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“It is impossible to be a mathematician without being a poet in soul” Sofia Vasilyevna Kovalevskaya

The concept of mathematics is an amazing achievement of human kind. It has provided us with an insight and explanation into the way the world works, helped us to develop technology and medicine and is worthy of study as a subject in its own right. Within the field of mathematics you can find beauty as well as logic, chaos as well as structure and poetry as well as science.

No matter whom you are; there is a strand of mathematics that could inspire, excite and challenge you as you seek to make your contribution to the world – either within mathematics itself or used as an application within a separate field.

The study of mathematics will develop you as a person, helping you to improve your analytical, communication and problem solving skills – each very desirable in the working world.

Rene Descartes said “I think, therefore I am”. What do you think you could be and therefore what will you become?


All pupils will develop their mathematical skills in the six key areas:

Number, Algebra, Ratio, Proportion and rates of change, Geometry and measures, Probability and Statistics.


Students will study two courses in KS4.

They will follow the 9-1 OCR GCSE mathematics course, which is based upon 3 linear examinations each of 90 mins: 2 calculator papers and 1 non-calculator.

They will also study the 9-1 Edexcel GCSE statistics course, which is based upon 2 linear examinations each of 90 mins.

There is also the opportunity for the most-able to study a Further Mathematics course.


We have two courses available at KS5.

Students who achieve a grade 7 or above at GCSE have the opportunity to follow the Edexcel A level mathematics course, which is based upon 3 examinations: two which examines the core content and one which examines the Statistics and Mechanics element of the course.

Students who achieve a grade 4 or above at GCSE have the opportunity to study the Level 3 AQA Core Mathematics course. This course focuses on mathematics in real life contexts, so students will learn to manipulate statistics and make financial calculations – such as tax and national insurance.


We have 10 dedicated mathematics classrooms, all located in a central area in the school.

We also make use of Mathswatch to encourage independent learning – an online software that is instrumental in helping develop students’ revision skills.

We stock and sell revision guides at reduced rates for all key stages to further encourage the development of students’ independent study skills.


We offer a number of Out of School Learning opportunities in the mathematics department.

There are homework support sessions in KS3, targeted interventions in KS4 and the most talented mathematicians are able to study for a course in Further Mathematics alongside their GCSE studies.

We offer a wide array of STEM activities and trips as well – organised by our STEM co-ordinator.

Career Opportunities

Studying mathematics to GCE level will open the door to careers in accountancy, finance, statistics, computer programming, engineering, medicine, psychology, architecture, dentistry and teaching among others.

In short, there is no real barrier to what you can do with Mathematics.