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Ribston Hall High School

Ribston HallHigh School

Curriculum Lead: Mrs N Walker.


 Mrs P Graves, Miss J Howell, Mrs J Jeffrey, Miss L Lewis, Miss A Schneider, Mrs N Walker.


The department views mathematics as a subject which is fascinating in its own right and useful both to other subjects and many aspects of adult life. Our aim is for every pupil to fulfil their mathematical potential. To achieve this we strive to make our teaching consistent, clear, positive and inspiring. We try to highlight the relevance of mathematics in everyday life and to provide teaching that is committed to the pupils and their individual needs. Pupils are taught in sets from Year 8. This allows for the more able pupil to be stretched and challenged and being in a smaller group allows those that need extra support to have more 1-1 time with their teacher. 

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 & 8)

The course is designed to consolidate pupil’s numerical and mathematical capability from Key Stage 2 and extend their understanding in this important subject. Pupils will be stretched and challenged to understand how mathematics forms part of everyday life through problem solving tasks and appropriate use of ICT. The content includes a broad variety of topics from each of the following strands: Number, Algebra, Ratio, Proportion and rates of change, Geometry and Measures, Probability and Statistics. 

Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 & 11)

Edexcel GCSE (9-1) in Mathematics (1MA1) 

All pupils are prepared for the Higher Tier of entry. Pupils develop knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts, including: Number, Algebra, Ratio, proportion & rates of change, Statistics and Probability. 


New content to the Higher tier (Grades 4-9):

  • The gradient at a point on a curve as a rate of change
  • The area under a graph
  • Geometric progressions
  • Composite and inverse functions
  • Iteration
  • The location of turning points on a quadratic function by completing the square
  • Expanding products of more than two binomials

The key changes in the new GCSE are that pupils require:

  • Better reading and comprehension skills to extract the problem being posed
  • Recall of most formulae (many of which used to be provided in the exam)
  • Extended problem solving skills as fewer steps are provided in the form of sub-questions or   prompts and some will be non-routine problems
  • A greater focus on the ability to interpret and communicate mathematically by drawing communications, making chains of mathematical reasoning and presenting mathematical arguments and proofs

Assessment: Three written papers in Year 11. Paper 1: Non-calculator, Paper 2 & 3: Calculator 

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 & 11 - Sets 1 & 2)

AQA Level 2 Further Mathematics (8360)

This is a Free-Standing Mathematics Qualification which is at GCSE level, whilst not actually a GCSE. From 2020 it will be assessed using grades 9-1. Depending on the cohort, we prepare students for Further Mathematics with the aim of introducing students to the power and elegance of advanced mathematics. This allows students to experience the directions in which the subject is developed post-GCSE and develop confidence in using mathematical skills in other areas of study. We feel that this course benefits able students who are thinking of undertaking A level Mathematics or other mathematically based subjects post 16. 

Assessment: Two written papers at the end of Year 11. 

Key Stage 5

Exam Board: Edexcel

The course is two thirds Pure Mathematics, one sixth Mechanics and one sixth Statistics. Pure Mathematics develops the algebra, trigonometry, co-ordinate geometry knowledge already met in GCSE and introduces calculus, series and exponentials and logarithms. The Statistics part of the course covers the collection, analysis and presentation of data and also probability. Mechanics is the mathematics of movement and so has an overlap with Physics.

We have a focus in all areas of establishing solid basic skills and the confidence and flexibility to apply these skills in problems solving and in other curriculum areas.

 We hold internal examinations in Year 12.

Assessment: Three written papers at the end of Year 13

Other courses offered: Advanced Extension Award ­ Edexcel (Mathematics 9801), Preparation for STEP and MAT examinations.


Extra Curricular

To further enrich our students’ enjoyment and understanding of mathematics, pupils from all years have the opportunity to take part in the UKMT Mathematics Challenges in school and the regional UKMT Team competitions held locally. Year 9 students are encouraged to participate in The Royal Institution Maths Masterclasses run by the University of Gloucestershire. These introduce the girls to ideas they wouldn’t normally cover in their mathematics classes and so hopefully inspire them to continue their mathematics study further. Key Stage 4 students have opportunities to attend events aimed to inspire and encourage them to consider going on to study AS/A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics as well as activity and problem solving days run by The Further Mathematics Support Programme. Advanced level students are given opportunities to attend revision courses, problem solving days and courses that will help them to prepare for the STEP and AEA examinations.