Meet The Department

  • Mr V Patel - Faculty Director of Mathematics
  • Miss J Lloyd - Second In Department
  • Miss J Carrier
  • Mrs R Deakin
  • Mr S Kelly
  • Miss H Lewis
  • Mrs J Gower
  • Mrs A Ganesan
  • Mrs L Shrimpton - Teaching Assistant
  • Mr S Simmons - Teaching Assistant

What Will We Learn?

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 students are taught mathematics drawn from all sections of the National Curriculum programme of study. The main four sections are:

  • Algebra
  • Shape, Space and measures
  • Number
  • Data Handling
  • Throughout Years 7 and 8 students will be studying 12 Mathematical ‘Big Ideas’ – graph plotting, history of Mathematics 1 and 2, algebraic notation, non-calculator number skills, 3D shapes, formulae, equations, constructions, the Handling Data cycle, graph plotting 2 and proportionality. Some of the ‘Big Ideas’ involve delving into history and exploring the origins of various Mathematical concepts and standard operating methods, giving an exciting insight into the subject. Geometry will also be investigated through constructions. Students will be challenged through tackling rich and sophisticated problems and work towards mastery of these areas of Mathematics.

    Students will undertake three Key Assessment Tasks spread throughout the year with one being an end of year exam in the summer term. There will also be Key Learning Tasks in between in order to monitor progress and identify areas for improvement.

    Students in year 7 are set broadly based on their KS2 performance and movement between sets are carried out at appropriate points during the year using assessment data. Homework is set weekly to either monitor the progress and understanding of a topic or as a research task where students begin the introductory work at home.

    Key Stage 4

    Course title: Mathematics GCSE

    Exam board: Edexcel

    Controlled assessment / exam split: 100% examination

    Students will take their GCSE at the end of year 11 at either the foundation or higher tier of entry. Throughout KS4 students will be formally assessed at the end of each term with a Key Assessment Task in order to monitor their progress and identify strengths and weaknesses. Maths Club will operate weekly to support those in need of extra support and stretch the very able.

    Students will be assessed in three written papers each contributing 33⅓% to the final grade. Examinations are 1 hour 30 minutes long for both Higher and Foundation, and assess topic areas with the following weightings. Only the first paper is non-calculator, with a scientific calculator being essential for the second and third papers.

    Topic Area Foundation % Higher %
    Number 25 15
    Algebra 20 30
    Ratio 25 20
    Geometry 15 20
    Probability and statistics 15 15


    In addition to the basic equipment all students in KS3 and KS4 are expected to arrive with a protractor, compass and Scientific Calculator.