Maths Curriculum Overview

The grid below gives an overview of the curriculum for this academic year:

Year 7

Students in Year 7 follow a curriculum that aims to stretch and challenge them, building on and consolidating their prior learning. Those students who may have some gaps are supported to ensure that they have all the mathematical tools they need to access the full secondary school curriculum.

They improve their fluency in number skills and develop those of algebra, geometric reasoning and statistics (including probability).

Year 8

In Year 8, students are expected to develop greater confidence in their understanding of mathematics and be able to apply it further in new situations. There is an increased emphasis on more abstract concepts such as algebraic manipulation and the transformation of shapes. Students confirm their understanding of fractions, decimals and percentages; decimals and approximations; ratio and proportion; formulae and equations; sequences and graphs; geometry; statistical enquiry. The focus is on ensuring that every student has the firmest possible foundation for their entry to their GCSE route.

Year 9

Foundation level students study units on number, algebra, graphs, tables and charts, fractions and percentages, equations, inequalities and sequences, angles, averages and range and perimeter area and volume.

Higher level students study units on number, algebra, interpreting and representing data, fractions, ratio and proportion, angles and trigonometry, graphs, area and volume and transformations and constructions.

Course Title:  GCSE Mathematics

Awarding Body:  Edexcel

Why study Mathematics?

The GCSE Mathematics course is compulsory. Every student in the Upper School must follow the course. Mathematics is one of the best subjects to develop your analytical, research and problem-solving skills. Not only will studying Mathematics help give you the knowledge to tackle scientific, mechanical, coding and abstract problems, it will also help you develop logic to tackle everyday issues like planning projects, managing budgets, and even debating effectively.

Course Outline

Mathematics at GCSE builds on the knowledge, skills and understanding developed in the Lower School. There are two tiers of entry, Foundation and Higher. The entry tier in Year 11 dictates the grades that are accessible; these are listed below:
















All students follow a GCSE course; the tier of entry is not decided until after students have sat their mock examination in December of Year 11.

The course consists of six disciplines within Mathematics, each weighted with a different percentage:










Ratio, Proportion and Rates of Change



Geometry and Measure



Statistics and Probability



Using and applying Mathematics is a strand which intertwines with all of the four disciplines mentioned above.

More information and the full syllabus can be found at: 2015.html

All students must possess a scientific calculator regardless of the course they are following. This is expected to be brought in for every lesson. The Casio FX83GTPlus or Casio FX85GTPlus are recommended.

Assessment Format

Edexcel (1-9) Mathematics 1MA1

Students all follow a linear course which is assessed by three terminal examinations at the end of Year 11; one non-calculator and two where a calculator is allowed. Each paper is one and a half hours long and worth % of the overall qualification: the whole spectrum of topic areas within each tier is to be expected across all three papers.

Higher tier – this syllabus covers all topics which are grades 4 to 9.

Foundation tier – this syllabus covers all topics which are grades 1 to 5.

Final tier – this is not decided until after the Year 11 mock examinations.

What skills will I need to be successful in this subject?

There is a strong emphasis on mathematical reasoning, problem solving and the fluent use of mathematical techniques. Students will need to demonstrate that they can reason and interpret mathematically, select and use the appropriate mathematical methods or skills in order to be able to solve problems in both mathematical and none mathematical contexts.  All of this requires perseverance.

Possible Careers and Future Education

Mathematics is essential for life. It is used in all careers and many further education courses. It has no limitations and employers seek to employ people who have the GCSE Mathematics grade 4 or above.

People with a Mathematical degree and other qualifications can go into: Accounting; Medicine; Engineering; Forensic Pathology; Finance; Business; Consultancy; Teaching; IT; Games Development; Scientific Research; Programming; Civil Service; Design; Construction and Astrophysics, to name a few…

It’s not surprising that Mathematics was the most popular A Level choice of 2017!

A spokesperson for the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications says:

"A Level Mathematics is tremendously important. It provides a firm foundation for all scientific, technical, engineering and mathematical careers and a flying start for many other types of career, such as those in Finance; Medicine; Agriculture … etc. The list is endless! "