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Department Vision and Priorities

The department’s vision is to develop mathematicians who are confident in the use of maths in real life and abstract contexts. The department follows programmes of studies that are skills based and differentiated.  The department aims to produce pupils who enjoy Maths and have confidence in their own abilities. To achieve this aim, the department uses many strategies to deepen and improve pupils’ understanding of mathematics. Programmes of studies involve lots of practise to secure fluency and many opportunities to apply problem solving skills and reasoning.


In Maths, all pupils are taught in sets based on ability and prior attainment including CATS. Sets are reviewed regularly to ensure that pupils fully access the curriculum and can make progress. The department’s priorities are to secure fluency with multiplication tables and to improve the teaching and learning of problem solving skills.


Staffing In Mathematics

The department is fully staffed by a stable team of twelve teachers; Mr G Mwaramba (TiC), Mr K Ali, Mr M Ali, Ms G Basha, Ms C Harvey, Mr K Jagwani, Ms D Morrison, Ms C Porbudas, Ms Y Oladapu-Salu, Mr S Simmonds, Ms N Tailor, Ms S Varsani



The Mathematics Curriculum KS3 (Years 7-9)

In KS3, pupils study Maths for 3 hours a week and have to demonstrate a deepening understanding in: Number, Algebra, Statistics, Geometry, Ratio and Functional maths. Pupils focus on reinforcing basic learning skills, establishing high expectations and developing students’ enthusiasm for learning. They develop a number of skills which will enable them to acquire knowledge, which can then be applied to conceptual maths as well as raising the level of challenge to stretch the most able, which will lead them to prepare for the demands of the new GCSEs.


Intervention Programme

The Maths department offer a tailored 1:1 intervention programme, which is aimed at raising the attainment of pupils, their confidence within maths and building resilience.


The Mathematics Curriculum KS4 (Years 10-11)

In Year 10 pupils study Maths for 4 hours a week and undertake 6 units of work. Pupils follow the AQA GCSE Maths. Pupils follow a linear course and will write their public exams at the end of Year 11.


  • Number 1 (Standard form, operations, compound interest, depreciation, proportion, ratio)
  • Algebra 2 (equations, formulae and identities, solving equations, solving by substitution)
  • Geometry and Measures 1 (Geometric Reasoning, theorems, facts, transformation of shapes)
  • Statistics (Interpreting graphs and diagrams, scatter graphs, two-way tables, Averages)
  • Geometry and Measures 2 (Measure and mensuration)



The Mathematics Curriculum in Year 11

In Year 11 pupils study Maths for 4 hours a week and undertake 6 units of work.


  • Number 2( Surds, Indices, Percentages, fractions, Value for money)
  • Fractions, Ratio and Proportion
  • Algebra 3 ( Simultaneous equations, substitution, vectors, Transformation of graphs)
  • Geometry and Measures 2(Geometric Reasoning: Lines, Angles, Shapes, Construction & Loci)
  • Statistics (Probability, histograms, sampling, bias, skewness, advanced statistical techniques)
  • Geometry and Measures 3 (Trigonometry, Similar shapes, Pythagoras, Area)
  • Revision


Enrichment Programmes in Maths

Pupils are encouraged to participate in after-school Master classes providing them with the opportunity to revise or further develop their mathematical skills. The high achievers are offered the opportunity to undertake an extra GCSE in Additional Maths helping them to prepare for A-Level Maths. Pupils participate in the UK Mathematics Challenge, where they compete against other schools nationally developing problem solving skills.



The department uses various forms of assessment as the main strategy to improve teaching and learning. These various forms are verbal, online, diagnostic, end of unit tests, as well as end of year exams.



All classes are set at least one piece of homework per week.  Homework is a very important aspect of learning which makes learners more resilient and independent in their studies. Homework is either paper based or digital on Kerboodle,

CollinsConnect or Mymaths.



It is essential for all students to be fully equipped every lesson in order to make all aspects of learning accessible. The following items are necessary for all pupils:

  • Scientific Calculator
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Pen
  • Rubber/Sharpener






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