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nodata0108Mr Blizzard
Head of Mathematics

Mr Blizzard graduated from Staffordshire University in 2008 with BA Honours in Journalism. After travelling the world, he completed his Primary SCITT year in 2011 and taught in primary schools around the county, including two years as Assistant Head. In his spare time, he enjoys sport, music and being out on the Cornish coastal path.


nodata0098Mr Webb
Teacher of Mathematics and Computing

Mr Webb joined Brannel in January 2016, having previously worked in a number of secondary schools around Cornwall, mainly as a teacher of ICT and Computing and Business Studies. He has a keen interest in most sports and this includes playing football for a local club and coaching a youth football team and enjoying the beaches and lifestyle Cornwall has to offer.

nodata0059Mrs Carbis
Teacher of Mathematics

Miss Carbis joined the school in 2016 after teaching within the county and working for a Science Education Charity. She graduated from Edinburgh University in 2010 with a Masters in Chemistry with Industrial Experience before working for Imerys in the Performance Minerals team. She enjoys exploring the Cornish countryside in her spare time and is a keen baker.

nodata0064Mr Worthington
Teacher of Mathematics

Mr Worthington joined Brannel School in January 2015, having previously worked in Northern Ireland and London (Hackney) as a mathematics and science teacher. He graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Loughborough University. His interests include cycling (he bikes to school), kayaking, sailing and swimming. Mr Worthington is also Brannel's Careers Lead.

nodata0050Mrs Matthews
Teacher of Mathematics
Mrs Matthews did her degree with the Open University whilst working as a Cover Supervisor at Fowey Community College. She went on to complete her PGCE with Cornwall SCITT. Mrs Matthews joined Brannel as a Teacher of Maths following 3 years at Penair School.


Miss Burden
Teacher of Mathematics

Ms Burden joined the school in 2018. She has a first class honours degree in Mathematics from the University of Sussex and completed her Secondary Mathematics PGCE after finishing her degree. She is keen to develop her teaching skills and inspire students to enjoy learning Maths.


nodata0054Mr Morse
Higher Level Assistant Teacher

A former pupil of the school, Mr Morse returned to Brannel in 2005 as a teaching assistant in the Special Educational Needs Department following twenty years in the Civil Service. In 2012, he joined the maths department as a classroom assistant and achieved Higher Level Teaching Assistant status in 2014. He has run St Stephen in Brannel Youth Football Club since 1986.


Mathematics is not only useful for its many applications in other subject areas and real life applications, but enjoyable and rewarding as a subject in its own right. The world of mathematics revolves around its inherent ability to be presented and communicated in many different forms. Problem solving skills are obtained by adopting the logical approach presented through mathematics, with the fluidity of a method often valued as highly as the solution. Whatever the level, there is always the sense that there are new discoveries to be made in and through mathematics.

What will I study?
The New National Curriculum for Maths is broken down into the following topic areas:

Number: Structure and calculation. Fractions, decimals and Percentages. Measures and accuracy.

Algebra: Notation, vocabulary and manipulation. Graphs. Solving equations and inqualities. Sequences

Ratio, proportion and rates of change: Change between units. Compare quantities and proportions.

Geometry and measures: Properties and constructions. Mensuration and calculation. Vectors.

Probability: Record and analyse frequency of outcomes. Using processes to predict outcomes.

Statistics: Sampling. Interpreting of charts, graphs and comparison of data sets.

How will my work be assessed?

Topics are assessed formatively as students progress through the course, both at Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4. End of Unit assessments are used to highlight areas of strength and those requiring development for specific mathematical skills, allowing staff and students to focus their future efforts accordingly. Students begin the GCSE course at the start of Year 9 and follow a specifically designed 3-year scheme of work to fully prepare them for the demands of the examinations. At the end of year 11, students sit three exam papers which result in the award of a GCSE grade 1-9.

Paper 1 - Non-calculator examination

Paper 2 - Calculator examination

Paper 3 - Calculator examination

*All three exams are equally weighted, out of 80 marks, and last for 1hr30 minutes.

Why study Maths?
Maths is fundamental to many other subject areas. It is rightly identified as a 'Core' subject due to importance in enabling students to function effectively in life. Its applications in everyday life are far reaching, but there is also a satisfaction and enjoyment in gaining fluidity in mathematical processes, and exploring problems through mathematics.

What will this subject enable me to do when I leave Brannel School?
Maths is recognised universally as a critical subject. It is therefore a requirement for many areas of further study, including engineering, finance and the sciences to name a few, while being seen as advantageous for nearly every other field of study. Mathematics courses at A and AS Level include Core Maths, Decision, Mechanics and Statistics.

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Examination Board: Edexcel
Qualification: GCSE
Tiers Grades
Higher tier 4-9
Foundation tier 1-5

Note: Students sitting Maths GCSE in June 2017 will be assessed under the new GCSE Curriculum for Maths.