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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A-Level Maths


Who is this course for?​

A level maths is a well regarded A Level ideal for those with a natural flare for maths who enjoy the subject and aren’t afraid of hard work. A level maths will help you to excel in a variety of careers, including those in engineering, finance and accounting.

What do you need to apply for the course?

GCSE maths Grade 7 or above and four other GCSEs including English. GCSE Further maths desirable.

What are they key things you will learn?

You will study four Core modules over two years and two Applied modules (Statistics and Mechanics)


These modules will build upon topics you have met at GCSE - Simultaneous Equations and Coordinate Geometry. You will also meet new topics including Exponentials, Logarithms and Calculus.

How will you be assessed?

Year 13 - Six External Exams

Core Maths


Who is this course for?​

Core Maths is a new Level 3 qualification designed for students who do not wish to study AS or A-level but who do wish to develop their mathematical, statistical and quantitative skills. It supports courses such as A-level Psychology, Sciences and Geography as well as technical and vocational qualifications like Engineering.

The Core Maths qualifications are equal in size to an AS level qualification and are graded A-E. They also have the same number of UCAS tariff points as an AS level qualification.

What do you need to apply for the course?

Maths at Grade 4 or above. Four GCSEs including English Language at grade 4 or above.

What are they key things you will learn?

Group work and discussion is strongly encouraged, with content studied and skills acquired through focusing on contexts, developing fluency and confidence in applying mathematical skills, even when applying known techniques and methods to new problem areas, and will include examples from economics, sociology, psychology, chemistry, geography, computing, and business and management.

How will you be assessed?

Year 12 - Two External Exams

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