Subject Intent

The overarching aim of the Mathematics Faculty is that ‘all our students, regardless of background or ability, will become inquisitive, analytical and independent learners who can apply their understanding to a wide range of familiar and unfamiliar contexts.’

Our Key Stage 3 curriculum focuses on developing our students’ resilience with inquiry-based tasks; allowing for opportunities to spot patterns, predict outcomes and form sound understanding of the fundamental structures of maths.

At Key Stage 4 we aim to build on the foundations of Year 7 and 8 by continuing to explore new themes with the use of rich tasks and goal-free problems, familiarising students with key concepts and ideas for long-term recall.

At Key Stage 5 we offer courses to cater for all students continuing to study maths, whether that is; learning and applying maths to real world contexts in Level 3 Core Maths or extending techniques learnt at GCSE and introducing new methods and concepts in A-level Maths. For those students who are potentially interested in pursuing Maths-related careers upon leaving Year 13, we offer A-level Further Maths. We also continue to support those students with resits who are yet to achieve a Grade 4 at GCSE.



GCSE Examination Board: AQA

GCSE Assessment Method: 100% examination
Paper 1: non-calculator (33.3%; 1 hour 30 minutes)
Paper 2: calculator (33.3%; 1 hour 30 minutes)
Paper 3: calculator (33.3%; 1 hour 30 minutes)

Level 2 Certificate in Further Maths (by selection only) examination board: AQA
Level 2 Certificate in Further Maths assessment method: 100% examination
Paper 1: Non-calculator exam (50%; 1 hour 45 minutes)
Paper 2: Calculator exam (50%; 1 hour 45 minutes)


AS level 3 Core Maths examination board: Edexcel
AS level 3 Core Maths assessment method: 100% examination at end of Year 13
Paper 1: Comprehension- pre-released material (approximately 40%; 1 hour 40 minutes)
Paper 2: Application- unseen material (approximately 60%; 1 hour 40 minutes)

A-level Mathematics examination board: OCR B (MEI)
A-level Mathematics assessment method: 100% examination
Paper 1: Pure mathematics and mechanics (33.3%; 2 hours)
Paper 2: Pure mathematics and statistics (33.3%; 2 hours)
Paper 3: Pure mathematics and comprehension (33.3%; 2 hours)

A-level Further Mathematics exam board: OCR B (MEI)
A-level Further Mathematics assessment method: 100% examination
Paper 1: Pure mathematics (50%; 2 hours 40 minutes)
Paper 2: Statistics minor (16.7%; 1 hour 15 minutes)
Paper 3: Numerical method (16.7%; 1 hour 15 minutes)
Paper 4: Modelling with algorithms (16.7%; 1 hour 15 minutes