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Mathematics

The recent changes to the National Curriculum at both Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 & 9) and Key Stage 4 (Years 10 & 11) have focused on problem solving skills as well as understanding and applying more content. This is reflected in our lessons where students apply what they have learnt more independently, sometimes working together in pairs or groups. As always the key is enjoyment and participation to engage learning.

There are opportunities to participate in activities such as Jaguar Cars and the UK Maths Challenges, as well as help for all our ages with our lunchtime (all ages) and after school maths clinics (KS4 & 5). Also termly Parent Workshops where parents and their children work together on some fun maths. Please click here to see more information about our workshops.

There are interventions for some pupils, which can be individual, paired or in small groups. This is to enable students to cement their understanding of classwork, fill any gaps in knowledge and increase confidence in the subject.


Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8, 9)

Year 7 students develop and extend their mathematical understanding that they had built up in KS2. Students study a broad range of topics in numbers, algebra, geometry and data handling. There is an emphasis on developing their problem solving skills.

In Years 8 and 9, students continue to widen their grasp of mathematics. Regular homework and assessments provide students with feedback on their progress.


Key Stage 4 (Years 10, 11)

Specification: AQA Level 1 / Level 2 GCSE in Mathematics (601/4608/4).

There are three exams, each 1 hour and 30 minutes long, taken at the end of Year 11. There is no controlled assessment.

  • Paper 1 is a non-calculator paper worth one third of the total marks.
  • Paper 2 is a calculator paper worth one third of the total marks.
  • Paper 3 is a calculator paper worth one third of the total marks.

There are two tiers of entry at GCSE and your mathematics teacher will be able to discuss with you the most appropriate paper for you. The tiers of entry are:

  • Higher Grades 4-9.
  • Foundation Grades 1-5 GCSE please ask your class teacher or Ms Dickson.

Full details is KS4 brochure


Key Stage 5 (Sixth Form)

From September 2017 there is a new curriculum in Mathematics and Further Mathematics. The Mathematics syllabus is all compulsory – all students will study pure mats, mechanics and statistics in Years 12 and 13.

Entry requirements for both Mathematics and Further Mathematics is a grade 7 at GCSE.

Full details in Sixth Form brochure


Departmental Team

Mr G Edmonds (Head of Department)

Ms J Dickson (Deputy Head of Department)

Mr G Cape (Deputy Head of Department)

Mrs K Addy

Miss E Budd

Mr J Gavin

Mrs H Waterhouse

Mrs K White

Sue Brown (Maths HLTA)

Evette Woods (Maths TA Specialist)