Head of Department: Miss Startin


"The Mathematics Department believes that the study of mathematics is essential for students to succeed in the real world. The curriculum is designed to provide them with the functional and problem solving skills that will help them in their future lives and give them access to the widest range of careers."

Departmental Aims


At Key Stage 3, students in years 7 and 8 consolidate learning from primary school, as well as developing their understanding of new topics such as using expressions, functions and formulae. On entry to the school, students are taught in tiered ability groups, with setting based on initial assessments. These are reviewed on a regular basis.


Key Stage 4, students begin working towards the Edexcel GCSE in Mathematics in year 9, with the final examination at the end of year 11. The exam will consist of 3 papers, each lasting 90 minutes, one non-calculator and two calculator papers.


Over the three years of study, students will develop fluent mathematical knowledge and skills, as well as an understanding of mathematical methods and concepts. They will learn to select and apply mathematical techniques to solve problems, and to reason mathematically, make deductions and draw conclusions.



All students are expected to have the following every lesson;

  • Pen
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Rubber
  • Calculator (we recommend the Casio FX85GT PLUS – available to purchase from the school office)


Some lessons you will need

  • A protractor
  • A pair of compasses


Homework will be set every week.

Maths Clinic is open to all students who need some extra support with classwork or revision. This takes place every Tuesday after school from 3:45 to 4.30pm, in Maths 4.


All students have access to the Mathswatch website.




Please see your teacher for your login details.

We currently recommend the CGP Edexcel Revision Guide, Workbook and Exam Practice books. Available in both Higher and Foundation – please check with your maths teacher if you are unsure of your tier of entry.


All revision guides are available from the maths department at a cost of £2.50 each.

Higher books

Revision Guide

ISBN 978-1782944041

The Workbook

ISBN 978-782944072

Exam Practice Book

ISBN 978-1782944034

Foundation books

Revision Guide

ISBN 978-1782944003

The Workbook

ISBN 978-1782944010

Exam Practice Book

ISBN 978-1782943990

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