Key Stage 3: Years 7, 8 and 9

All students study Mathematics for fives hours each week at KS3. The students are placed in sets according to their mathematical ability and follow a scheme of work that is tailored to their level. The scheme of work includes all the major areas of mathematics: number, shape and space, algebra and data. Students are tested regularly using GCSE questions which cover both calculator and non-calculator problems.

Key areas explored include:

  • Skills
  • Application of skills
  • Reasoning
  • Problem solving  

Help is available Monday and Thursday lunchtimes.

Key Stage 4: Years 10 and 11


The curriculum in Years 10 and 11 is designed to provide focus and support as students embark on their GCSE course. Regardless of the topic being covered, it is the aim of those teaching mathematics to provide opportunities for all students to:

  • Use and apply mathematics in practical tasks, in real-life problems and within mathematics itself
  • Work on problems that pose a challenge
  • Encounter and consider different lines of mathematical argument
  • Succeed
  • Enjoy mathematics

Maths at KS4 builds on learning from KS3 to further develop knowledge, skills and understanding in the following strands:

  • Application of skills
  • Reasoning
  • Problem solving
  • Shape and Space, Algebra, Probability and Statistics and Geometry
  • Recall formula to answer questions as the list given in the exams have been decreased substantially

Within each strand, students will also need to use their knowledge and understanding to make connections between mathematical concepts and apply the functional elements of maths in everyday and real-life situations. There is a greater emphasis on developing mathematical fluency, reasoning and problem solving throughout KS4. The topics within each strand are taught in units which usually last for two weeks. Each unit will include some consolidation work as well as learning new concepts and their application. Students will be expected to work both individually and in groups on a variety of different activities and every lesson has a whole class element.

Mock exams are given termly in the format of past papers issued by the exam board.

There are three equally-weighted written papers: one non-calculator paper and two calculator papers, which are all taken at the end of the course in Year 11.

Fellowship students from Keele University work with year 11 students weekly offering 1-2-1 support.

Booster afterschool sessions are available Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Students in year 10 have 4 lessons a week of Maths
Students in year 11 have 5 lessons a week of Maths


The maths department encourages students to get involved with extra-curricular events, like the maths challenges, and enrichment activities.

Useful Links

As part of their homework and extra revision, students will sometimes need to use the internet, either for independent learning or revision. The websites offer video clips, examples and questions to work through.




User name:   clough
Password:     space
Students then use their personal log on details