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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, sometimes working together in pairs or groups. As always the key aim is enjoyment and participation to engage learning.

There are opportunities to participate in activities such as the UK Maths Challenges, as well as help from maths teachers with our lunchtime (all ages) and after school maths clinics (KS4 & 5). We have held Parent Workshops where parents and their children work together on some fun maths or can just ask about homework or particular topics. Please click here to see more information about our workshops and contact us if you are interested.

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 and therefore progress 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. With Marlborough Mathematics we are teaching maths for deeper understanding and application. There is an emphasis on developing their problem solving skills.

In Years 8 and 9, students continue to widen their grasp of mathematics across all strands of the curriculum; number, algebra, geometry, ratio and proportion and statistics. Weekly online homework and regular assessments provide students and teachers with feedback on their progress.


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, at 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 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

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

Full details is KS4 brochure


Key Stage 5 (Sixth Form)

We follow the AQA specification 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

Ms J Dickson (Head of Department)

Mr G Edmonds (Deputy Head of Department)

Mrs K Addy

Miss E Budd

Mr J Gavin

Mrs P Farrar

Mrs H Waterhouse

Mrs J Watson

Mrs K White

Sue Brown (Maths HLTA)