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 Maths Department

Mathematics is a creative and inter-connected discipline that has developed over the course of history.

It is essential to everyday life as well most forms of employment.

At Notre Dame we aim to provide high quality mathematics education that provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.

The best four mathematicians in each year group will be entered for the national UKMT maths challenge and be awarded the status in school of Maths Ambassador so pupils in each year group know who to ask if they have a problem in maths.

Key Stage 3

Students follow the new GCSE Curriculum the programmes of study which covers number, ratio and proportion, algebra, geometry, measures, statistics and probability.

They are expected to make connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving problems.

All students in year 7 are given numeracy lessons until they reach a satisfactory competency and are given a scientific calculator suitable for use up to year 11 and beyond.

Key Stage 4

Students follow the EDEXCEL linear GCSE exam course.

This qualification requires students to:

Continue to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts with number, ratio and proportion,  algebra, geometry, measures, statistics and probability.

  • Use their knowledge and understanding to make connections between mathematical concepts.
  • Apply the functional elements of mathematics in everyday and real-life situations.

The top students in year 10 and 11 are also offered the opportunity to follow the Additional Mathematics advanced level exam course. This provides students with an introduction to mathematics at AS and A level. The course content consists of four areas in Pure Mathematics: algebra, co-ordinate geometry, trigonometry and calculus.


In the Maths department we encourage pupils to reflect on their own progress, they can take more responsibility for their achievements, gaining a greater grasp of their own strengths while identifying areas for improvement. 

The student will:

  • Mark their books in green pen at the end of every lesson.
  • Analyse their tests and write down their areas for improvement
  • Respond to teachers’ written or verbal feedback (in green pen)
  • Peer mark work and give feedback in green pen

The Teacher will:

  • Mark all written homework and chapter tests in red pen
  • Regularly review the pupil books to help the student make progress noting areas to improve the student’s grade in red pen.

How to support your daughter in making progress:

  • Encourage your daughter to review her end of chapter tests. Revise on areas in need of improvement.
  • Encourage the use of the Mymaths, Kerboodle, PIXL and Mathswatch, online websites for further practice.
  • Ensure homework tasks are completed regularly to a high standard.