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Education is not the learning of facts but the training of the mind to think

Albert Einstein

KS3 Mathematics

At ECSfG, Year 7 and 8 students follow the KS3 Pearsons schemes of work which provides them with a solid foundation in preparation for their GCSEs. Through these years, they build upon the concepts studied at KS2 and are taught to develop fluency, reason mathematically and solve problems.

Our students are taught in ability groups based on their KS2 SATS results and a baseline test that they sit early on in Year 7. The setting system allows us to tailor our teaching to the needs of our students, enabling them to make maximum progress. Assessments and Core Tasks are completed regularly to help us monitor progress and re-set students where necessary.

At the beginning of the year, all students are given access to Mathswatch, a comprehensive online platform with a range of videos on all topics in the curriculum and interactive questions for the students to attempt. Homework is quite often set on Mathswatch.

Please find the overview of the curriculum below:

Year 7 Year 8

Unit 1: Analysing and displaying data

Unit 1: Number

Unit 2: Number skills

Unit 2: Area and volume

Unit 3: Expressions, functions, and formulae

Unit 3: Statistics, graphs, and charts

Unit 4: Decimals and measures

Unit 4: Expressions and equations

Unit 5: Fractions

Unit 5: Real-life graphs

Unit 6: Probability

Unit 6: Decimals and ratio

Unit 7: Ratio and proportion

Unit 7: Lines and angles

Unit 8: Lines and angles

Unit 8: Calculating with fractions

Unit 9: Sequences and graphs

Unit 9: Straight-line graphs

Unit 10: Transformations

Unit 10: Percentages, decimals, and fractions


KS4 GCSE Mathematics

Please click here for the Edexcel Pearson Mathematics webpage.

Please see the Edexcel specification below.

It is compulsory that every pupil studies Mathematics in Year 10 and Year 11.


Edexcel 1MA1 in Mathematics 

This GCSE is offered to all the pupils and has two tiers:

  • Higher tier (awarding grades 4 to 9).
  • Foundation tier (awarding grades 1 to 5).

It is a three year course that your daughter has already started in Year 9 and the final exam will take place in May/June of Year 11.

There is no coursework or controlled assessment requirement for GCSE Mathematics.


Edexcel 1MA1 in Mathematics

Both Higher and Foundation tiers will be assessed in the summer of Year 11 through:

  • 1 Non-Calculator Paper
  • 2 Calculator Papers

(All exams are equally weighted. Each exam takes 1 hour 30 minutes and is worth 80 marks)


In order to study Mathematics at A Level; only those pupils who achieve a grade 7 or above for GCSE Mathematics and have come from one of the Set 1 groups would be considered. 

In order to study A Level Further Mathematics; only those pupils who study A Level Mathematics and come from Set 1 with GCSE grade 8 or 9 will be considered.

KS5 A Level Mathematics

Please see below for the Edexcel Mathematics A Level Specification 9MA0

Course Overview

The A Level course is offered on a linear basis. Over two years the following modules are offered:

  • Pure Mathematics 1 
  • Pure Mathematics 2 
  • Statistics and Mechanics 

Course Assessment

Three external examinations at the end of Year 13 

Securing a place at Post-16

You will need a minimum of grade 7 in Mathematics GCSE and pass an entrance exam (60% or higher) in the first week of the course at the beginning of the Autumn Term 

Further Opportunities Following this Course:

Mathematics is a versatile qualification, well-respected by employers and is a facilitating subject for entry to higher education. Careers for people with good mathematical skills and qualifications are not only well paid, but they are often interesting and rewarding. People who have studied Mathematics are in the fortunate position of having an excellent choice of careers. Whilst the number of younger people studying Mathematics is increasing there is a still a huge demand from science, engineering and manufacturing employers. 

The reason why so many employers highly value mathematics qualifications is that students become better at thinking logically and analytically. Through solving problems, they develop resilience and are able to think creatively and strategically. The writing of structured solutions, proof and justification of results helps them to formulate reasoned arguments. Students will also need to have excellent numeracy skills and the ability to process and interpret data. 

Our Deputy Headteacher, Ms J Foster, will be happy to supply further detail and more information if required.

Please contact her at or telephone 020 8363 3030