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St Hugh’s A Church of England Academy

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Maths is the subject we all use every day, often without even realising it. Whether you are reading the time, shopping, playing a computer game or baking a cake you are applying mathematical ideas to your real life situation. For most people it also plays a part in their working life; waitresses, builders, entrepreneurs, plumbers, teachers, advertisers and thousands of other jobs involve maths on a daily basis. In short, maths is problem solving; a skill that is useful to everyone in their day to day lives.

Team and roles within the team:

  • Miss Rachel - CTL STEM (
  • Mrs R Dray – Lead Practitioner (
  • Mr C Gregory - Teacher of Mathematics (
  • Miss A McClellan - Teacher of Maths (
  • Mrs V Dexter – Higher Level Teaching Assistant (
  • Mrs C Sharp - Teacher of Maths (


The curriculum in maths is fluid from KS3 to KS4 and students are taught based on their performance rather than their year group. Students will cover the six areas of maths: Number; Ratio and Proportion; Shape, Space and Measure; Algebra; Data Handling; and Probability. They will learn through a combination of teacher-led and student-led activities with an emphasis on problem-solving. The scheme of learning is designed so that the students cover the same topics every year, deepening their understanding each time. By the time they reach the end of year 11, they will be fully prepared for their GCSEs and maths in the real world.

The topics consist of:

  • Integers, powers and roots
  • Sequences, functions and graphs
  • Lines, angles and shapes
  • Data – interpreting results
  • Construction and loci
  • Calculations and accuracy
  • Transformations
  • Simplifying and substituting
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Pythagoras’ Theorem and trigonometry
  • Forming and solving equations
  • Area and perimeter
  • Probability
  • Volume and surface area
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Measures
  • Inequalities
  • Statistical inquiry


Students will be assessed every half term in maths. Assessments will alternate between a skills assessment and a problem-solving assessment. After every skills assessment, students will receive a gap analysis – a tool that identifies where students have gaps in their learning. This aids students in revision and teachers in their planning to ensure that rapid progress is made and no time is wasted.

At the end of year 11, students will sit the Edexcel maths exam which consists of three papers—two calculator, one non-calculator. Grades range from 1 to 9, with 9 the highest grade available for the course. All pupils will be entered at one of two tiers depending on their progress up to and during the GCSE course. The marks received on each paper will be added together and the final grade determined from the total marks.

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