Headteacher: Mr Inman


Mathematics at Buile Hill has been carefully developed to provide a consistent teaching and learning experience for students from year 7 through to year 11. A personalised learning approach has been adopted to nurture confidence and to raise the achievement of all students. Those who master a topic in the first few lessons are regularly challenged by increasing the breadth and depth of their understanding. Students who demonstrate the need for more support are provided with the opportunity to revisit key concepts, which are explained in a different way, often with more hints and at a slower pace.

Key Stage 3

Number of sessions per week: 3 X 60 minute sessions for years 7 and 8.
Mathematics at key stage 3 provides frequent opportunities for students to problem-solve and reason mathematically whilst mastering fundamental knowledge and skills that can be applied throughout the rest of their lives. Mathematics in years 7 and 8 has been developed to create confident and numerate students who are able to progress to KS4 and beyond.

Key Stage 4

Number of sessions per week: 4 X 60 minute sessions for years 9, 10 and 11.
All students will study GCSE Mathematics in Key Stage 4, which they begin to study in year 9, following a three year scheme of work.
This qualification involves the study of Number, Algebra, Ratio, Proportion and Rates of change, Geometry and Measures, Statistics & Probability.
This course enables students to:

  • develop fluent knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts,
  • acquire, select and apply mathematical techniques to solve problems
  • reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences, and draw conclusions
  • comprehend, interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context.

There is no coursework or controlled assessment in Mathematics – just a final exam consisting of three equally weighted examination papers, one non-calculator paper and two calculator papers.
The qualification will be graded on a nine-grade scale from 9 to 1 using the total mark across all three papers where 9 is the highest grade.
Pupils will be entered for either the Foundation Tier, where grades 1 – 5 are available, or the Higher Tier, with grades 3 to 9 available.
To be successful in Mathematics you have to be able to accept and enjoy a challenge; be able to work on your own and in a group and have the ability to work closely with your teachers in order to get the most out of this subject.
A good GCSE in Mathematics provides a strong foundation for further academic and vocational study and for employment. Exciting jobs, such as medicine, engineering and accountancy are future pathways of good mathematicians.


All students are set homework on a weekly basis in Mathematics. These homework’s are designed to build fluency in Mathematics whilst providing regular opportunities for students to problem solve and reason mathematically. Each question makes reference to online video clips to support independent learning outside of the classroom. These can be found at the following website for which every pupil has a personal log in - https://vle.mathswatch.co.uk/vle/. Homework is designed to extend and develop learning in class, and it is important that pupils complete all homework.


Last edited 21.11.2017 R.Woods

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