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The Team 2019-20

  • Mr Matthew Wright - Assistant Principal for Maths
  • Mr Barnaby Sutherland
  • Mr Paul Gardner
  • Mr Joshua Luo
  • Mrs Jeanette Ingram
  • Mrs Helen Nicholls
  • Mr Palak Shah
  • Mr Mark Fenn
  • Mrs Divya Poddar - KMT

The Mathematics department at Hugh Christie are pleased to offer a number of exciting courses to help the pupils reach their full potential.

Please use the following link to get to My Maths: https://www.mymaths.co.uk/.


Key Stage 3

At KS3 students follow one of 3 different schemes of work (Pi, Theta or Delta) to ensure that all students are stretched and challenged to an appropriate level.

Key Stage 4

Pearson Edexcel GCSE Mathematics

Course Content and Assessment

GCSE Mathematics is a compulsory course at Key Stage 4, however, the Mathematics Department at Hugh Christie is pleased to offer a range of courses to help the students to reach their full potential. These include the possibility of studying GCSE Statistics or Level 2 Further Mathematics. 
Every student receives recognition that reflects his or her ability and work ethic through a nationally accredited GCSE certificate in Mathematics. The linear course is examined at the end of Year 11 with a series of three, 90 minute examination papers. Paper 1 is non-calculator, whilst paper 2 and 3 are both calculator. We currently use Edexcel as our exam board.

Key Stage 5

In 6th form we have opportunities for students not reaching their potential at GCSE to work towards retaking their GCSE maths. We also have a large cohort of students studying Maths at AS and A2 level. In addition, we also have a growing number of students studying the AS and A2 Further Mathematics qualifications. 
There are expectations of the department that the pupil must match. The first is to have the correct equipment with them for every lesson, the second is that their behaviour must be in keeping with the expectations of the school, and the third is that homework must be completed on time and to a good standard.

KS5 - Mathematics

Pearson Edexcel A-Level GCE Mathematics

Mathematics is a gateway to many new opportunities and other subjects and is crucial in our modern society. Employers and universities recognise A-Level Mathematics as a fundamental qualification. People with a mathematics background can achieve salaries far above the average. Mathematics as a challenging but rewarding course that requires excellent independent learning skills and motivation to succeed.

The course develops problem solving and logical thinking and improves ability to process information accurately.

Mathematics A-Level provides pathways to banking and finance, accountancy, economics, commerce, business consultancy, insurance and risk and statistical consultancy. It supports engineering, computing, car design and aerodynamics, medicine and the sciences. It is also useful for the military, architecture, archaeology and broadcasting as well as many other careers and courses.

Course Content

Advanced Subsidiary Assessment Units

The course is divided into two types of units: Compulsory Core Pure Mathematics. The second unit can be on a variety of different topics (such as Further Pure Maths, Further Statistics, Further Mechanics and Decision Maths).

Advanced Level Assessment Units

For the full A Level students continue their studies of the AS content. But the depth and breadth of knowledge gained is much greater

Two examples of important Further pure topics are complex numbers and matrices.

One area of discrete mathematics is graph theory, which includes solving problems such as:

What would be the most efficient route for delivering post around a network of streets? This topic uses algorithms which are vital in computer science.

In addition to two Core Pure Mathematics modules, students will have the option to extend their studies in two of the following areas: Statistics, Mechanics, Decision Maths.


Advanced Subsidiary Assessment Units

Assessment in June: 2 x 1 hour 40 min exams

Advanced Level Assessment Units

Assessment in June (Year 13) 4 x 1 hour 30 min exams


KS5 - Further Mathematics

Pearson Edexcel A-Level GCE Further Mathematics

For progression to many courses at university it is important to have strong mathematics skills. For most science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) degree course A level Mathematics is a requirement and AS or A level Further Mathematics is often a preferred subject. Anyone applying to study a degree in a STEM subject should consider taking Further Mathematics to at least AS level as the additional content helps ensure a successful progression to university. AS Further Mathematics is accessible to most A level Mathematics students. Having A level Further Mathematics on your university application is a way to make it stand out.

“Those students who had studied further mathematics to A- or AS-level standard reported coping better with the mathematical content of the degree, and as such perceived that they required less additional support throughout their studies.” Institute of Physics ‘Mind the Gap’ report 2010 

“In general, [it’s] harder than expected, especially the mathematical aspects. I felt thoroughly unprepared for the mathematics involved coming from only having maths (no further maths) A-level. My peers who did study further maths were much better prepared.” Engineering student

A level Further Mathematics is fun and rewarding. It broadens your mathematical skills and promotes deeper mathematical thinking. You will be introduced to interesting new areas of pure mathematics such as complex numbers and apply mathematics in a wider range of contexts.

Course Content

Advanced Subsidiary Assessment Units

The course is divided into three units: Further Pure 1, Decision 1 and then Decision 2, Statistics 2 or Mechanics 1.

Each of the three units are equally weighted at 1/3 of the final AS level.

Advanced Level Assessment Units

In addition to the units studied at AS Level the A Level course includes 3 further units.

The additional units are: Further Pure 2 and Decision 2, Statistics 2 or Mechanics 2

The core mathematics units involve the continued study of algebra and functions, trigonometry, numerical methods, co-ordinate geometry, mathematical proof; the further exploration into the vast world of calculus; and the introduction of vectors. 

The mechanics unit covers the study of how mathematics is applied to physical systems: vectors and their applications; kinematics, statics, and dynamics of a particle; and moments and forces.


Advanced Subsidiary Assessment Units

Assessment in June: 1 hour 30 minutes examination for each  of the units.

Advanced Level Assessment Units

Assessment in June: 1 hour 30 minutes examination for each of the units.


We look forward to your child’s success in Mathematics.