The maths department is a flagship department both within Perryfields and across the West Midlands where we have been used to support progress in a number of other secondary and primary schools. Our results at KS4 continue to be well above the national average, particularly for similar schools with many pupils achieving an A or A* , and we offer a very popular A level maths course. Our aim is for all pupils regardless of ability, to truly enjoy mathematics and lose any fear of the subject. We are aspirational in the targets we set pupils reflecting our drive to ensure that all pupils reach their potential in the subject.

Staffing and Responsibilities

  • D Brown – Head of Mathematics
  • M Fentem – Teacher of Mathematics
  • M Ding – Teacher of Mathematics
  • H Frost – Literacy Representative
  • K Fradley – Teacher of Mathematics
  • E Gault – Teacher of Mathematics
  • J Burling – Teacher of Mathematics
  • F Khan – Teacher of Mathematics

Pupils are taught in Maths Sets in yrs 7, 8 and 9. These sets are initially determined by information from primary schools including SAT score, teacher assessment level and teacher recommendations. These sets are reviewed regularly and adjustments made. The pupils are given aspirational targets and lessons are planned and delivered to enhance understanding and enjoyment of the subject as we pupils and staff strive together to meet these targets.

Year 7

Module Contents
Algebra 1 Sequences
Number 1 Place Value inc decimals and directed number
Shape and space1 Length, perimeter, area, volume. Accurate measurement.

All pupils follow the ED EXCEL Gcse course during years 10 and 11, with a small number following AQA entry level maths parallel with their GCSE. They will follow either the higher program, which awards grades from A* to C, or the foundation program, which awards grades C to G; this means all pupils have the opportunity to work towards a grade of C or above. Most xams are done at the end of year 11 so that pupils have the maximum time possible to learn and understand the topics on the maths exam syllabus before taking them; there is some early entry for pupils who are borderline foundation/higher.

Year 10

Pupils follow on from the introductory statistics units done at the end of year with 9, with a member of the mathematics department who will be their teacher throughout the keystage. They are given an aspirational target grade based on performance at KS2 and particularly KS3. Assessments take place at regular intervals using GCSE questions.

Pupils taking A level maths follow the AQA a level course. We require at least a grade B at GCSE mathematics to be allowed onto the course but would prefer A or A*. The course contains 4 compulsory pure mathematics modules, Core 1,2,3 and 4, and 3 applied mathematics pupils, decision maths, statistics and mechanics, of which the pupils take 2.

In year 12 pupils take Core 1 and Core 2 and decision maths.

In year 13 pupils take Core 3 and 4 and one of statistics or mechanics; this choice depends on their other subject options with pupils taking physics particularly encouraged to take mechanics. Exams take place in June.

Pupils are expected to put in a significant amount of time outside of lessons reflecting the increase in difficulty of the course and the fact that they hace study periods on their timetable; this extra time is essential to make a success of the course. There is also a drop in support and revision service each thursday after school run by several members of the team.

We are establishing a team of teachers for Year 12 and a seperate team for Year 13 in order to grow and focus the subject expertise staff need to teach at this level.

Core 1

Quadratics including graphs and the Discriminant, Polynomials, Co-ordinate geometry, Surds, Introduction to calculus; differentiation and integration.

Core 2

Transformation of functions, Sequences and Series, Trigonometry, Indices and logarithms, Further differentiation and integration.

Core 3

Functions, Differentiation – product and quotient rules, Further trigonometry, Natural logs and exponentials, Methods of Integration, Numerical methods.

Core 4

Further algebra, Binomial series, Trigonometry and compound angles, Exponential Models, Further Calculus, Vectors.


Averages and spread, Correlation and Regression, Probability, Binomial Distribution, Normal Distribution, Sample Normal Distribution.