All students follow the same course and are assessed in the following main topic areas:

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Shape, Space and Measures
  • Handling Data

Students are assessed at the beginning of Year 7 and this forms one of the five major assessments that take place over Years 7 & 8. These assessments allow the department to closely monitor the progress of students.

In addition to these assessments there are a further five Core Assessments. These assessments link to follow on Even Better If (EBI) tasks which are designed to ensure that students work on their areas of weakness. This progress on what was not fully understood in the core assessment is of great importance and is factored into the homework that is set.

Homework is set twice per week (although this may be organised as one longer homework). Students should be doing approximately one hour of Mathematics as homework per week.

Students are taught in their form groups.

Year 9

Students begin their GCSE course.

They are provided with a numerical (1-9) Minimum Expected Grade. They are issued with a copy of the Unit 1 & 2 blue textbook.

There are two formal assessments during year 9. The first is conducted in the run up to Christmas and the results are sent home via the school email. This assesses the content of unit 1 of their textbook.

Students are assessed towards the end of the year on both unit 1 and unit 2 topics (the contents of their textbook). Again the results are sent home via school email.

Following these assessments there are important EBI tasks that students will be set so that students move their learning forward.

Year 10

Students continue the GCSE course and cover the material in Unit 3 of their purple textbook. There will be an assessment prior to the Christmas holidays on the content taught so far. The results of this will be emailed home and EBI tasks will be set.

Shortly after the Easter holidays the whole of Unit 3 will be assessed.

Students then revise for their end of year examination. Again, the results are emailed home and EBI work set.

Year 11

By year 11 the majority of the GCSE course syllabus will already have been covered. Year 11 lessons will contain a mixture of:

  • Past paper completion
  • Teaching the remaining topics
  • Developing higher- order problem solving including Maths challenges
  • Working on their areas of weakness from year 10.

During Key stage four students will be asked to complete between an hour and 1.5 hours of homework per week. This may increase in the run up to important assessments.


Exam board: Edexcel

Mathematics is an increasingly popular choice for sixth form students, who recognise the usefulness of Mathematics both in further studies and in career choice. There is however a wide gulf between the standards of Mathematics required at GCSE and that of A-Level, particularly in the area of algebraic manipulation, which some students find difficult to bridge.

Prospective students should have at least an A-grade at GCSE Mathematics. The department expects all students to approach their studies in a mature fashion.

At least five hours of independent study per week is required.

Following formal assessments, it is expected that students will evidence that they have made progress in their Orange Intervention book.

The department follows the Edexcel AS and A2 modular syllabus. Students sit three examinations at the end of year 12 (Core 1, Core 2 and Statistics 1) and three at the end of year 13 (Core 2, Core 4, and Mechanics 1). All examinations have equal weighting.

Successful completion of year 12 leads to an AS-level qualification.

Successful completion of year 13 leads to a full A-Level.


Every lesson students are expected to bring the following:

  • Exercise book
  • Pen
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Rubber
  • Protractor
  • Pair of compasses
  • Calculator


Students books are a formal record or their learning. Students should:

  • Draw a margin
  • Underline the date, title or learning objective

Intervention and Support

Support is provided every Thursday afternoon in the Maths department from 3:30 –5pm. This is used by students throughout the school and in all Key Stages. Students receive a house point for attendance.

Students who attend regularly always make good progress as these sessions.

The department regularly reviews the progress of the students in all year groups.

In addition to the Thursday after school support, Mrs McGrath works with groups of students who require extra support both in lessons, at form time and at lunch.

If your son is identified as needing extra assistance, a letter will be sent home informing parents about the support that is being offered. It is expected that students attend these sessions.


This is used to set homework regularly in both KS3 and 4.

Login: wgsb
Password: factor

Students are provided with their own individual account login information.