Year 7 and Year 8


Students in KS3 receive 4 hours of Maths each week.


Student aims:

1. Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.

2. Reason mathematically.

3. Solve problems.



In KS3 students will follow a mastery curriculum where a topic is studied until everyone has learnt it before moving on. Longer time is spent on key topics in greater depth to develop deep learning (rather than superficial conceptual understanding) which is sustained over time and can be built upon at KS4.


Year 9, Year 10 and Year 11

Students in KS4 receive 4 hours of Maths per week.


Student aims:

1) Develop fluent knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts.

2) Acquire, select and apply mathematical techniques to solve problems.

3) Reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences, and draw conclusions.

4) Comprehend, interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context.



● Students will follow a 3 year course (either the foundation course [grades 1 to 5] or the Higher course [grades 4 to 9]).

● They will cover the following content headings: number; algebra; ratio, proportion and rates of change; geometry and measures; probability; statistics.

● The qualification consists of three equally-weighted written examination papers at either Foundation tier or Higher tier. Each paper will assess all of the content headings.

● All three papers must be at the same tier of entry and must be completed at the end of Year 11.

● Paper 1 is a non-calculator assessment and a calculator is allowed for paper 2 and paper 3.

● Each paper is 1 hour and 30 minutes long. Each paper has 80 marks.

● Each paper has a range of question types; some questions will be set in both mathematical and non-mathematical contexts.

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