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Head of Department: Mr G Rowlands


Edexcel GCSE Mathematics A specification will develop knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts, including working with numbers, algebra, geometry, measures, statistics and probability.

Year 7 and 8

Students study Maths for 8 hours per fortnight in year 7 and 8. It is one of the core subjects that follows directly on from the primary school curriculum. The subject knowledge and mathematical methods and skills learnt at Key Stage 3 help develop confidence and understanding that helps students have a firm grounding when starting the GCSE curriculum. 

Students study the following topics:

  • Number (fractions, decimals, percentages, ratios, powers)
  • Algebra (formulae, sequences, graphs, equations
  • Shape (area, volume, co-ordinates, transformations, trigonometry)
  • Data (probability, analyzing and representing data, averages)

Students are set from the beginning of year 7 based on data from primary schools and assessments set at the end of the first half term. Settings are constantly reviewed and all pupils have the opportunity to move sets. Assessments are set at the end of each half term with a final summer exam to finish the year off.

Extra-curricular opportunities include the Junior Maths Challenge and Local Maths Team challenge.

Year 9, 10 and 11

Maths is a core subject at GCSE. Employers and further education institutions expect students to hold at least a C grade, (Grade 5 from 2017) as an indicator of their numeracy and readiness for further study or work.

In Year 10 and 11 students study Maths for 8 hours per fortnight. They will continue to develop the skills and knowledge they have developed at Key Stage 3, working to ever higher levels of challenge and difficulty. More advanced topics at GCSE level include:

  • Number (limits of accuracy, repeated percentage change)
  • Algebra (quadratic equations, advanced formulae)
  • Shape (Pythagoras, combined transformations, loci)
  • Data (histograms, cumulative frequency, averages of grouped data)

Students are expected to attend extended day in year 11. This is an extra 1 hour maths lesson focused on student’s weak areas identified by analysing test and mock data.  

Assessment is entirely through examination at the end of the two years of study. We follow the Edexcel specification. Students are entered for either Foundation (grades C-G, or 5-1) or Higher tier exams (grades A*-C, or 9-4), according to how well they perform in years 9/10.


KS3 maths homework is designed to reinforce the knowledge and skills learned in lessons. Homework is based on lesson material from the previous week. While in KS4 and GCSE, homework is based on GCSE questions that have and could come up in future GCSE exams.   

Additional Information

Extra-curricular opportunities include the Intermediate Maths Challenge in year 10 and STEM events linking Maths and Industry run by local businesses including BP in Sunbury. 

Careers and Further Study

Studying Maths at GCSE leads directly into college to study A Levels in Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Economics or Physics. Local colleges that former Matthew Arnold students have attended include Strodes, Brooklands, Richmond and Salesian School Sixth Form.  

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