Patchway Community College Hempton Lane
Almondsbury Bristol BS32 4AJ
Telephone: 01454 862 020



The Mathematics Department

The Mathematics Department contains 6 full-time and 1 part time teacher. There is a strong enthusiasm and level of commitment to ensure that all students who study mathematics reach their maximum potential. A variety of teaching styles is used and we value and teach important skills such as co-operative learning and working with independence and confidence. There is a huge emphasis on success and supporting students at every level; and results in this curriculum area have continued to improve and exceed many challenging targets.

We strongly believe that students are best motivated through success. We’ve got a team of mathematics specialists who can offer support and guidance whilst also extending and challenging other students. Our differentiated assessments allow us to give all students a feeling of value, achievement and progress.

The Mathematics Department enters able students in each year group for The Maths Challenge, a national mathematics competition as well as regularly taking students to events organised by the Further Maths Support Programme such as team maths challenges and enrichment events.

Please see below for  information on each Key Stage:

Key Stage 3

The Key Stage 3 curriculum has seen some significant changes in recent years. We now view this as a ‘preparing students for GCSE’ stage and only runs in years 7 and 8 and is a mastery based approach. The Maths Department at Patchway have compiled a curriculum called PLUS. The Mathematics curriculum is split into six areas: Number and the number system, Ratio and Proportion, Algebra, Geometry and measures, Statistics and Probability. Rigorous assessment and homework tasks are put in place to ensure that all students to check students are making progress in line with national expectations.

Key Stage 4

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At Key Stage 4 we use the AQA GCSE exam board following the most recent changes to the specification for teaching from September 2015. We follow a linear course where students take their final exams at the end of year 11, this being three examination papers, 2 calculator and 1 non-calculator paper, each being 1 hour 30 minutes in duration. The course is started in year 9 giving the students more time to develop a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts and be able to practice applying these skills to problems in context. The Mathematics Department have developed a rigorous homework policy called Independent Learning Tasks (ILT’s), these are given to each student after each unit of work is completed followed by regular short assessments. There are two tiers of entry (higher and foundation). The foundation tier entry enables students to achieve grades 1 – 5 and the higher tier will allow students to achieve grades 4 – 9.

Key Stage 5

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In Year 12 students can study AS mathematics which they may continue to A2 (Advanced) Level in Year 13. Advanced Level mathematics comprises of 6 modules, 4 core and 2 applied. We currently use the Edexcel examination board for the examinations. Students can also study for the Certificate in Financial Studies which is a recognised entry-level qualification for a career in financial services.