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.

During KS4, all students follow the Edexcel GCSE 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.

During KS4, additional and alongside GCSE Mathematics, there is an opportunity for selected students to follow additional Mathematical courses.

These are:

AQA Level 2 Certificate in Further Mathematics is designed to stretch and challenge high achieving mathematicians. It is the equivalent to a full GCSE course, but it doesn't cover the full Key Stage 4 (KS4) programme of study.  It is ideal for students who are predicted to achieve Grades 8+ at GCSE, and are likely to progress to A-level Maths and Further Maths.

Edexcel GCSE Statistics develops skills that students will use in other subjects such as science and geography, and reinforces techniques needed for GCSE maths as well as supporting progression to A level maths. Real-life scenarios will capture their interest and give them an insight into the importance of statistics in the real world.

AQA Entry Level Mathematics provides basic and relevant mathematical skills and can support students who can find it difficult at times to access the GCSE course. The specification is co-teachable with GCSE, to suit students who are studying both qualifications.

Qualifications which may be obtained at Key Stage 4

GCSE Mathematics

This course is a tiered examination 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

AQA Level 2 Certificate in Further Mathematics

This course is a non-tiered examination.

•         Grades achievable Distinction (A^), A*, A, B and C.

Edexcel GCSE Statistics

This course is a tiered examination 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

AQA Entry Level Mathematics

To complete the course, students’ complete tasks to show their understanding of key mathematical skills.  Students are then awarded Entry Level 1, 2 or 3.


Hegarty Maths

All students must use Hegarty Maths. Students are set a minimum of 2 tasks per week by their Mathematics 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.

Students will also be set written tasks. These tasks are to enable students to practice their exam technique.

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