Welcome to the Mathematics Faculty

A good qualification (GCSE grade C/5 or above) in Mathematics is essential for most Higher Education courses and is a minimum standard required for many employment openings. It is expected that every student is aware of this and will strive for success accordingly.

The Mathematics faculty is very successful at Tibshelf School. In August 2015 we achieved outstanding GCSE results.

We strive to push students to the limit of their ability, and in 2015, an astonishing 21.4% of students achieved an A or A* grade compared to a national average of 16.5% and 82.4% achieved an A* to C Grade compared to 63.3% national average. 74.1% of students made 3 levels of progress compared to a national average of 65%. Also, 31.6% of students made 4 levels of progress compared to a national average of 27.5%. The Mathematics department has consistently achieved well above the national average for the last 10 years!

Students in Mathematics are set in classes according to ability. Higher ability groups are often larger classes than lower ability groups. This enables more students to access the highest grades whereby students requiring additional support can be targeted more effectively.


Mathematics is a compulsory subject in Years 10 and 11. A good qualification in Mathematics is essential for most Higher Education courses and employment opportunities. Every student should be aware of this and it is expected they will strive for success accordingly.

Maths Course outline

The Edexcel/OCR Linear GCSE course will be followed in Years 10 and 11.

Students are able to switch between tiers during the course depending on their performance.

Topics Studied: Number, Algebra, Ratio, proportion and rates of change, Geometry and Measures, Statistics and Probability.

Maths Assessment

The qualification consists of three equally-weighted written examination papers at either Foundation tier or Higher tier.

Paper 1 is a non-calculator assessment and a calculator is allowed for Paper 2 and Paper 3.

Each paper is 1 hour and 30 minutes long.

Each paper has 80 marks.

Foundation tier: grades 1 to 5.

Higher tier: grades 4 to 9 (grade 3 allowed).

Further Maths Assessment

100%   Written Papers:

40%     Paper 1 – Non-calculator

60%     Paper 2 – Calculator

This qualification is an untiered qualification.


All career paths and further education institutions require GCSE in Maths. GCSE Maths and Further provide an excellent preparation for GCE specifications, should students wish to continue their studies at AS and later A level.

What is vital in Mathematics is that students who make progress can move up a group and those who are struggling with their Mathematics can move into a group more appropriate to their needs. Assessments are completed regularly throughout the year in both KS3 and KS4 enabling students to be placed in the most appropriate ability group.

Enjoyment of Mathematics is also a strong ethos held within the Faculty. The Mathematics team strive to pass on their enjoyment of the subject to all students.


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Teachers / Teaching Assistants

The Faculty comprises seven qualified and experienced teachers supported by specialist Mathematics teaching assistants providing dedicated classroom support.
The support offered extends beyond students with specific learning needs (SEN) into classes where it is felt additional support would be of benefit.


Homework is regularly set to practice and re-enforce the techniques introduced in lessons. It is expected this work is completed and handed in on time. It is considered that repetition of skills is vital to clear mathematical understanding.
There is also a lunchtime homework club where students can seek help or additional support.


Students are expected to be equipped for every lesson. In addition to pen and pencil basic mathematical equipment includes a ruler, protractor and drawing compasses. Calculators are required as part of the GCSE course. It is essential that a familiar calculator is used in order to grasp and practice key sequences. A Sharp scientific calculator (which can be purchased from school) or similar is recommended for GCSE studies. Parent pay


There are several opportunities for students to explore Mathematics further through extended activities. There is annual participation in the ‘Maths Challenge’, a national competition organised through Leeds University. There are also ‘Maths Fun Days’ and whole day Mathematics themed learning sessions aimed mainly at Key Stage 3 students.