• Yvonne Corbishley (Director of Learning)
  • Tanya Chandler
  • Andrea Davies
  • Sophie Gilbert
  • Frank Malone
  • Peta Mellish (Assistant Director of Learning)
  • Charlotte Watson
  • Lucy Watson

Maths Curriculum
Students in Years 7 to 11 work towards the 9-1 GCSE in Mathematics. We follow the Edexcel syllabus. The curriculum is divided in several broad topics:

– Number
– Ratio, Proportion and Rates of Change
– Algebra
– Geometry and Measures
– Statistical Methods
– Probability

Our five year Scheme of Work allows for regular revision of topics through retrieval starters, home learning and “cycling back” over topics in later years. Years 7 and 8 focus on building the foundations necessary to access the GCSE topics; from Year 9 there is a greater emphasis on developing problem-solving skills as well as introducing new and interesting areas of mathematics.

Students are formally assessed three times per year using GCSE exam questions. These assessments are used by teachers to inform future planning. From Year 9 onwards, students are given a GCSE grade which reflects their current position based on real exam grade boundaries. As students progress through Years 9, 10 and 11, they are able to access a larger proportion of the GCSE paper and therefore can gain more marks and a correspondingly higher grade.

At the end of Year 10, students sit a full GCSE paper at either Foundation or Higher tier. Final decisions on tiers of entry are made during Year 11. Foundation tier students can achieve grades 1 to 5; Higher tier students can achieve Grades 4 to 9. Students sitting the Higher tier should aspire to a minimum of Grade 6 at the end of Year 11.

A Level

We offer A Levels in both Mathematics and Further Mathematics.
The Mathematics A Level curriculum is the same nationally:

– Pure Mathematics comprises two-thirds of the course
o Algebra
o Calculus
o Trigonometry
o Exponentials and Logarithms
o Sequences and Series
o Proof

– Statistics comprises one-sixth of the course
o Data Analysis
o Probability Distributions
o Hypothesis Testing

– Mechanics comprises one-sixth of the course
o Kinematics in one and two dimensions
o Variable Acceleration
o Forces and Newton’s Laws of Motion
o Moments

Students sit three papers of two hours (100 marks) at the end of Year 13. We follow the Edexcel syllabus. Problem Solving is central to the course and features in all three papers.
The Further Mathematics A Level curriculum varies between establishments:

– Compulsory Core comprises 50% of the syllabus and is the same across all exam boards:

o Complex Numbers
o Matrices and Transformations
o Further Algebra, Series and Proof
o Vectors
o Further Calculus and Differential Equations
o Hyperbolic Functions

– Decision Mathematics 1 comprises 25% of the course:

o Algorithms
o Graph Theory, Networks and related problems
o Linear Programming
o Simplex Method
o Critical Path Analysis

– Further Pure 1 comprises 25% of the course:

o Conic Sections
o Further Calculus
o Further Vectors
o Further Trigonometry
o Inequalities
o Further Differential Equations

Students sit four papers (totalling six hours) at the end of Year 13. We follow the Edexcel syllabus. Problem Solving is central to the course and may feature in any of the papers.