The Barlby High School Mathematics Department aims to help all students acquire the knowledge and skills they will need to be successful in the workplace.

Mathematics is taught by a team of well qualified and experienced professionals in a suite of four adjacent classrooms. There is an interactive whiteboard in each room with access to a range of software to further the learning experience of our students.

Throughout Key Stage 3 and 4 a variety of teaching and learning methods are used to challenge and motivate students. The department has a dedicated HLTA (Higher Level Teaching Assistant) which allows intervention to take place both in the classroom and in small groups withdrawn from the main class.

Formal departmental assessment takes place up to 6 times per year to help allocate students to the appropriate set, to inform students and staff of progress made and highlight areas for further intervention.

The school subscribes to This website has a range of resources that help to bring Maths to life. There is a school login and password and each student is allocated their own login and password to access activities and record homework tasks. The website can be accessed from home, via the internet, free of charge.

Homework is usually set every week, either as a written task or mymaths activity, and the department offers help outside of lessons for all students.

Our top set students are entered for the United Kingdom Mathematical Challenge at Junior (Years 7 and 8) and Intermediate (Years 9, 10 and 11) level with many rewarded with Bronze, Silver or Gold certificates.

Key Stage 3

Our Key Stage 3 Programme of Study is followed in years 7 and 8. The work is taught in units which ultimately address the following areas of the Mathematics National Curriculum.

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Shape and space
  • Geometry
  • Proportional reasoning
  • Data handling

Key Stage 4

Year 9 students begin their Key Stage 4 Mathematics course, building on the skills developed at KS3.

Years 10 and 11 continue with their GCSE Mathematics course, building on the same key units.

The ‘new’ Mathematics GCSE course

In the summer of 2017 our current Year 11 pupils will be the first to sit the ‘new’ Edexcel Mathematics GCSE examination.

There are a number of changes to be aware of:

  • There are still two tiers of entry, Higher and Foundation, but students will now be graded using a number instead of a letter. Higher Tier students are graded form 9 to 4 (9 being the highest grade) and Foundation students are graded form 5 to 1 (1 being the lowest grade).
  • The syllabus has been expanded to include topics that are ‘new’ at GCSE level. The topics are not all at the high end of the difficulty scale but they do add to the amount of work to cover in the time allocated. Some traditionally ‘higher’ tier topics are now also included in the Foundation scheme of work, making the Foundation course more challenging to attain the highest possible grades.
  • Students are assessed by three examination papers which are sat on three different days.
    • Paper 1 (non-calculator) 1 hour 30 minutes
    • Paper 2 (calculator allowed) 1 hour 30 minutes
    • Paper 3 (calculator allowed) 1 hour 30 minutes

Those students who have difficulty accessing the GCSE course follow the AQA Entry Level Certificate in Mathematics.


Mathematics is a key subject for everyone and provides skills that are beneficial on a daily basis as well as in the world of work. We encourage all our students to maximise their potential in this subject so they can leave us as confident and competent mathematicians. For those who go on to study Maths at A Level and degree level include actuary, operational researcher, statistician, teacher and research mathematical scientist.