In the mathematics department at Brockington College, we believe that is it important for students to learn about and understand mathematical concepts and are not just taught rote procedures.

Our Key Stage 3 (years 7-9) curriculum focuses on the most important concepts in: number and algebra, geometry and measure, and data handling and probability. We use evidence based practices to ensure that students can make sense of these concepts and how these link together to create a bigger picture. As part of this, we use manipulatives and visual aids where appropriate to support all students in understanding mathematical ideas, and challenging questions to prompt deeper thought about these ideas rather than simply accelerating through to new content. There is also a clear and intentional focus on the use of precise mathematical terminology to ensure that all students can confidently articulate their understanding of mathematical concepts. In years 7 and 8, students are taught in mixed attainment classes – in year 7 this is in form groups to aid transition from primary school. In year 9, students are put into set groups according to their attainment in year 7 and 8, and whilst all study the same material, this allows teaching staff to tailor this to ensure all students are well prepared to start their GCSE.

At Key Stage 4 (years 10-11) we have three pathways based on how well students have made sense of ideas at Key Stage 3. Our foundation pathway ensures those that need it have the chance to revisit and secure key ideas within the subject. Our higher pathway is designed to provide appropriate stretch for those pupils who show they are capable of achieving grades 5, 6 and 7 at GCSE whilst still leaving room for mastery of key foundational ideas. Our higher+ pathway aims to extend mathematical learning well beyond that of Key Stage 3 to support those who are targeted at grade 7, 8 and 9 and are likely to study A – Level mathematics. All of our pathways include specially designed ‘problem solving’ units which serve as a chance to revisit key content and develop students’ ability to apply their mathematics to a variety of contexts. At the end of the two years, all students will sit a GCSE mathematics qualification at either foundation or higher tier with the AQA exam board. The highest attaining studens may also be offered the chance to study the level 2 further mathematics qualification as an extra-curricular programme.

Programmes of study

Key Stage 3

Year 7Year 8Year 9
Positive integer arithmeticFractions and decimalsPercentages
MeasuresAngle calculationsProbability
Properties of integersAlgebraic expressionsSequences
Shape propertiesShape calculationsAnalysing data
Place value and decimalsFactors and algebraInequalities
Negative arithmeticProportional reasoningCircle measure
FractionsEquationsAlgebra and straight line graphs
Data representation Formulae and graphsTransformations
Scale and similarity

Key Stage 4

MeasuresUnderstanding proportionRounding, estimation and the limits of accuracy
Number and operationPolygonsUnderstanding Proportion
Expressions and formulaeExpressions and formulaeTransformations and vectors
Understanding proportionUnderstanding productsExpressions and formulae
Single event probability Raw numerical dataPercentages
Categorical data Units, scales and proportionsLinear graphs
Units, scales and proportionRounding, estimation and the limits of accuracyUnderstanding products
Accurate and inaccurate diagramsSequencesRight angled Pythagoras and trigonometry
Financial calculationPercentagesNumerical data
Equations, inequalities and identitiesLinear graphsSequences
Place value, rounding and estimationTransformations and vectorsMensuration
SequencesProbabilityRational and irrational numbers
PercentagesPolyhedraEquations, inequalities and identities
TrianglesEquations, inequalities and identitiesNon-linear graphs
Linear graphsAccurate and inaccurate diagramsNumber problems
Transformations and vectors Algebraic proportionProbability
Understanding productsNumber problemsAlgebraic proportion
Sampling and data collectionIterative methodsIterative methods
Non-linear graphsCurved shapesAccurate and inaccurate diagrams
PolygonsSampling and data collectionProportion and graphs
Probability of two or more eventsForming equationsTrigonometry in non-right angled triangles
Forming equationsPythagoras and trigonometryAlgebraic problems
PolyhedraRational and irrational numbersGraphical problem solving
Number problemsNon linear graphsIterative processes
Graphical problem solvingGrouped numerical dataCoordinate geometry
Numerical dataGraphical problem solving
Curved shapesIterative processes
Estimates and the limits of accuracy

Staff list

  • Mr A Price (Director of Learning for Maths and Numeracy)
  • Mr S Elkins (2ic)
  • Mr P Bup
  • Mr M Downer
  • Mr M Gardner
  • Mr M Higham
  • Mrs A Knapp
  • Mr P Mattock
  • Mr S M’Nasri
  • Mrs H Pirmahomed
  • Mrs J Snape
  • Ms K Lay (Small Group Intervention)
  • Mrs A Whetton (HTLA)


Useful links

In mathematics, we use two main websites to help facilitate learning online. These are Corbett Maths and  All students have access to both of these websites, if you need help accessing them, please contact a member of the mathematics team.