Our Mathematics Team

An Introduction to Mathematics

As a department we strive to foster a positive attitude towards maths and its applications. We provide pupils with the knowledge of how to use and apply maths, along with encouraging pupils to explore its potential to enrich the wider aspects of education. Problem solving is actively encouraged and where possible pupils are faced with real life tasks, requiring them to use their maths based knowledge to find a solution.

Key Stage 4 - GCSE Edexcel Mathematics

The table below illustrates the topic areas covered in this qualification and the topic area weightings for the assessment of the Foundation tier and the assessment of the Higher tier.

Foundation Tier

Number 22 - 28%
Algebra 17 - 23%
Ratio, Proportion and Rates of change 22 - 28%
Geometry & Measures 12 - 18%
Statistics & Probability 12 - 18%

Higher Tier

Number 12 - 18%
Algebra 27 - 33%
Ratio, Proportion and Rates of change 17 - 23%
Geometry & Measures 17 - 23%
Statistics & Probability 12 - 18%

All three papers must be at the same tier of entry, Higher or Foundation.

  • Paper 1 is a non-calculator assessment
  • Paper 2 & 3 are calculator assessments
  • Each paper is 1 hour and 30 minutes long.
  • Each paper has 80 marks.
  • Each paper has a range of question types; some questions will be set in both mathematical and non-mathematical contexts.