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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 to participate in activities such as the UK Maths Challenges.


Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8, 9)

Year 7 and 8 students develop and extend their mathematical understanding that they had built up in KS2. With our Marlborough Mathematics scheme 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.

In Year 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 and / or written homework and regular assessments provide students and teachers with feedback on their progress.

Work for self-isolating students - Year 7

Work for self-isolating students - Year 8

Work for self-isolating students - Year 9


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

Work for self-isolating students - Year 10

Work for self-isolating students - Year 11


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 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)

Mr J Gavin (2nd in Department / KS3 Coordinator)

Mr G Edmonds (KS5 Coordinator)

Miss E Budd (Marlborough Maths Lead)

Mrs H Waterhouse

Mrs K Addy

Mr S Wallace

Mrs J Watson

Mrs S Barnard

Mrs P Bennett

Mr M Addy

Mrs S Brown – Maths HLTA / Marlborough Maths Lead