Here you will find information about our department, including what we teach and how we assess our pupils.

Aims & Objectives

The overall aim of the Mathematics Faculty isto maximise each individual pupil's mathematical development and to give pupilsthe confidence to deal with the mathematical experiences encountered outside ofthe school environment. We aim to show the position of Mathematics as anintegral part of the whole curriculum, drawing on and supporting many areas ofexperience within Healing School.

The Mathematics Faculty will do this in schooland through our work with the local feeder schools. We organise the 'SupportYour Child’s Learning in Maths' evening and work with Science on the planning,hosting and running of the 'Maths and Science Primary Quiz' yearly event. Wealso enter pupils into competitions such as the UKMT Challenge.

To further develop our pupil's mathematical understanding we aim to enter all set 1 pupils for their GCSE Statistics at the end of Year 11. This is to develop their application skills and further inform their awareness of the use and misuse of statistical information.

Key Stage 3 - Years 7 & 8

What will our pupils study?

Mathematics is delivered by our specialist staff. Pupils follow an appropriate programme of study dependent on prior attainment at Key Stage 2. The scheme of work we follow is well structured and written by the Faculty, currently using Essential Mathematics, CGP Mathematics for Key Stage Three and Key Maths Texts.

Curriculum Overview

How will our pupils be assessed?

There are regular testing opportunities and assessment points throughout the year using a variety of prepared tests. Pupils are awarded numerical levels from 2L to 8U termly, following internal assessment.

Key Stage 4 - Years 9, 10 & 11

What will our pupils study?

All pupils in Key Stage 4 study for a Maths course which leads to a GCSE qualification. This will either be at Foundation or Higher tier of entry.

Each tier contains content a variety of categories for study:

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Ratio, proportion and rates of change
  • Geometry and measures
  • Probability
  • Statistics

A GCSE in mathematics should help pupils to:

  • Develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of a variety of methods and concepts.
  • Select the correct method and apply this to solving problems.
  • Reason and explain mathematical decisions which can include making deductions and conclusions based on given or found information.
  • Use and understand maths in a given context to interpret and convey information.

Curriculum Overview

How will our pupils be assessed?

There are again regular testing opportunities and assessment points throughout the year using a variety of prepared tests. Pupils are awarded numerical grades from 1- to 9= termly, following internal assessment.

We currently follow the GCSE AQA 8300 programme which is 100% examination based assessment. Pupils will complete three GCSE exam papers at the end of Year 11. One non-calculator and two with the use of a calculator.

For GCSE Statistics we follow the AQA 8382 syllabus, which is also 100% examination based assessment. Pupils will complete two GCSE exam papers at the end of Year 11 both allow the use of a calculator.

How have our KS4 pupils progressed so far?


A* - C grades67%

4+ “standard” pass
5+ “strong” pass


A* - C grades

Levels of Progress

Expected Progress - 2016
75%Better than Expected Progress - 2016
Expected Progress - 2017
77%Better than Expected Progress - 2017
Expected Progress - 2018
83%Better than Expected Progress - 2018

What can it lead to?

GCSE Maths is of interest to the majority of employers and further education establishments. To begin an A level in mathematics you would need to have studied for the Higher exam paper and achieved a good grade.

It is useful in many occupations. Examples are:

  • Teaching
  • Banking
  • Finance
  • Scientific careers
  • Engineering
  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Nursing
  • Building/construction
  • Architecture
  • Travel and tourism
  • Office work, etc.

Accommodation & Resources

The Faculty enjoys a block of 10 dedicated mathematics rooms. All rooms are fitted with Interactive Whiteboards and Drywipe marker boards. One of these rooms houses a suite of 32 computers for Faculty use.

Within the Faculty we also have two classroomsets of iPads for teachers and pupils to use as part of their lessons.

Each classroom is well stocked with class basedsupport texts. There is also a central resource stock cupboard with sharedtexts and other materials.

There is a Faculty shared IT drive,increasingly used to develop a bank of shared ICT resources within the Facultyand to monitor individual's progress.

All pupils have access to online support from MyMaths and MathsWatch packages.


The Mathematics Faculty has been consistently and highly successful over a number of years both in relation to other Faculties in the school and against National Performance. Below is the comparison for 2018.

Maths GCSE Results
Healing School
National Average
9 - 7
9 - 5
9 - 4

It sets high expectations of all pupils at whatever level of ability. Homework is set regularly and expected to be done by all pupils.