Meet the Team

Assistant Principal Mathematics Strategic Faculty Lead - Adam Stead 

Assistant Principal Teacher Training - Vicki Gilmore 

Senior Post Holder - Alona Baird 

Director of Student Leadership and Ambition - Erica Cherry 

Associate Faculty Leader Mathematics - Carol Butler

Teacher of maths - Neil Todd 

Teacher of maths - Danny Cowling

Teacher of maths - Ben Schofield

Teacher of maths - Katie Hall 

Teacher of maths - Ellis Clayton 

Teacher of maths - Steven Hooley

HLTA - Marie Clarke 

Dearne ALC 2016 Results


Dearne ALC 2016
A* - C 65%
3+ levels progress 67%
4+ levels progress 27%
A/A* 15%
Progress 8

Ofsted, December 2016

Better teaching has led to improved achievement, especially in mathematics. 
Maths | The Dearne ALC

“The teaching of mathematics is effective. Most pupils make good progress in this subject.” 

“In mathematics, for example, teachers routinely provide interesting problem-solving activities and probe pupils’ under-standing of mathematical knowledge so that pupils have to find solutions and solve problems.” 

KS3 provision

Year 7 and 8 follow a mastery curriculum. Activities ensure that students gain a deep understanding of the mathematics they are learning, regardless of their ability. Students are required to think, discuss and share ideas rather than to just learn a procedure. This enables them to make connections, provide reasons and solve more challenging problems. 

Mathematics | The Dearne ALC
We want all maths students at The Dearne ALC to learn the ‘why’ rather than just the ‘what’ and ‘how’. 


KS4 provision

The GCSE course begins in Year 9. We use the AQA exam board. The curriculum has been divided into 51 teaching units. Groups follow either core, advanced or expert pathways, depending on their target grades. 

Year 11 students receive intensive examination preparation through ‘Session 6’, ‘Food for Thought’ and Tutor Time additional provision. 

Ambitious Aspirations | The Dearne ALC

Exam information:

Higher Tier: grade 4 – 9. Foundation Tier: grade 1 - 5

Paper 1 Paper 2 Paper 3
Non Calculator Calculator Calculator
1 hour 30 minutes 1 hour 30 minutes 1 hour 30 minutes
80 marks 80 marks 80 marks

Clubs, extra-curricular and enrichment 

  • Darts club 
  • Chess club 
  • 100 club 

A competitive ladder showing who can compete 100 mixed multiplication questions the fastest, with no errors. Any student succeeding in getting on the ladder gets a membership badge. 

  • Maths inspiration event 

Organised by The University of Sheffield, this annual Key Stage 4 trip to The Crucible theatre features a range of guest speakers who demonstrate the diverse applications of mathematics beyond the educational environment. 





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    “Pupils are helpful, polite and courteous to staff, visitors and to each other. The atmosphere in school is positive, supportive and caring.” Ofsted 2016

    Ofsted 2016

    “The teaching of mathematics is effective. Most pupils make good progress in this subject.”


    68% of students make expected progress or better

    More able

    “They are given a significant range of extra opportunities which prepare them well for life beyond the school. These pupils speak with passion and confidence about their ambitious aspirations for the future.” Ofsted 2016


    of more able students achieved an A or A*

    Students leaving with 5 A*-C grades, including English and maths

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