Mathematics Department





Mrs G Neill    (Head of Department)


Miss A Kearney


Mr J McPeak


Mr R Gabe


Mrs J Knox





  • to make the learning of mathematics enjoyable and stimulating.  We offer an extensive and developing mathematics curriculum that is pro-actively meeting the challenges and opportunities presented by the revised curriculum.

  • to create a positive learning environment, an atmosphere of enjoyment, endeavour and self-respect.  A secure environment that creates a positive relationship.

  • to give the pupils opportunities to engage in self and peer assessment and take responsibility for their own learning.  Achievement at all levels is celebrated.

  • to enable the pupils to see how they can apply mathematical skills within other learning areas of the curriculum.  Create an awareness of career opportunities available for those studying mathematics at a further level.



We help pupils to:


  • develop mathematical knowledge, skills and understanding
  • gain experience using problem-solving strategies
  • apply mathematical techniques in other subjects, every day and real-world situations
  • reason mathematically, make predictions and draw conclusions
  • interpret mathematical information displayed in graphs and tables
  • communicate mathematical findings accurately and concisely
  • acquire a foundation appropriate to the further study of mathematics and other related disciplines
  • appreciate both the beauty and fun that mathematics offers.







CCEA GCSE in Mathematics M1-M8


This specification aims to:


  • develop fluent knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts;

  • acquire, select and apply mathematical techniques to solve problems;

  • reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences and draw conclusions;

  • comprehend, interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context.


The subject content includes:


  • number and algebra

  • geometry and measures

  • statistics and probability.

    CCEA GCSE in Further Mathematics

    Unit 1: Pure Mathematics

    Students investigate algebra, trigonometry, differentiation, integration, logarithms, matrices and vectors.

    Unit 2: Mechanics and Statistics

    Includes exploring kinematics, vectors, forces, Newton’s Laws of Motion, friction, moments, understanding and using statistical terminology, measures of central tendency and measures of dispersion, probability, and bivariate analysis.


    At AS/A level pupils study the CCEA course and will sit the following examinations:

    Year 13:         Core 1

                            Core 2

                            Mechanics 1

    Year 14:         Core 3

                            Core 4

                            Statistics 1

    All exams are taken in June of each year.

    Careers Event

    Each year we hold a mathematics careers event for Year 12 in which pupils get the chance to talk to guests from a range of different careers and find out what level of maths is needed and how they use it in their role.




Ballycastle High School
33 Rathlin Rd
BT54 6LD


P: (028) 2076 2254


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