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Mathematics is essential in every walk of life: whether you are wallpapering, applying for a mortgage or deciding whether the pair of jeans that are in the sale are actually the bargain of the year or not!

The department aims to develop confidence, interest and enjoyment in mathematics. We use a variety of up-to-date teaching methods and resources to engage pupils and relate their mathematical knowledge to everyday life around them. The school subscribes to the mathematics website MyMaths which allows pupils to access topic-based worksheets and interactive lessons at home as well as school. These can be used to reinforce their understanding and is an excellent revision tool. They each have a personal login and can track their progress throughout the year.

Key Stage 3  

Students will follow the new Mathematics programmes of study.  The aims of this curriculum are to ensure that all students:   

  • Become fluent in the fundamental of mathematics, through varied and frequent practice of problems with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
  • Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and preserving in seeking solutions.

Key Stage 4

Students follow the 1-9  AQA GCSE scheme of work from Year 9, which is assessed at the end of Year 11. Students will follow the Foundation or Higher scheme of work. To allow pupils the best overall result, they will be able, if necessary, to choose between the Higher and Foundation tiers. Support is provided for GCSE pupils through focused morning groups, Booster nights and thorough monitoring.  To see the AQA GCSE specification, please follow this link. 

AQA GCSE  Maths Revision Checklist - Higher Tier (577kb pdf)

AQA GCSE Maths Revision Checklist - Foundation Tier (655kb pdf)

Y11 Revision Assembly Presentation (637kb pdf) 


Level 2 Further Mathematics

Pupils in our top set GCSE class will be given the opportunity to study for an extra qualification in after-school tuition sessions. This course provides an excellent preparation for A-Level study of Mathematics. It is designed for those students who will to achieve grades A and A* (New Grade 7-9) in GCSE Mathematics. The content covers the areas of algebra and geometry, and also gives an introduction to calculus and matrices and develops further skills in trigonometry, functions and graphs.


Within the Mathematics department, we are keen to promote enjoyment and excitement in Mathematics. Individual and Team challenges are coordinated by the UKMT and Further Maths Support Programme and extend and enrich Gifted and Talented pupils.

The UKMT Individual Maths Challenges are lively, intriguing multiple-choice question papers, which are designed to stimulate interest in maths in large numbers of pupils. The three levels cover the secondary school range 11-16 and together they attract over 600,000 entries from over 4000 schools and colleges.

The UKMT Team Challenges promote mathematical dexterity, team working, and communication skills. They also give pupils the opportunity to compete against pupils from other schools in their region. The team challenges are currently available for Years 8, 9, 10, pupils.

At Ruskin we also host our own Maths Challenge for all years at Christmas and at the end of the year so every students has the Maths Challenge opportunity.


All lessons are taught in a suite of five specialist Mathematics classrooms.

Each classroom has an interactive whiteboard and its own storage for text books and equipment. There is also access to five ICT suites.

Provision in the department

All lessons are one hour long for each Key Stage and all year groups have 4 lessons per week.


  • Mrs J Bell  - Head of Department

  • Miss E Szymura - Deputy Assistant Head and teacher of Mathematics

  • Mrs A Orme – Teacher of Mathematics

  • Mr E Ledwards – Teacher of Mathematics and Year Achievement Manager

  • Mr A Griffin - Teacher of Mathematics

  • Miss C Pownall - Teacher of Mathematics and Year Achievement Manager

  • Miss C Grinell



GCSE Genius Maths Programme

ExamSchool coaches GCSE students to achieve top grades by vigorously instilling in them a winning exam technique.

The GCSE Genius Maths Programme is a two-day course that will take place at the University of London on 21st - 22nd December 2016. We have created a set of Maths ‘SuperNotes’ based entirely on mark schemes from previous exam papers across all boards, meticulously selecting each topic that may come up. We coach students to apply the SuperNotes to a carefully-selected cross-section of past paper questions.

The programme culminates in a bespoke mock exam, which is marked and individual feedback is provided by way of a report card. 

All of ExamSchool's teachers have been specially selected on the basis of both high academic credentials and extensive teaching experience. 

Full details of the programme, including a complete timetable, can be found here.

Please forward this email to your students. The programme is suitable for students sitting Maths GCSE in either AQA, Edexcel, OCR or IGCSE under the new 9-1 standards. Class sizes are extremely limited so we encourage them to book their places (via the website) as soon as possible.

Register For The GCSE Genius Maths Programme