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Mathematics is a creative and highly interconnected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.

Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3 students follow the national curriculum for mathematics which aims to ensure that all students:

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that students develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately
  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
  • can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions

The programme of study for Key Stage 3 is organised into distinct domains, but students should build on Key Stage 2 and connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems.

Year 7 and 8

Students are taught in accordance with the National Curriculum, covering the Programmes of Study in Number, Algebra, Geometry and Measures, Statistics and Mathematical Processes and Applications. Students are taught in sets at a level appropriate to their ability. They are taught using a variety of resources including the Collins Framework text books, investigations and computer based activities.Maths

Year 7 have four lessons of maths a week and year 8 have three hours a week of maths.

Year 7 catch up lessons
Any student who did not achieve a level 4 in their KS2 SATS has additional catch up lessons. These students have a further two hours with staff to help raise their attainment.

Key Stage 4
GCSE mathematics provides a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study. It encourages students to develop confidence in mathematics, have a positive attitude towards mathematics and to recognise the importance of mathematics in their own lives and to society. The course also provides a strong mathematical foundation for students who go on to study mathematics at a higher level post-16.

GCSE mathematics enables students to:

  1. Develop fluent knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts
  2. Acquire, select and apply mathematical techniques to solve problems
  3. Reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences and draw conclusions
  4. Comprehend, interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context.

In Key Stage 4 students study mathematics for 3 hours per week in Year 9 and 4 hours per week in Year 10 and 11. The syllabus studied is the linear Edexcel Specification. This allows students to study at either Foundation Level (grades C – G), or Higher Level (grades A* - D).

Students are taught using the Collins GCSE text book as a main text.

The examinations for the GCSE course are in the summer term of Year 11. Students sit two papers; a non-calculator paper and a calculator paper.

New Mathematics curriculum 1 – 9

Due to the national changes to GCSE Mathematics, students in Year 9 and 10 will be following the new curriculum using grades 1 – 9, 9 being the highest. Their mathematics examinations will again have two tiers of entry, Foundation (Grades 1- 5) and Higher (grades 5 – 9).

GCSE Statistics

GCSE Statistics - Higher Tier (A* - D) and Foundation Tier (C - G)

Statistics GCSE can be studied as an option in KS4.

Statistics are being used at an increasing rate in business, politics and science. In the real world we are constantly bombarded through the media with graphs, economical data such as retail price index (RPI) and various other statistical statements. In the GCSE Statistics course students will learn about the role statistics plays in all aspects of everyday life and how to interpret and use statistical statements.

This course is made up of two elements; 25% controlled assessment coursework and 75% examination. The controlled assessment is completed in Year 11 with the examination being taken in the summer term of Year 11. The syllabus studied is Edexcel GCSE Statistics and students can be entered at either Higher Level or Foundation Level.


In Key Stage 5 students who choose mathematics will study the Edexcel syllabus.

Year 12

The modules studied in AS mathematics are Core 1, Core 2, and Statistics 1. All modules are examined in June.

Year 13

A2 level mathematics involves completing a further 3 modules; Core 3, Core 4 and Mechanics 1. All modules are examined in June.

Teacher Responsible: Mr J Murdoch





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