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St Wilfrid's Catholic School

“Go down deep enough into anything and you will find mathematics.”

Dean Schlicter

Subject Leader:   Mrs Tucker
Deputy Subject Leader: Mrs Houlton
Maths Teachers: Mr Baxter, Mrs Coote, Mrs Denyer, Mrs Milham, Mr Redmayne,
Mrs Spence & Miss Went



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.

Students are entered for the UKMT individual and team challenges were appropriate, and also have the opportunity to enter national and regional competitions held at events such as the Big Bang Fair South East.

Key Stage 3
In Year 7, students begin a programme of study tailored specifically to their attainment in Year 6. They are put on a pathway that aims to take their existing knowledge and understanding of mathematics and develop them further into abstract thinkers and independent problem solvers.  There is a particular focus on ensuring students are numerate and have a good understanding of how numbers work.  This pathway is a 5-year journey toward their external examinations in year 11.

We work closely with our locality and feeder schools to ensure a consistent approach to teaching key concepts as well as ensuring a deep collective understanding of the latest developments in the national curriculum (Autumn 2014).

Our KS3 curriculum follows the progression stages as detailed on Kangaroo Maths and incorporates aspects of a Mastery curriculum.

 "The expectation is that the majority of pupils will move through the programmes of study at broadly the same pace. However, decisions about when to progress should always be based on the security of pupils’ understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage. Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly should be challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content. Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material should consolidate their understanding, including through additional practice, before moving on."  National Curriculum Extract Autumn 2014.

Key Stage 4
In KS4 students are increasingly encouraged to develop good patterns of study and independent learning. Classroom work focuses on guiding students to reach their full potential in mathematics, and we offer entry level, Level1 and GCSE examinations at both Foundation and Higher tiers.   The course is based on the AQA Linear 8300 specification, although resources from OCR or Edexcel will be useful to support students for the new style of examination. 

Students are assessed using GCSE gradings from year 9 onwards.  GCSE Mathematics has a foundation tier (grades 1 – 5) and a higher tier (grades 4 – 9).  Students will either study foundation, crossover or higher material. The crossover combines the harder elements of the foundation paper and the easier elements of the higher and covers up to a grade 6. Students studying crossover will have the opportunity to take either paper, this decision will be made after mock exams in Year 11. Individual topics are not graded and could be assessed at any level of difficulty within the higher and foundation tier specification.

Key Stage 5
In Years 12 and 13 students have the opportunity to study Mathematics A level and Further Mathematics AS and A level.

The Mathematics A Level is a linear course with no curriculum choice within it.  There is a small amount of choice in the topics studied for Further Mathematics A Level.

Useful Study links

Every student will have been given a log in for the Hegarty Maths which is an online tuition and assessment website.

We have subscriptions with the following sites which have useful links and work sheets to help students with their mathematics:


We also suggest that students use these links as well to further their understanding: (KS5)