Subject Overview

This course is about developing your numeracy, problem solving and analytical skills and applying these in everyday life. It will teach you how to break problems down into small steps, spot patterns and analyse data.

Our Mission:
To realise and engage the Mathematician inside all of us – everything involves Maths; to see the connections, is to see the world we live in.

Our Values:
With our staff, students, parents and community at the heart of what we do, we embrace these values:

Resilience: Be prepared to accept mistakes, learn from them, overcome them and succeed.This requires a growth mindset and an ability to rise to the challenge and keep going when it gets difficult seeking help when you need it and ultimately growing in confidence

Reliability: Be true to what you say and be trustworthy in the open, honest and kind atmosphere of the maths room. Be positive members of the community, the school and be inclusive of everyone around you.

Rigour: Have high standards: aim to be at your best, present neat and organised work, check and improve your work. Understanding that the journey is as important as the destination and so showing and taking pride in the process is always necessary.

Respect: Listening to others carefully and responding politely, even if you disagree. Working together, taking collective responsibility for our achievements and results. Being proud of yourself, your work and of your community.

Representation: Play your part in positive change and be responsible. Be proud to take part in team activities and lessons including taking the opportunities to work outside of the scheduled lessons. Be the change you want to see in the world.

Teaching and Learning

Students are taught in ability groups from year 7 that are based on their KS2 SAT results to start with. They follow the National Curriculum which covers Number, Algebra, Shape, Space and Measures, Handling Data and Ratio and Proportion.


  • The topics covered will include some or all of the following dependent on which pathway you are on:
  • Year 7


    Unit 1 - Proportional reasoning, place value and metric conversion, rounding and estimating.
    Unit 2 - Addition and subtraction, perimeter, directed number + and -.Multiply and divide, order of operations.
    Unit 3
    Multiplication and division, directed number, order of operations.HCF, LCM prime factor decomposition and surds, venn diagrams.
    Unit 4
    Factors, multiples, squares, roots and primes. Angle reasoning, properties of quadrilaterals, rotational symmetry in polygons, angles in polygons.


    Unit 5 - Draw, measure and name angles, angle reasoning, area of triangles and quadrilaterals.
    Unit 6 - Properties of triangles and quadrilaterals, reflectional and rotational symmetry in polygons, calculation with and conversion of fractions.
    Unit 7 - Area of triangles, rectangles, parallelograms and trapezium, simplifying algebraic expressions, expanding brackets and factorising.
    Unit 8 - Equivalent fractions and simplifying, converting fractions, adding and subtracting fractions substitution and sequences.


    Unit 9 - Simplify algebraic expressions, expand single brackets, substitution, sequences, multiply and divide fractions.
    Unit 10 - Multiply and divide fractions, fractions and percentages of a quantity.

    Year 8


    Unit 11 - Proportional reasoning, rounding and estimation, indices and roots. Surds and standard form.
    Unit 12 - HCF, LCM and prime factor decomposition, venn diagrams, linear equations, quadratic equations and arithmetic sequences.

    Unit 13 - Equations sequences and graphs, geometric sequences, linear graphs and quadratic graphs.
    Unit 14 - Pythagoras, angle reasoning, angles in polygons, construction and loci, bearings


    Unit 15 - Construction and loci, bearings.
    Unit 16 - Fractions, decimals and percentages
    Unit 17 - Ratio, speed, distance and time


    Unit 18 - Circumference and area of a circle.
    Unit 19 - 3D shapes and their nets, surface area, volume.
    Unit 20 - Data, averages and range, interpretation and comparison

    Y9-11 (KS4)

    Y9-11 will follow the 2015 OCR Specification (1-9). This is 100% examination, which consists of three 1.5 hour long exams at the end of year 11. Pupils will be on one of 3 pathways that will lead to them sitting their exams at either the foundation or higher level. The topics covered are:-

    Year 9
    Year 10
    Year 11

    Autumn 1
    Ch 1 Calculations 1
    Ch 2 Expressions
    Ch 19 Pythagoras and trigonometry 

    Autumn 2

    Ch4 Handling data 1
    Ch 5 FDP

    Spring 1
    Ch 16 Handling data 2
    Ch 8 Probability

    Spring 2
    Ch 7 Working in 2D
    Ch11a Circles

    Summer 1
    Ch 3 Angles and polygons

    Summer 2
    Ch6 Formulae and functions

    Autumn 1
    Ch 19 Pythagoras & trigonometry
    Ch 9 Measures and accuracy

    Autumn 2
    Ch 10 Equations and inequalities
    Ch 11b Construction and loci

    Spring 1
    Ch 11a Circles
    Ch 17 Calculations 2

    Spring 2
    Ch 12 Ratio and proportion
    Ch 13 Factors powers and roots

    Summer 1
    Ch 13 Factors powers and roots
    Ch 14 Graphs 1

    Summer 2
    Ch15 Working in 3D

    Autumn 1
    Ch 16 Handling data 2
    Ch 17 Calculations 2

    Autumn 2

    Ch 18 Graphs 2

    Ch 19 Pythagoras and trigonometry

    Spring 1
    Ch 20 Combined events
    Ch 21 Sequences


    Ch 22 Units and proportionality

    Spring 2
    Ch 22 Units and proportionality

    Summer 1


    At KS3 and KS4 students complete reviews during each unit throughout the year and sit an extended exam in exam conditions at an appropriate point during the year

    In year 11 students sit additional mock exams in November and February. Each of these are three 1.5 hour long papers.


    Homework is set according to the homework schedule and will be either to consolidate current learning, reinforce key skills or a research based homework with accompanying oracy opportunities.

    Homework is easily accessible to students through Show my Homework:

    Teaching Staff

    Daniel Prowse - Head of Maths -
    Rosemary Paget-Crowe - Maths Teacher -
    Mark Grundy - Maths Teacher -
    Adam Kanakri - Maths KS4 Co-ordinator & Teacher -
    Charlotte Dowling - Maths KS3 Co-ordinator & Teacher -
    Zaid Bassam - Teacher of Maths -
    Doreen Wallace - Teacher of Maths -
    Gillian Tait - HLTA - Maths -

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    Need Help?

    Simply contact the school office via our telephone or email address. During term we aim to respond within 24 hours.

    01273 581100