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Mathematics

The National Curriculum at both Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 & 9) and Key Stage 4 (Years 10 & 11) focus 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. As always the key aim is enjoyment and participation to engage learning and increase confidence. There are also opportunities for some pupils to participate in activities such as the national competitions held by UKMT.


Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8, 9)

Year 7 ,8 and 9 students develop and extend their mathematical understanding that they had built up in KS2. With our Marlborough Mathematics scheme based on the Mastery philosophy, we are teaching maths for deeper understanding and application. There is an emphasis on developing the student’s problem solving skills – to prepare for both GCSE and life in general.

Weekly online homework on Sparx gives individual, tailored homework and revision opportunities.  Regular written assessments provide students and teachers with feedback on their progress on each topic.


Key Stage 4 (Years 10, 11) Specification: AQA Level 1 / Level 2 GCSE in Mathematics (601/4608/4).

We prepare students for their GCSEs by completing three PPEs (Pre Public Examinations) in Maths; one at the end of Year 10 and two in Year 11.

There are three external 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 which are:

  • Higher Grades 4-9.

  • Foundation Grades 1-5

Weekly online homework on Sparx gives individual, tailored homework and revision opportunities.  Regular written assessments provide students and teachers with feedback on their progress on each topic.

For GCSE queries, please ask your class teacher or Ms Dickson.


Key Stage 5 (Sixth Form)

Mathematics is a popular choice at A Level due to student enjoyment and engagement through the earlier key stages.  Studying maths at this level, whether pursuing a directly maths related future or not, demonstrates logical thinking and strong problem solving skills.  

We follow the AQA specification in Mathematics and Further Mathematics. The Mathematics syllabus is all compulsory so all students will study pure mathematics, mechanics and statistics in Years 12 and 13.

Entry requirements for Mathematics A Level is a grade 7 and for Further Mathematics is a grade 8 at GCSE.

Full details in Sixth Form brochure

Departmental Team

Ms J Dickson (Head of Department / KS4 Coordinator)