The Mathematics department at Edgbarrow is a strong and successful team. There are currently thirteen Mathematics teachers in the department and we have a history of nurturing consistently high results from our students both in terms of raw attainment and also a progression from Key Stage 2.

The department is well resourced with eight classrooms (six in the main block and two in the Sixth Form Centre) all of which have a desktop machine and an interactive whiteboard. The department has compiled an extensive bank of stored resources for use on the interactive whiteboard with all year groups, to which all staff contribute. There is also a central staff area that is used for storing equipment and teaching materials. We have access to the school computer labs for investigative/research work and also the use of a full class set of laptops with full WiFi capability. Staff continuously share good practice and often plan together to maintain consistent delivery between classes.

We regularly host School Direct/PGCE teacher training students from Reading University in a proven, mutually beneficial arrangement. They bring fresh ideas and new research into the classroom in return for our guidance and feedback on their teaching.
We have well-established relationships with primary schools in our catchment and offer guidance to Year 6 pupils who are about to make the transition to Secondary school.

Key Staff

Mrs Holloway - Head of Department
Miss Knowles -  2nd in Department
Mr Meyer - 3rd in Department
Mr Singleton - 3rd in Department
Mrs Cluzel
Mrs Fulton
Mrs Gascoigne
Mrs Gilbert
Mr Marshall
Mrs Meyer
Miss Sandhu
Miss Sawyer
Mr Simpson


Results achieved by pupils in Mathematics are outstanding as recognised by Ofsted. 

Key Stage 3
GCSE Maths
A Level Maths
Further Maths

 98% band 2+

 9 - 1   100%

 Pass   100%

 Pass 100%

 91% band 3+

 9 - 4   90.8%

 A*- C  100%

 A*- C  100%

 88% band 4+

 9 - 5     78.7%

 A*- B  86.7%

 A*- B  75%

 66% band 5+

 9 - 7     31.8%

 A*/A   73.3%

 A*/A   50%

 48% band 6+


 A*     18.9%

A*     22.2%


 25% band 7+


7% band 8+

2% band 9

Maths Equipment Price List - Sept 2021

Curriculum Intent

Our aim is to develop the mathematical knowledge of students and increase their confidence to use their numerical skills across the curriculum and out in the real world.  We aim to create resilient students who persevere and experience the excitement of solving problems.

Key Stage 3

Pupils are set by ability on arrival at Edgbarrow. Years 7 and 8 are taught in two parallel half year groups. From Year 9 onwards the whole year group is taught at the same time and there is a vertical setting arrangement. A digital textbook accessed via the Kerboodle platform (OUP) is used by all classes in Years 7, 8 and 9.  Pupils have end of year assessments which are used to guide our setting for the following year.

KS3 Banding 

Students will follow national guidelines throughout Key Stage 3 to support and prepare them for their Key Stage 4 courses. The school operates a banding system of 1-9 (9 being the highest band). Students will be given a target based upon their Key Stage 2 scores and baseline assessments on arrival at Edgbarrow.  The band they are awarded at the end of the Key Stage is intended to be indicative of the grade they may achieve at GCSE. Banding

Year 7 Curriculum Assessment Plan

Year 8 Curriculum Assessment Plan


Year 9 Curriculum Assessment Plan

Key Stage 4


The vertical setting arrangement continues throughout Key Stage 4. The current GCSE course leads to entry for AQA linear syllabus 8300.  A digital textbook accessed via the Kerboodle platform (OUP) is used by all classes in Years 10 and 11.

AQA GCSE specification

Year 10 Curriculum Assessment Plan

Year 11 Curriculum Assessment Plan


Key Stage 5

A Level

Mathematics is one of the most popular choices for A Level at Edgbarrow and there are usually four or five Mathematics A-Level classes of 15 to 22 students in each year group. There is a Further Mathematics group in each year. 

This is a 2-year linear specification with all exams being sat in the Summer of Year 13.  The course will cover topics in pure maths, statistics, and mechanics.  Students will have access to online resources including integral and digital textbook via Kerboodle platform. Students are asked to contribute financially to these online resources.

Edexcel A-Level Specification

Year 12 Curriculum Assessment Plan

Year 13 Curriculum Assessment Plan


Further Mathematics

Year 12
Students will be doing AS exams in this subject with Edexcel in Summer of Year 12.

Further Maths Year 12 Curriculum Plan

AS Level Further Maths Specification

Year 13
Students will be doing A-Level exams in this subject with Edexcel in Summer of Year 13.

Further Maths Year 13 Curriculum Assessment Plan

A-Level Further Maths Specification


Top sets for all year groups (7 to 13) are entered into the UKMT maths challenge which happens once a year. The highest achievers in this then go onto the second round of the competition. We also take Years 8 to 13 on Team Maths Challenges.

For further information regarding our Mathematics Curriculum please contact:
Mrs Holloway