Blue Coat School > Mathematics

Curriculum Intent

The intent of our Mathematics curriculum is to enable all of our students to experience a full, broad and ambitious set of learning opportunities linked to the whole school CHRIST values, the national curriculum and the needs of employers. Our inclusive curriculum is intended to build a sound skill base, a good understanding of Mathematical concepts and enable all learners to apply their skills and knowledge in a variety of contexts such as problem solving. Our subject allows all students to develop socially through collaborative tasks, yet also develop the confidence to work individually and solve problems. Our intention is that all learners, whatever their prior attainment will experience a challenging curriculum that builds them in scaffolded stages towards becoming confident, competent Mathematicians. Excellence in Mathematics would mean that each student leaves Blue Coat School with a sound grasp of the mathematical skills, knowledge and understanding to enable them to use mathematics in the real world.

In KS3 we consolidate and build on what was taught at KS1 and 2. The KS3 curriculum is a strong, sequenced Scheme of work which builds the foundations for the demands of the GCSE course.

In KS4 we have two pathways, foundation tier and higher tier. The foundation tier builds on knowledge at KS3 and through carefully scaffolded lessons, enables all pupils to develop a good skills base and confidence with problem solving so that they can manage the numeracy demands of post 16 study and the world of work. The higher tier course build foundations for study of Mathematics at KS5 and beyond.

KS5 is a strong foundation for life outside school and allows pupils to progress on to University Degrees.

Teaching and Learning

In mathematics we believe in delivering an ambitious yet highly inclusive curriculum to all. Our vision for Teaching & Learning is to ensure all students access the “full” curriculum and learn the breadth of content. 

Our staff have high expectations of all pupils and focus on embedding our 3Rs:  

  • Ready
  • Respectful
  • Responsible

All lessons focus on embedding the whole school Blue Coat approach:

  • Explaining and Modelling
  • Do & Practice
  • 4forAll Toolkit leading to inclusive practice:
    • Key words/Reading
    • Use of time
    • Chunk and check
    • Questioning
  • Appropriate verbal, written and visual feedback

Reading is an essential strategy within lessons. You will see staff applying the three reading strategies of:

How can parents help?


  • KS4 GCSE Mathematics AQA foundation and higher tier
  • KS4 AQA Entry level certificate for some Year 11 students
  • KS5 OCR Core Mathematics for some students
  • KS5 Edexcel A level Mathematics
  • KS5 Edexcel A level Further Mathematics

Enrichment & Experiences

Recent/Upcoming trips include 

  • UKMT Maths challenge for gifted and talented students in KS3, 4 and 5
  • UKMT team Maths challenge


2022 Results

  • GCSE – 79% Grades 9-4
  • A-Level Mathematics– 56% A*-B
  • A-Level Further Mathematics-57% A*-B


Subject studied at A levelSubject studied at A levelCourse placedUniversity
MathematicsFurther MathematicsMechanical EngineeringManchester
MathematicsFurther MathematicsMathematicsSt Andrews
MathematicsFurther MathematicsComputer ScienceExeter
Mathematics –LawOxford
Mathematics –Electronic and Electrical EngineeringLoughborough
Mathematics –ArchitectureUCL
Mathematics –EconomicsPlymouth
Mathematics –MedicineU of Birmingham
Mathematics –Chemical EngineeringSwansea
Mathematics –MidwiferyUniversity of London