Mathematics is a very important subject for students to study.


It has great importance in many areas of life, whether it’s dealing with personal finance or applying it to solve complex problems in the rigours of modern day life, it is an essential skill.

A sound mathematical knowledge is also essential in other subjects and can be applied across the whole curriculum developing thinking skills, problem solving and analytical skills as well as the ability to communicate clearly.

It is the department’s aim to ensure that every student should be allowed to develop their potential fully in the subject and to have an enjoyable and positive experience of Mathematics. Students will be continually informed about their progress in Mathematics throughout their five years. Intervention will be offered to those students who are identified as being off target.


Key Stage 3 students will follow the new National Curriculum and will be placed in a class which is most appropriate to their learning needs. Students will be assessed regularly, through classroom tasks, homework and formal written assessments. Students who are not on track to meet their targets will be offered intervention.


There are two tiers of entry for GCSE Mathematics for the current Y11 only (2015-16)

Higher (Grades A*-D)

Foundation (Grades C-G)

Students will have begun KS4 in Y10 and will follow the Edexcel linear specification.

There are two tiers of entry for GCSE Mathematics for the current Y10 and subsequent years.

Higher (Grades 4-9)

Foundation (Grades 1-5)

Initially a grade 4 will count as an old C grade. This is planned to change to a grade 5 in future years.

Students will begin KS4 in Y9 and will follow the Edexcel linear specification.

GCSE mathematics requires students to develop skills and understanding in a number of topic areas including: Number, Algebra, Geometry, Measures, Statistics and Probability. Students will also gain experience in applying mathematical knowledge to solve problems.

Students will be taught in groups which are most appropriate to their needs. Regular assessments will be used to ensure that students are making good progress and are on course to hit, or exceed, their targets. Carefully planned intervention will be offered to those students who are not making the required progress.

Houghton Mathematic Department’s overall aim is to ensure that all students reach their maximum potential. Each member of the department offers extra lessons after school to help with this process. Please feel free to contact the department at any time for further information.

Mr S.J Flynn

Head of Mathematics