Maths

Staffing of the department

Mr O’Brien – Head of Department
Ms McDonald – Teacher of Maths & 2iC
Ms Lui – Teacher of Maths
Ms Madadeniya – Teacher of Maths
Ms Heffernan – Teacher of Maths


Educational philosophy/Aims of the curriculum

Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems.

It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment.

A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.


KS4 Curriculum

The main changes to the curriculum are as follows:

  • The volume of the subject content has increased.
  • The demand of that content has increased too with harder topics being introduced at both the Foundation Tier and the Higher Tier.
  • There are fewer marks at the lower grades and more marks at the higher grades for both the Foundation Tier and the Higher Tier.
  • The exams will have a greater emphasis on problem solving and mathematical reasoning with more marks being awarded to these higher-order skills. ​There is no longer a formula sheet provided, so students will now need to memorise many of the formulae required. For example, for the current Maths GCSE (Grade 9-1), students will now be required to memorise many formulae which were previously given in the exam eg, the quadratic formula, and the sine and cosine rules. The only formulae which are now given are the surface area and volume of a cone and of a sphere, which will be printed on the actual question. 

KS4 Programme of study

Foundation tier (Grades 1-5)

The KS4 Maths curriculum builds on competencies acquired at KS3. It includes the following topics:

Year 10 Foundation

Ch 8 Perimeter, area and Volume 1
Ch 9 Graphs
Ch 10 Transformations
Ch 11 Ratio and Proportion
Ch 12 Right-angled Triangles
Ch 13 Probability
Ch 14 Multiplicative Reasoning

Year 10 Higher

Ch 8 Transformations and constructions
Ch 9 Equations and inequalities
Ch 10 Probability
Ch 11 Multiplicative reasoning
Ch 12 Similarity and congruence
Ch 13 More trigonometry
Ch 14 Further statistics

Year 11 Foundation

Ch 15 Constructions, Loci and Bearings
Ch 16 Quadratic Equations and Graphs
Ch 17 Perimeter, Area and Volume 2
Ch 18 Fractions, indices and standard form
Ch 19 Congruence, similarity and vectors
Ch 20 More Algebra

Year 11 Higher

Ch 15 Equations and graphs
Ch 16 Circle theorems
Ch 17 More algebra
Ch 18 Vectors and geometric proof
Ch 19 Proportion and graphs


KS4 Exam overview

The new Edexcel GCSE in Mathematics (Grade 9-1) will be assessed through three equally-weighted written examination papers at either Foundation tier* or Higher tier†.

Paper 1 is a non-calculator paper and Papers 2 & 3 are both calculator papers. Each paper will be worth 80 marks.

* Foundation tier: Grades 1 – 5
† Higher tier: Grades 4 – 9

Special requirements

Students will be required to have their own calculator and geometry set (ruler, protractor and compasses) from the start of Year 7 as there is now a much greater emphasis on the use of a calculator.


Links to useful sites for KS4 students, parents and members of the public