Mathematics is central to the pupils' education at St. Peter’s, it is an essential skill and teaches pupils good work practices, skills and knowledge which are often of benefit to other subjects.  

The well resourced mathematics department has 10 teachers of Mathematics who work in 8 specialised Maths rooms.

Lessons in Maths cover all aspects of Number, Algebra, Ratio, Proportion & Rates of Change, Geometry & Measures, Probability & Statistics. Pupils are involved in their own learning which encourages them to develop their investigative skills. A range of styles & resources are used in lessons, in particular an extensive use of ICT.  All rooms have an interactive whiteboard.

At KS3, pupils in Year 7 and 8 have three lessons a week and in Year 9 pupils have 4 lessons a week. In year 7, pupils are put into sets according to ability from their KS2 score.  Pupils will be given termly summative assessments. Pupils are given a minimum of one weeks notice and are expected to revise for these tests at home in addition to class revision. Pupils are set weekly homework. The course covers many aspects of the National Curriculum including developing fluency, mathematical reasoning and solving problems.

At KS4, Year 10 pupils have 5 lessons per week and follow the AQA syllabus. In Year 11, pupils have 4 lessons per week and the same AQA Linear GCSE syllabus (8300).

Mathematics results at both key stages are above the National Average.

Extra-curricular activities include the following:

  • The department runs a lunchtime Maths Clinic for selected year groups that allow pupils to get guidance on homework and/or particular topics that are being taught in class.
  • We run a small after school class for KS4 pupils who wish to work beyond regular GCSE topics. We follow the OCR Advanced Additional Maths course over two years for final examination at the end of Year 11.
  • All top sets have the opportunity to participate in the UK Maths Challenge and over recent years several pupils have enjoyed success in this at all levels.
  • Selected pupils also have the opportunity to represent our school to compete in Maths Team Challenges in the area
  • We run an extensive after school revision programme with Year 11.

Pupils should be fully equipped for all lessons and we expect they have the following equipment with them for every lesson:

Pen, pencil, ruler, eraser, sharpener, scientific calculator (preferably CASIO). In addition, we expect pupils to own a protractor and a pair of compasses. Pupils will be given prior warning to bring these additional items from home into school.

Equipment is available to purchase from the LRC, however pupils must bear in mind that only a limited stock is available in school and there is no guarantee they will be able to purchase equipment on the day.

Head of Department: Miss G Bradley

Key Stage 3 Curriculum Map

We follow a spiral curriculum at KS3. Topics taught in Year 7 are revisited in Year 8 and 9 but are developed further.

Year 8 and 9 will be continuing with this spiral curriculum (below), whereas we are in the process of introducing the White Rose Maths KS3 scheme of work. The current Year 7’s have started on this Scheme this year, and will continue with this scheme through into Years 8 and 9.

Year 7 are initially set using the KS2 scaled score. In the Autumn term, pupils complete a catch-up programme designed to develop an area of misunderstanding.  Those pupils who are not secondary ready will follow an intensive catch-up programme.

Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
1) Whole number and decimals 7) Whole number calculations 13) Sequences
2) Measures, perimeter and area 8) Statistics 14) Decimal calculations/3D shapes
3) Fractions, decimals and percentages 9) Transformations 15) Ratio and proportion
4) Expressions and formulae 10) Equations 16) Probability
5) Angles and 2D shapes 11) Types of number and written methods 17) Everyday Maths
6) Graphs 12) Constructions and 3D shapes  


White Rose Maths Scheme of Learning (Year 7)

White Rose Maths Scheme of Learning (Year 8)




Year 7, 8, and 9

Assessment 1

Autumn Term

Assessment 2

Spring Term

Summer exam

May / June


KS3 Suggested Revision Guides

New KS3 Maths Complete Study & Practice (with Online Edition) - ISBN: 978 1 84146 383 4


KS3 Revision Websites




Hegarty Maths

Pupils have their own individual accounts for these websites

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Pupils in Year 10 and 11 follow the AQA syllabus (8300) split into two tiers of entry, foundation and higher.

1) Calculations 12) Ratio and proportion
2) Expressions 13) Factors, powers and roots
3) Angles and polygons 14) Graphs 1
4) Handling data 1 15) Working in 3D
5) Fractions, decimals and percentages 16) Handling data 2
6) Formulae and functions 17) Calculations 2
7) Working in 2D 18) Graphs 2
8) Probability 19) Pythagoras, trigonometry and vectors
9) Measures and accuracy 20) Probability of combined events
10) Equations and inequalities 21) Sequences
11) Circles and constructions 22) Units and proportionality




Year 10

Assessment 1

October / November

Assessment 2


Summer exam

May / June



Year 11



Assessment 3


Assessment 4


Summer exam

May / June



KS4 Suggested Revision Guides

GCSE Maths AQA Complete Revision & Practice: Higher - Grade 9-1 Course (with Online Edition) - ISBN: 978 1 78294 396 9

GCSE Maths AQA Complete Revision & Practice: Foundation - Grade 9-1 Course (with Online Edition) - ISBN: 978 1 78294 997 8


KS4 Revision Websites






The following links allow students to access new style GCSE questions by topic, along with worked solutions:

Higher Tier

Foundation Tier

Updated: Jan 2020