The Mathematics Department at Park Vale Academy is an enthusiastic and committed team consisting of eight teachers and an Academic Mentor. All classrooms are fitted with interactive whiteboards and the department boasts its own ICT suite of 28 computers.

The department aims to develop confidence, interest and enjoyment of Mathematics whilst ensuring that the academic rigour of the subject is not compromised. We are committed to enabling our students to be familiar with the knowledge, principles and vocabulary related to Mathematics and to see that these are central to understanding the world in which we live. Two key aspects of Mathematics are problem solving and logical reasoning, which we strive to promote as transferable skills that can benefit us all.


Key Stage 3

All students in years 7, 8 and 9 study Mathematics at KS3. The Schemes of Learning cover 'Number', 'Algebra', 'Handling Data, 'Shape, Space and Measures' and 'Using and Applying Mathematics' and there are many learning objectives within these strands. Year 7 study a 'Mathematics Mastery' curriculum which is designed to give more time to develop their depth of understanding of key concepts. Years 8 and 9 will start at a particular point in the Scheme of Learning that best supports their progress. Students are placed in teaching groups appropriate to their ability. Formal assessment takes place regularly and progress is monitored to ensure that students are challenged and supported in response to their performance. Gifted and Talented students get the opportunity to take part in the Junior Maths Challenge at KS3.

Key Stage 4

The KS4 Scheme of Learning builds on the same strands studied at KS3 with a view to entering students at either Higher or Foundation level. All students in year 11 study GCSE Mathematics (Edexcel Mathematics A). Higher level covers grades A* to D and Foundation covers grades C to G. Year 10 study the new specification GCSE Mathematics under the new grading system of 1 to 9. This is set up in a similar way with Foundation (Grades 1-5) and Higher (Grades 4-9) levels. Students are set challenging targets based on their previous and current attainment. Regular assessment and monitoring continue throughout KS4 to ensure that all students are entered at the level that will best enable them to achieve their potential. The Academic Mentor is committed to supporting all students with their learning needs and has a particular focus on Key Stage 4.