Department Leader: Gina Omelasz

The KBA Mathematics Department are dedicated to supporting students’ learning at all levels, offering a wide range of specialisms from basic numeracy to Further Maths.

Mathematics is a very conceptual subject, so is taught in sets. Your child will be placed in a set which is appropriate for their ability. This is based on data from:

  • SAT tests undertaken during their final year at junior school
  • Maths baseline assessment

Students are then taught in sets for the remainder of their time here in accordance with their ability. Setting is reviewed on a regular basis to ensure that each student has every opportunity to make excellent progress.

All students are set targets at Key Stage 3. The Scheme of Learning consists of Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s). The aim of the Maths Department is that students master the skills taught. Lessons are fully differentiated using Key, Boost and Aspire. This gives students every opportunity to aim high and complete tasks at their targeted level. Each KPI is assessed using a Knowledge Assessment – these consist of fluency questions and problem solving. 

Progress is monitored in three ways:

  • Students are assessed using Knowledge Assessments for each KPI
  • Cumulative Termly Assessments
  • End of year examinations.

The department is following the Edexcel linear syllabus at Key Stage 4. The GCSE course incorporates all aspects of Mathematics:  Number, Algebra, Ratio, proportion and rates of change, Geometry and measures, Probability and Statistics.  It focuses on applying Mathematics in context, problem solving, reasoning and the functional elements of Mathematics, concentrating on the knowledge and applications that are most accessible and relevant. The course is a linear scheme with three exams at the end of Year 11, consisting of 1 non-calculator paper and 2 calculator papers.

Some students may also follow Entry Level Mathematics. This course supports their learning at GCSE.

Qualifications which may be obtained at Key Stage 4

At the end of Key Stage 4, students are awarded a GCSE Mathematics grade.

Mathematics is a tiered exam with two levels of entry:

  • the Higher tier awards grades 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, (Grade 3 allowed)
  • the Foundation tier awards grades 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
  • Entry Level 3, 2, 1


Hegarty Maths

All students must use Hegarty Maths. Students are set a minimum of 2 tasks per week by their Maths teacher. Each student will have a personal login and watch the video for each task and complete the questions. They can message their teacher for assistance. However, an immediate response is generally not possible.

Equipment Requirements

Your child must attend their Maths lessons with appropriate equipment. This must include a scientific calculator. The Maths Department suggest all students purchase the Casio 85gt plus. This will be the only calculator your child will need during Key Stage 3 and 4.

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