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Mathematics at St Aldhelm's Academy


Mathematics Teaching Staff

  • Mrs S Thomson – Curriculum leader, Maths
  • Mr C Birch – Second in Department
  • Mr P Barker
  • Mr T Joyner
  • Ms M Cottam

Why Mathematics is Important

Mathematics opens the doors to many promising career paths. A study by Pay Scale shows that the top 15 highest-earning degrees have a common element: mathematics. Not only that, it is a key factor in students being able to move onto the next stage of their education, whether it be an apprenticeship, A-Levels or the world of work. Mathematics teaches problem-solving and resilience and the ability to look at an issue and work through it logically.

Pedagogical Approach to Mathematics

Students experience mathematics through a mixture of formal whole class instruction as well as individual and small group learning experiences in the hope of encouraging a genuine interest and passion for the subject. Feedback is tailored to the individual student to help guide them through their learning and assessments are used periodically to measure progress and understanding. Homework is set once a week for Key Stage 4 and once a fortnight for Key Stage 3. A variety of tasks are set in the hope of consolidating knowledge as well as challenging students to develop their own mathematical skills. We ask parents/carers to support us in ensuring that homework is completed to a high standard but encourage students to seek guidance and assistance from their teachers who will always be happy to assist them with a topic they are struggling with.

Key Stage 3 & 4

Students have 5 hours of mathematics per week in which a range of topics are covered. Students follow a 5 year program which maps out their journey to GCSE from the moment they arrive in Year 7. All students will follow the GCSE linear course with Edexcel. In addition to our new text books published by Oxford University Press, a wide variety of other resources are used within lessons to help facilitate learning and engage each class.

Students are assessed in a variety of ways including end of topic tests and formal examinations. Every lesson has a clear focus on assisting students in achieving their potential and students are taught how to tackle GCSE exam questions from day one.

The final GCSE assessment consists of three papers, one non-calculator and two calculator papers, in line with the introduction of the new 9-1 grading system.

Additional Support for Mathematics

  • Weekly revision sessions are hosted by the teaching staff to assist those students in year 11 who are preparing for their GCSEs. As the exam season draws nearer these revision sessions are also held during school holidays and in some cases at the weekend. The following websites contain lots of useful resources for students and




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