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Welcome to the Mathematics Department

Information about the department, including textbooks and schemes of work can be located in the VLE section of the website.


Staff in the department:

Head of Department:  Mr M Ravenwood mravenwood@archbishops.kent.sch.uk

Deputy Head of Department: Mr R Talling rtalling@archbishops.kent.sch.uk

Miss C Fensom cfensom@archbishops.kent.sch.uk

Mr W Howe whowe@archbishops.kent.sch.uk

Miss J Tosun jtosun@archbishops.kent.sch.uk

Mr J Wiffen jwiffen@archbishops.kent.sch.uk



KS3 and 4 Pathways

Years 7 – 11 are designed to prepare students for their GCSE, following a 5 year Scheme of Work aimed at delivery best possibly progress.

There are three pathways, not necessarily distinct:

A - Students who achieved expected attainment at Key Stage 2, leading to Higher GCSE Grades 6 to 9 in Year 11.

B - Students who achieved below expected attainment at Key Stage 2, leading to Higher/Foundation GCSE grades 4 to 6 in Year 11.

C - Students who are well below expected attainment at Key Stage 2, leading to Foundation GCSE grades 1 to 4 in Year 11


Students can move between pathways during the course of their time at the Archbishop’s School, but we will always keep their Key Stage 2 grades as a guideline for their final expected grade. Targets will be reviewed and may be increased for students who make substantial progress at Archbishop’s.


Baseline assessments

In Year 7, students will perform a baseline test to identify areas of the National Curriculum that they have not learnt prior to arrival. This will then form the basis for a programme of intervention to help those students to catch up.

A baseline test will also be performed in Year 10 and/or Year 11 to establish areas of weakness going into the GCSE. Exam boards have identified numeracy as the reason for the loss of 20% of marks at GCSE and we are therefore committed to improve numeracy at the Archbishop’s School.

Assessments in KS3 and KS4 are based on GCSE exam style questioning, to ensure that we can reliably demonstrate progress over time.


Year 7

Year 7 starts by revisiting some key areas from KS2 in order to provide a firm foundation for the work in KS3. Students who are confident and competent in these areas will be given more challenging problems on these topics.

This early work is designed to identify key areas for intervention for those who did not reach the expected standard at KS2. There is also a topic on reasoning, the second aim in the curriculum that is vital for problem solving. The topic provides a starting point with problems involving less challenging curricular content and the strand is developed through the other topics in Year 7. It is important not to bore students in Year 7 by just going over work they have done in KS2, using projects can help with revisiting their old topics without making it tedious.

The aim for year 7 is to enable as many students as possible to be on a pathway to reach the expected standard at age 16.


Year 8

Year 8 focuses on problem solving, building on the understanding and reasoning skills developed in Year 7.

The content in the main pathway assumes competence with all the content from KS2 and the new content in Year 7. It is important that students understand this thoroughly before meeting the challenging content of Year 9.


Year 9

Year 9 increases the challenge substantially and covers roughly the Foundation content for GCSE, as dictated by the KS3 curriculum orders. Students who have consolidated their understanding of the work up to the end of Year 8 and applied it to solve complex problems should end Year 9 ready to gain the highest grades at GCSE.


Year 10

Year 10 reviews and extends the work of year 9, completing the Foundation content and extending into the Higher content for sets A and B. This is an opportunity to stretch pupils as much as possible, so that they can be entered at the most appropriate tier for them in Year 11.


Year 11

There are opportunities throughout Year 11 to move between Foundation and Higher if needed, and it is therefore important to continue to prepare pupils for the highest level they are capable of reaching. The curriculum should be completed by Easter at the latest to allow time for revision and exam practice.

Pupils take the Edexcel 9-1 Examinations at the end of Year 11, which is comprised of 3 examinations of 90 minutes each.


KS5 Pathways

Year 12 & 13

A-Level Mathematics (Edexcel) is offered as a 2 year terminal course to Year 12.

GCSEs resits for pupils who have not achieved a grade 4 at GCSE are supported by additional classes and material support.

We are seeking to enhance our range of courses at A-Level and are working with FMSP to improve provision at KS4 and 5.