Mathematics

We endeavour; through a well-designed curriculum and consistently high quality lessons; to ensure that every student can maximise their potential in Maths, develop their problem solving skills which will enable them to deal with many real-life situations and discover a genuine interest in the subject.

Head of Faculty

Mr L Cleasby (lcleasby@wrhs1118.co.uk)


Years 7

From September 2019, year 7 students will be following a Mastery curriculum in mathematics. Teaching maths for mastery is a transformational approach to maths teaching which stems from high performing Asian nations such as Singapore. When taught to master maths, children develop their mathematical fluency without resorting to rote learning and are able to solve non-routine maths problems without having to memorise procedures.

Years 8-10

Students will follow a pathway based on their needs and prior attainment. It is structured around 7 steps that they progress up.

These steps cover all the mathematics needed for GCSE and further study around four main strands:

  • Number
  • Ratio & Proportional Reasoning
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Statistics

Topics have been grouped together to form a ‘Mastery Lite’ curriculum. This gives the student a chance to have a deeper understanding of the topics that they will cover and will enable them to retain the knowledge and skills that they have learned for longer.


Key Stage 4

All students are entered for GCSE Mathematics in Year 11.

Year 11 will be sitting the new 9-1 Maths GCSE. We use Edexcel GCSE Maths (1MA1) specification at two tiers, Foundation (Grades 1 – 5) and Higher (Grades 4 – 9). The examination is taken at the end of year 11 and consists of three papers, each lasting 1 hour and 30 minutes with one non-calculator paper (sat in May) and two calculator papers (sat in June). Tiers of entry will be decided after the PPE results in January.


Key Stage 5 (level 2)

All students will follow one of two pathways.

Students who have a grade 3 at GCSE will be entered for GCSE Mathematics in Year 12 or 13 in November and then in June if they do not attain a good pass grade. After the GCSE in November the students will be studying for AQA Functional Skills at Level 2 with the first sitting of this examination taking place in January. Any student who fails to gain a grade 4 in November will continue to study GCSE mathematics in preparation for resitting in May. The details of the GCSE courses are similar to the information for Year 11.

Those students with a grade 2 or below will follow AQA Functional Skills. These students will sit the Level 1 Functional Skills examination in January and then take the Level 2 Functional Skills qualification in May.

Key Stage 5 (level 3)

8MA0 (AS level) and 9MA0 (A level).

The course includes core mathematics, statistics and mechanics.

At the end of Year 12 students will sit the AS level examination which consists of two papers: a Pure (Core) maths paper (Paper 1), which is 2 hours long and an applied maths paper including mechanics and statistics (Paper 2), which is 1 hour and 15 minutes long.

At the end of Year 13 students will sit the A level examination which consists of three papers: a two pure (core) maths papers (Paper 1 & Paper 2) and an applied paper including mechanics and statistics (Paper 3). Each paper is 2 hours long.

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