We follow a mastery teaching approach in maths, ensuring that our students have mastered key areas of the curriculum. These topics are built on each year so our students can confidently access GCSE questions when they start Key Stage 4.

Our students study with the Edexcel exam board as the exam encourages students to develop fluent knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts. There is a focus on problem solving and students being able to apply their skills and mathematical knowledge in different contexts. Students are required to reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences and draw conclusions.

There is an emphasis on key terms, on knowing what these words mean and what the exam question is asking you to do. This is incorporated into our homework, as knowledge maps still play a big role in maths, both inside and outside of the classroom. In addition, students also complete tasks on Hegarty maths each week.


Students complete either a KPI topic test or a fluency quiz each week.

Maths is a linear course, meaning that our students complete all of their assessment at the end of year 11. There are 3 written papers lasting 1.5 hours each: 1 non calculator and 2 calculator papers

Sets 1 and 2 study the higher tier paper, and sets 3,4,5 study the foundation tier of entry.

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

  • UKMT Junior and Intermediate maths challenges, team challenge
  • KS3 and KS4 maths challenge
  • FSMQ Additional Maths

Future Careers

Did you know that maths can help in all of the following careers: mobile application developer, construction manager, computer animator, commercial pilot, diagnostic medical sonographer, project manager, registered nurse, landscape designer, electronics or mechanical engineering technician, video game designer, aircraft mechanic, architectural drafting technician, electrician, plumber, mechanic, carpenter, truck driver, optician, photographer, pharmacy technician.

Useful Revision Websites

OnMaths  complete past papers online and the website marks it for you!

MathsGenie  practice questions are listed by approximate GCSE grade to help target your revision

CorbettMaths  worksheets and videos to help you focus on specific topics