Welcome to Maths

Mathematics is the means of looking at the patterns that make up our world and the intricate and interesting ways in which they are constructed and realised. Numeracy is the means of making that knowledge useful. Our Mathematics Department strongly believes in fostering an ethos and appreciation for a lifelong use of Mathematics as well as meeting the demands of the curriculum.

The Mathematics Department aims to equip all students with transferable numeracy skills; skills that will be used both within school and beyond. Alongside this, we aim to encourage the students to develop their logical abilities and reasoning skills to solve challenging problems. Overall our aim is to ensure that all our students enjoy Mathematics and are encouraged to reach their full potential in our subject and in other curriculum areas.



Key Stage 3

The Mathematics course at Key Stage 3 provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to access the GCSE 9-1 Mathematics course in Key Stage 4. From year 7, students begin to build upon their prior knowledge and understanding to develop strong skills in problem solving and reasoning through the Teaching for Understanding Curriculum. From the start of the curriculum, students are exposed to complex problems in order to deepen their understanding and develop their mathematical fluency and resilience within the subject. Students of all abilities can access the curriculum through teaching the themes below, using concrete, pictorial and abstract examples.


If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact: David Powell, Head of Mathematics, at d.powell@shafton.outwood.com

Key Stage 4

Edexcel GCSE (9-1) in Mathematics

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Ratio, Proportion and Rates of Change
  • Geometry and Measures
  • Probability
  • Statistics

Mathematics is assessed in the following way:


The qualification consists of three equally-weighted written examination papers at either Foundation tier or Higher tier.
Paper 1 is a non-calculator assessment and a calculator is allowed for Paper 2 and Paper 3.

Each paper is 1 hour and 30 minutes long and is worth 80 marks (240 marks in total). All three papers must be at the same tier of entry and must be completed in the same assessment series.

If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: David Powell, Head of Mathematics, at d.powell@shafton.outwood.com

Enrichment Opportunities

Please see the current Academy Enrichment Programme for details of enrichment opportunities in this subject area.