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The Mathematics department endeavours to give every student the opportunity to realise their potential. The intent is to extend their knowledge and ability in each of the five Mathematical Strands:

  • Number
  • Measure and Geometry
  • Algebra
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Statistics and Probability

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 & 8)

The primary goal at KS3 involves engaging students in a variety of activities beyond maths to enhance transferrable skills such as teamwork, and attitude to learning. We initially pursue numeracy, and gradually have regard for the GCSE Mathematics (1MA1) Access to Foundation Scheme, comprising 24 units that are expected to be “prior knowledge” by the end of KS3.

It is intended that this approach will utilise:

  • Pearson Active Teach
  • Entry Level Certificate and/or Functional Skills as the initial exposure to the regime of external testing.

Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 and 11)

At Key Stage 4 we encourage Year 10s to attempt Level 1 Functional Skills and the Level 1 Number and Measure Award (if not already attained), thus allowing the progress to Level 2 in Year 11.

This approach has been successful in nurturing confidence in Mathematical concepts, methods and practice, and the sitting of exams.


Post 16

Post 16 students are required to study Maths and resit their GCSE, if they have not achieved at least a Grade 4 previously. For those who struggle to achieve at least a grade 3, we revisit the suite of qualifications at an appropriate level to rebuild confidence with the aim of building towards Functional Skills Level 2, and possibly moving on to GCSE