Ysgol Uwchradd Caergybi, Holyhead, Anglesey LL65 1NP
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Welcome to the Holyhead High School Mathematics Department

Welcome to the maths department, you will find lots information about our department as well as links to help you improve your maths.


Pupils in years 7, 8 and 9 have four lessons a week. All year groups are placed into sets according to their ability. The KS3 Scheme of work is divided in to modules and is based around the National Numeracy Framework. Pupils are tested at regular intervals throughout KS3 and monitored closely by their classroom teachers. There will also be an end of year test. The mathematics curriculum is divided into 4 strands; Number, Algebra, Geometry and Measures and Statistics and Probability. In the Spring of Year 9 Pupils will start to follow the GCSE scheme of work. Full details of the KS3 Scheme of work can be found in the KS3 folder

In May all pupils will sit the National Numeracy tests


Pupils will prepare for 2 Mathematics GCSE’s

GCSE Mathematics which will build on and progress from the levels of mathematics expected at the end of KS3, based on the 4 main strands; Number, Algebra, Geometry and Measures and Statistics and Probability

GCSE in Mathematics –Numeracy will assess the mathematics that learners will need in their everyday lives, in the world of work, and in other general curriculum areas. There are three tiers of entry: Higher (A* - D), Intermediate (B – E) and Foundation (D – G). Full details of the GCSE content can be found in the KS4 folder for both exams. Pupils will sit 2 units for both exams. Unit 1 is a non-calculator paper and Unit 2 a calculator paper; The Higher and Intermediate units are 1 hour 45 minutes long. The Foundation 1 hour 30minutes.

Level 2 Certificate in Additional Mathematics

This qualification will provide a course of study for the most able candidates for GCSE Mathematics to be stretched and challenged. This course is only available to students whose class teacher has identified them as suitable for entry. Additional Maths is not part of the options process. Full details of the content can be found in the KS4 folder


From September 2017 the Mathematics (GCE) A-level qualification is undergoing a complete overall. We will update our website soon.


At KS3 Pupils will receive a homework pack for each module.

At KS4 pupils will be set homework based on past GCSE questions.


In addition to their usual equipment, students require the following as a bare minimum for their maths lessons from year 7 to 11:

  • scientific calculator (we recommend the Casio FX-83)
  • a ruler
  • a compass
  • a protractor
    Maths Department Staff
  • Mr Geraint Simpson - Learning Leader
  • Mr Paul Bedingfield - Assistant Learning Leader
  • Mr Kevin Maguire - Senior Director
  • Mrs Gemma Owen - Creative Director
  • Mr Wyn Owen - Numeracy Coordinator





Useful websites

Mr Barton’s Maths - looking for some extra help with a topic http://www.mrbartonmaths.com/

Excellent Revision resources

BBC Bite Size

KS3 - http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zqhs34j

KS4 - http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zg9xnbk

Revision for Maths http://revisegcsemaths.co.uk/

Numeracy Counts http://www.numeracycounts.co.uk/

Great revision material for National Numeracy Papers and GCSE

Nrich - engaging mathematical activities http://nrich.maths.org/students

And don’t forget to look at youtube there are loads of videos showing you how to answer a particular question.

Pi Day 2017 – Press report

Pupils at Ysgol Uwchradd Caergybi celebrated world Pi Day last Tuesday with a variety of activities and competitions. The iconic number is celebrated around the world on March 14th (3/14) and has particular relevance to Anglesey, as it was mathematician William Jones (from Llanfihangel) who, in 1706, was the first to use the symbol π to represent the number 3.1415926…., the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter.

Pupils celebrated pi day with activities throughout the day. These included creating a human pi chain, discovering pi by recreating an experiment called ‘Buffon’s Needles’, making pi paper chains, pi day greetings cards and posters. The activities culminated in the annual pi championship where pupils compete to memorize as many digits of pi as possible. This year’s winner was Natalie Walters Hughes (year 8) who was able to recite 55 digits from memory. The staff competition was won by Mr Geraint Simpson who recited 80 digits in front of a packed lunchtime crowd. Pupils were also asked to design a poster to celebrate our Welsh connection with pi. The winner was Ellie Corcoran (year7).
Pupils also raised money for the Holyhead food bank by donating money for the teacher they wanted to ‘Pi’. The unlucky teacher was Mr Alun Edwards who had shaving foam and squeezy cream Pi’s thrown at him, to the pleasure of the large crowd of cheering spectators.


year 7 G pi chain 4