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"Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas"
Albert Einstein

At The Swanage School we want to provide students with the ability to reason mathematically and appreciate the beauty and power of mathematics.  Mathematics is a vehicle for understanding the world. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. We aim to give students a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject as well as the qualification they need for the next steps in their life.


In year 7 and 8 we follow the national guidance for key stage 3.  Each half term we cover 3 topics from our 4 main areas of maths and monitor student progress through mini assessment test, question, group work and home learning task. There is no national assessment for this course, but we expect student to make 2 sub-levels of progress over a year.  Students will also complete a functional maths task each half term to help develop their problem solving skills and help them to see maths in everyday contexts.

The course is divided up into 5 areas of maths:

  • Number (e.g. place value, decimals, fractions and types of numbers)
  • Algebra (e.g. algebraic notation, expanding brackets and solving equations)
  • Geometry (e.g. angles, area and perimeter and 3D shapes)
  • Statistics (e.g. collecting and representing data, probability)
  • Functional skills (solving real life mathematical problems)


During Year 9, 10 and 11 student will focus on the GCSE mathematics course. The exam board we will be using is Edexcel.

Over the course students will study maths looking at the following topics:

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Measures
  • Statistics
  • Probability

They will also work on problem solving skills and maths in ‘real life’ situations.

Final exams

Students will complete two written papers. Each contributes 50% of the final grade:

  • They will either be entered for the Foundation Tier (grades C-G available) or the Higher Tier (grades A*-D available (E allowed))
  • The functional elements of mathematics are assessed on each paper:
  • 30-40% of the Foundation Tier papers
  • 20-30% of the Higher Tier papers.