Maths department staff list:

  • Mrs E Sharpe (Head of Department)
  • Mr D McNabb (Assistant Vice Principal)
  • Mr A Carleton
  • Mrs G McDermott
  • Mrs M Naughton


The Maths Department in Glengormley High School endeavours to ensure that by the end of his/her mathematical education in this school, each student will be able to:

  • Perform basic numeracy skills
  • Perform basic mathematical skills and gain qualifications needed in his/her chosen career or for entry to Higher or Further Education
  • Understand the Maths likely to be encountered in daily adult life
  • Experience satisfaction and enjoyment in his/her mathematical achievements
  • Obtain his/her best possible results throughout their school career


Key Stage 3

In Year 8 all students are set within Maths, but follow the same curriculum with lessons appropriately differentiated. Results from Tracking Tests are used to identify pupils whose progress would merit moving classes.  In Years 9 and 10 classes follow 2 schemes of work according to their ability level and will be introduced to concepts and topics needed at GCSE level.


Pupil experiences:

“I love Maths, it is fun.  My teacher helps us learn and I know that I need Maths for lots of jobs when I leave school.”


“Maths is fun and enjoyable.”


“I love Maths because I find it an enjoyable subject.  I think that the teachers make it fun.”


Year 8 working on angles:


Students in Years 11 and 12 will follow the CCEA Maths specification for GCSE.  They will complete a module in June of Year 11 and January and June in Year 12.  Those unable to attain a grade at GCSE level will follow a suitable examination (Entry Level).

GCSE Further Maths is available as an option choice for those pupils studying Higher Tier Maths who are considering studying A Level Maths in Sixth Year.


Pupil experiences:

“Maths is my favourite and strongest subject.  I find it easy because my teacher explains everything really well.”

“Maths is really enjoyable.  My teacher is amazing and explains Maths so well.  Even though Maths can be difficult, I know that my teacher will help me to do the best of my ability.”

“I love Maths because it is challenging, enjoyable and interesting.  I always try my best!”

“I like Maths because I find the subject enjoyable and the teachers are lovely.”

“I like Maths because there are lots of different topics.  I find it challenging but fun and I like my teacher.”


A Level

Students who have performed particularly well at GCSE Level and choose to study Maths at A Level will follow the CCEA specification.  A Grade B or better in GCSE Maths is essential and GCSE Further Maths is desirable.  Students will study two Pure Maths modules along with one Statistics module in Year 13.  Two Pure Maths modules and one Mechanics module will be studied in Year 14.


Pupil experiences:

“I enjoy Maths as I like problem solving and confronting challenging questions.  I achieved an A* in my Maths GCSE which shows my enthusiasm for the subject.  All of the Maths teachers I’ve had so far have been very helpful.”

“I chose to study Maths at A Level because while I was doing my GCSE Maths I was able to enjoy the topics that the subject had to offer me.  I enjoy doing Maths.”

“I chose to study Maths because I enjoyed all of the topics from Years 11 and 12 (loved surds the most though J).  I have good relationships with all of the teachers and I am really enjoying A Level Maths so far.”

“Maths is a fun subject.  It offers great topics such as quadratics, cumulative frequencies and simultaneous equations.  The Maths teachers are helpful and good at making the topics fun.  Maths is my favourite subject.”


High Achievers in GCSE Maths 2018

  • Freya Lewis – Grade A* (Full marks achieved in GCSE Maths)
  • Demi Blair – Grade A*
  • Zoe McFarland – Grade A*
  • Sara Badger – Grade A
  • Beth Bonnar – Grade A
  • Rebecca Brown – Grade A
  • Tanisha Henderson – Grade A
  • Nathan Sloss – Grade A


High Achievers in GCSE Further Maths 2017

  • Sara Badger – Grade B
  • Tanisha Henderson – Grade B
  • Demi Blair – Grade C
  • Beth Bonnar – Grade C
  • Darragh Fagan – Grade C
  • Calvin Hodder – Grade C
  • Zoe McFarland – Grade C
  • Nathan Sloss – Grade C


Frequently Asked Questions

How often will I get Maths homework?

Maths homework will be set regularly.  All students should complete all homework given by teachers to the best of their ability.

What materials will I need to bring to my Maths class?

You should always be equipped with your classwork book, a pen, a pencil, a ruler and a scientific calculator (Year 10 onwards).

How can I be successful at Maths?

Always work to the best of your ability and always ask your teacher if you need any help.

What careers prospects are there with Maths?

Maths is important because it is the most widely used subject in the world.  Every career uses some types of Maths.  Doing Maths helps you to reason and organise complicated situations or problems into clear steps.  Therefore by doing Maths students will develop their logical thinking and problem solving skills that are needed in all jobs.

Past pupils who were successful in A Level Maths – What are they doing now?

  • Katie Diven is completing an Apprenticeship at PWC.
  • Jason Prause and Glen Speers are in their second year studying Accountacy at UUJ. They both finished first year with First Class Honours and got onto the Deans list of Awards.
  • Nathan Bennett is in Level 2 of his Maths and Physics degree with the Open University. He has also started his own tutoring business and hopes to complete a PGCE after graduation.
  • Amy-Leigh Trimble graduated in Mechanical Engineering from UUJ and now works at SJ McAuley.
  • Allison English is in her final year at UUJ completing a degree in Computing Technologies.
  • Sarah McNutt graduated with First Class Honours from UUJ and is now completing a PGCE in Primary Teaching.


Useful Maths websites




Year 8 Izak9 competition

On Friday 15th February tensions were high in Maths, Year 8 students were involved in an Izak9 cube competition.   The winning group was Jessica, Caroline, Megan and Zara. Well done girls!

Elf Bungee Jumps

On Thursday some of Santa’s Elves were involved in a bungee jump project with our Year 8 Maths students. The pupils worked in groups to collect data and then they used their tables and graphs to calculate how the elves could safely make a bigger bungee jump. No elves were injured today!

Year 10 Explore Circle Theory

Mrs McDermott’s class investigated the relationship between the circumference and diameter of circles. They measured the circumference and found if they divided it by the diameter the answer was always around 3. A few pupils managed to get 3.14 – the exact value of Pi, the number we were trying to discover!

Year 8 Maths Investigations Treasure Hunt Winners

On Thursday our Year 8 were doing more investigation work in Maths. This week they had to complete a treasure hunt, the winners were Matthew and Brendan; the runners up were Matthew and Alex. Well done boys!

Year 8 using Izak 9 in Maths

Recently our Year 8 pupils have been using the Izak 9 cube system to carry out investigations in Maths. The cubes have been helping them explore numbers.

Former pupils visit the Maths Department

On Friday 22nd June former pupils Anna O’Connor and Katie Diven called in for a visit. Anna is studying Sociology with criminology at UUJ and Katie is completing an accountancy apprenticeship with PWC.

The girls said

I miss school, I really miss it, I miss the routine, sixth year were the best years, we had such close relationships with our teachers.

Mossley’s Maths Day

To celebrate World Maths Day Mrs Sharpe and 3 A Level Maths pupils went to Mossley Primary School for ‘Mossleys Maths Day 2018’.  The 3 girls were Holly Clyde, Zoe Wright and Sarah Ferguson.  Zoe and Sarah worked with P1 pupils practicing odd and even numbers, while Holly and Mrs Sharpe had a geometry ‘escape room’ type quiz with each of the 3 P7 classes.  A fun day was had by everyone involved.

Mrs McDermott’s class investigate 3D shapes

Mrs McDermott’s year 8 Maths class were investigating 3D shapes by using marshmallows and cocktail sticks to for the vertices and edges.  We made as many different shapes as we could then we had a competition to see who could make various shapes the quickest.  Check out their hard work in room 9G on Open Night.  There were even a few marshmallows left over at the end for a breaktime treat!

Year 9 Maths Izak Cube Challenge

On Friday 15th of December some of our Year 9 pupils took part in a variety of challenges using the Izak 9 cubes.  Well done to all who participated!

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