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Curriculum Intent and Implementation

Our intention in Mathematics is to nurture all our students so that they become proficient in analysing, decision-making, modelling, calculating, communicating, interpreting, proving, symbolising, pattern seeking and hypothesising. We endeavour to provide opportunities for them to question, experiment, and discover, so that they can develop a real appreciation of the subject at their own level. We support all learners in developing the perseverance, imagination, and self-management to meet the challenges of adult-life, positively.

In Mathematics, we take a variety of approaches when implementing the curriculum, including teacher exposition; classroom discussion; practising of skills; practical work; problem-solving; investigational work; independent work; and co-operative activity.

Review our Mathematics Curriculum Map for a detailed overview of the core knowledge and skills covered in Mathematics.

Key Stage 3

In KS3, students aim to improve core skills in recalling knowledge, applying mathematical methods and interpreting and analysing problems. Throughout the three years, there is a particular emphasis on students using their mathematical skills in real-life situations. This allows them to see the relevance of Mathematics to everyday life.

Students are assessed termly to monitor progress throughout the year. During the summer terms, students are formally tested to inform of overall levels.

We recognise that confidence in Mathematics underpins success in many areas of the school's curriculum. Students requiring additional assistance with Numeracy or Mathematics are promptly identified and offered individualised programmes of support, to ensure they have the skills they need to access the school curriculum within and beyond Maths.

Key Stage 4

We follow AQA Syllabus for Mathematics at GCSE.

The scheme of assessment consists of two tiers, with a range of grades available in each:

  • Foundation: (Lowest) 1 2 3 4 5
  • Higher: 4 5 6 7 8 9 (Highest)

There is no longer a coursework or Centre Assessed element in GCSE Mathematics: the assessment consists of examinations at the end of the course.

During the course, you will be given the opportunity to use the school's computer software. For all lessons in Mathematics, students are encouraged to have their own scientific calculator, which they will need to be familiar with in the examinations.

Candidates must enter at one tier only and at KGGS we aim to ensure all students, wherever possible, are entered at the Higher Tier. The Higher Tier course is very full; and contains all the Foundation Tier content and a significant number of additional topics. Success at the higher grades in GCSE Mathematics requires a high level of commitment to the subject.

For more information about the KS4 Mathematics Course, please see the KGGS KS4 Options Booklet

Key Stage 5


We follow the Edexcel Syllabus for Mathematics at Advanced Level.
Studying Mathematics at A Level builds on work you will have met at GCSE, but also involves new ideas that some of the greatest minds of the millennium have produced. You will also use mathematical skills and knowledge to solve problems and come to understand and demonstrate what is meant by "proof" in Mathematics.

When studying Pure Mathematics at A Level, you will be extending your knowledge of such topics as algebra and trigonometry, as well as learning some brand new ideas such as calculus. If you enjoyed the challenge of problem solving at GCSE using such mathematical techniques, then they should find the prospect of this course very appealing.

Further Mathematics

Further Mathematics is an A level qualification which both broadens and deepens the mathematics covered in A level Mathematics.
The A Level Further Mathematics Course is studied alongside A Level Mathematics.
For information on Mathematics and all A Level courses beginning in September - please see the  Sixth Form Admissions page.