Welcome to the Dominican College Mathematics Department
Dominican College Mathematics teachers aim to instil within children a love for Mathematics.

A Amy Whitehead

Amy Whitehead. Joint first in GCSE Additional Mathematics 2014


We work continuously with our pupils to help them develop an understanding and appreciation of this fantastic subject that enables them to excel both in their school and future careers.  We aim to help the girls identify cross curricular links with maths and other subjects and encourage them to acknowledge the importance and relevance of maths with regard to real life situations. The girls participate in a number of different activities, which enable them to learn maths both as a body of knowledge and as a mode of enquiry. The content and the methods with which they are taught aim to empower the girls to achieve their potential and to make informed and responsible choices throughout their lives.


B Maths Club

Year 8 enjoying Maths Fun Club

C Year 9 Group Work

A sample of work produced by Year 9

D Mode of Enquiry

Year 10 working in groups to solve problems

  • Mrs M Buick (Head of Senior Mathematics)
  • Mrs L Catney
  • Mr S Hughes
  • Mr S Mailey
  • Mrs M Monaghan
  • Mrs G Morrison (Head of Junior Mathematics)
  • Mrs AM Toal
Throughout the key stages there are a variety of support classes offered. Junior Maths Mentoring sessions are hosted by A-Level pupils during the school day and staff lead revision classes both before and after school to equip the girls with the confidence they need to flourish within this diverse subject. 

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Melissa and Katie really appreciate the support of their maths mentors.
Dominican College look for opportunities to extend and challenge our Gifted and Talented pupils and so have been involved in the nationwide Junior Mathematics Challenge for several years. We have very high expectations of all of our girls and always aim to create a positive learning environment where the girls’ achievements are recognised and celebrated. Parents are kept informed via Parent Mail of what is going on within the department, such as who is awarded the ‘Mathematics Pupil of the Month’ from each class.

F Pupils of the Month

Year 8 Mathematics Pupils of the Month

We encourage and promote problem solving skills at all levels and across the range of mathematical topics. Within the junior school pupils work in groups to solve real life problems, which require them to investigate and explore all possible solutions to the task before making a solid conclusion based on their findings.


G Investigation and Celebrated Work

A sample of investigations conducted in Year 9

Within Dominican College the importance of excellent maths skills is promoted at all times, not just inside the buzz of the classroom.


H Caitlin and Eva Rose

Caitlin and Eva Rose enjoy working together in Mathematics.

In Year 8

Pupils are supported through the transition from primary to secondary school maths by their teachers and by the senior pupils. They sit a baseline test called PIM, (Progress in Mathematics’). The data collected from PIM facilitates us as a department and a school to assess where the girls are in their understanding of Mathematics and support them accordingly to ensure they reach their full potential. Teachers set individual targets with the girls based on this information and monitor their progress throughout the year by means of both formative and common summative assessments. The Year 8 course focusses on ensuring all pupils have a solid foundation in Mathematics. As they move through Key Stage 3, their notebooks, exercises and investigations consolidate what they have learned in primary school and build upon that knowledge to help them master the key areas of Mathematics; Number, Algebra, Shape & Space and Handling Data.

I Year 8 Class

Year 8 enjoy learning about maths in B3

In Year 10

In Year 10 the girls are streamed into classes that best suit their ability. This is to ensure that each child is provided with an environment conducive to their learning. It is during Year 10 that we start to introduce and prepare the girls for their GCSE examination in Mathematics.

J Year 10 Group Work

A sample of work produced by Year 10

As our pupils enter Year 11 they are placed in a Maths class which most suits their level of ability. The decision about which Maths class they go into is based upon their performance in Maths at KS3. The Mathematics department aims for high standards through clear academic and personal targets, careful monitoring of our pupils’ progress and using assessment for learning. We endeavour to make our pupils independent and achieve success by focusing on their individual needs. The department encourages pupil’s learning at home and parents’ involvement.
All pupils follow the CCEA modular GCSE specification in Mathematics. The following combinations of modules are offered.
Modules     Highest Grade Available
T2 & T5     C
T3 & T5     B
T3 & T6     A
T4 & T6     A*

Currently, pupils have the opportunity to sit GCSE Mathematics modules in summer of year 11 and also January and summer of year 12.
In 2015, the Mathematics department gained 100% A*-C at GCSE.

Those pupils who excel in Mathematics and have a keen interest in the subject will take GCSE Further Mathematics in year 12.
This is comprised of two units:

Unit 1 Pure Mathematics (50%)
Unit 2 Mechanics & Statistics (each 25%)

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Amy Whitehead. Joint first in GCSE Additional Mathematics 2014

GCSE Further Mathematics takes the study of Mathematics beyond the content of GCSE Higher Tier. It introduces some of the mechanics and statistics topics that students encounter in AS Mathematics and acts as a ‘stepping stone’ between GCSE and GCE.  The study of GCSE Further Mathematics is compulsory for those pupils intending to take GCE Mathematics.

GCE (AS/A2 Level) Mathematics


L A Level Group Work

A sample of work produced by A-Level pupils

Mathematics is an interesting and challenging course. Pupils taking either AS or A2 Mathematics should have a keen interest in the subject and an enthusiasm for their work. Success in this subject requires an enquiring mind and the ability to reason concisely and logically.

All pupils follow the CCEA modular GCE specification in Mathematics.
At AS level, students study two Pure Mathematics modules (C1 & C2) along with a Mechanics module.
At A2 level, students continue their studies in Pure Mathematics (C3 & C4) along with a statistics module

Full specifications and support materials for GCSE and GCE Mathematics are available at
Mathematics skills are viewed highly by employers
Grade A*-C in GCSE Mathematics is required for almost every avenue of further study and career. Most universities and colleges require at least grade ‘C’ in GCSE Mathematics for entry to any of their courses and a considerable number of courses now require a ‘B’.
Good numeracy skills are highly valued by employers and graduates with mathematical subjects and good communication skills are in demand either as specialists or in a wide range of commercial activities.







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