Maths and Statistics

Two important aims of the Mathematics Department are to develop, maintain and stimulate pupils' curiosity, interest and enjoyment in Mathematics, and for each pupil to achieve success commensurate with their ability and potential.

Key Stage 3: Years 7, 8 and 9
The KS3 National Curriculum is delivered using the Exploring Maths (Pearson) series of texts. Teaching takes pupils from Levels 4 and 5 through to Levels 7 and 8.

Topics covered in Year 7 include properties of numbers; whole numbers, decimals and fractions; percentages; proportional reasoning; solving problems; early history of numbers and counting; angles and shapes; measures and mensuration; transformations; constructions; linear sequences; expressions and formulae; functions and graphs; equations and formulae; using algebra; handling data; probability.

Students have six hours of Maths teaching per fortnight in each year. They are taught as form groups in Year 7. Forms are paired in Years 8 and 9, with an upper class and a lower class created from each pair. Pupils sit formal examinations in May of each year. Generally, about 95% of our pupils attain National Curriculum Level 7 or above by the end of Year 9.

Key Stage 4: Years 10 and 11
In GCSE Mathematics over the last seven years, only one student, in a total of nearly 1500 students, has not achieved an A*-C grade and nearly 70% have achieved grades A*-A. GCSE Statistics is offered as an option, and most students have achieved grades A*-A.

Curriculum Outlines

Key Stage 5: Years 12 and 13
Mathematics is the school’s largest A Level subject, with fifteen Maths/Further Maths classes in the sixth form. Recent results have been about 70% at grades A*-B and 100% A*-E. There are a wide range of options in Decision Maths, Mechanics and Statistics. Further Mathematics is fully timetabled and is taught alongside Mathematics. Support is also given to students taking STEP papers.

Curriculum Outlines

Exam Boards
GCSE Maths: OCR - GCSE Statistics: Edexcel
A Levels: AQA

Additional Information

  • We are a Kent LEA “Beacon Department” and, in 2013, we were one of two UK Maths Departments visited by a team of education specialists from Brazil.
  • We offer a wide-range of extra-curricular activities, including enrichment, visits to lectures in London, and competitions. In the Jaguar Cars sponsored ‘Maths in Motion’ Grand Prix, we were the 2008 UK KS3 Champions and runners-up in the 2010 UK KS4 Challenge. We were the UK Mangahigh Maths Challenge Champions in May 2014 and our Year 11 Team won the 2015 Invicta Maths Challenge. Senior students have had considerable success in recent years in the National Cipher Challenge where we regularly have one of the top performing teams in Kent.
  • All pupils in Year 8 take part in the UK Junior Maths Challenge and Year 11 take part in the Intermediate Challenge. We also participate in various local and national Team Challenges.
  • Sixth Formers have their own range of activities and also provide help and support on a one-to-one basis to younger pupils in our lunchtime Maths Clinic.
  • Additionally, staff contribute to the school’s holiday revision classes for GCSE and A-Level.

Clubs and Clinics

Maths staff
Staff in Department: Mr G Young (Head of Dept), Miss F Connell (second in the Dept), Mrs A Hayyeh, Mrs C Blakeman, Mrs J Girdlestone, Mrs L Johnston, Mr L Morris, Mrs C Peadon, Mr J Maulkerson and Mrs L Thomas.

For further information please contact the Head of Department via the School Office:
T: 01892 529551

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