Francis Wheeley, Deputy Head of Mathematics, Years 9-11 Additional Mathematics, has been teaching for 3 years and has a degree in Chemical Engineering

Events and Activities

Enrichment Mathematics residential trip.

Inter-school Mathematics competitions from September 2015 for all years.

Students can study Additional Mathematics and Statistics as an option from Year 9. 


Chess club

Year 11 peer mentoring breakfast club.