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City of Peterborough Academy

KS3 & KS4 Mathematics

KS3 Mathematics Curriculum

At the City of Peterborough Academy we believe that the mathematics department plays an essential role in the progress of our pupils and provides valuable life opportunities. Mathematics allows pupils to develop key numeracy, reasoning and problem solving skills, enabling them to succeed in further education or employment. Additionally, mathematics lessons provide a platform to enhance pupils' thinking skills, opportunities to solve problems within a real life context, including using ICT and enable them to work as part of a team to develop a holistic approach to learning.

All pupils take mathematics at KS3 and study the 6 areas of the National curriculum. The department uses a wide range of teaching and learning strategies which are matched to the learning needs of the individual pupil, thus enabling them to become fully engaged in the subject and lifelong learners. There is a strong emphasis on developing fluency in calculations, particularly mental calculations.


Pupils are expected to complete their homework at least once a week; this might include using, learning some information or applying their knowledge to a set of questions. Support is freely available and any pupil can attend the mathematics clinic on Friday lunchtime from 1pm in B16.


The most able pupils in years 7, 8 and 9 compete in the National competitions each year. The best pupils are awarded Bronze, Silver and Gold certificates.

KS4 Mathematics

At key stage four all students follow the AQA specification. They study the following topics; Number,

Algebra, Ratio, proportion and rates of change, Geometry and measures Probability, Statistics.

GCSE Mathematics has a Foundation tier (grades 1 – 5) and a Higher tier (grades 4 – 9). Pupils must take three question papers at the same tier. All question papers must be taken in the same series.

Maths staff

Head of Maths / Director of Achievement Mrs M Budner
Second in Maths Miss S Fuller
Teacher of Maths, Teacher of Health & Social Care Ms T Akgunduz
Teacher of Maths Mr C Gomba
Teacher of Maths Mr P Broadbent
Teacher of Maths Mrs C Ward
Teacher of Maths Mrs E Gould
Teacher of Maths & PE Miss C Cook