Key Stage 3

The overall aim for students in key stage 3 is to be:

  • confident in numerical calculations mentally, with pencil and paper and using a calculator
  • understand, appreciate and are competent in the use of algebra as a powerful, elegant and unambiguous means of expressing mathematical relationships
  • have sound practical skills of measurement and estimation in relation to real life situations
  • aware of the use of statistics as a means of communicating the main features of a data set
  • understand and are able to apply the inter-relationship of mathematical ideas and the ways in which all mathematics is inter-linked.
  • inspired to gain an appreciation of the importance and relevance of Mathematics.

Key Stage 4

Why study Maths?

Some of the World’s most proud achievements have happened because of mathematics. Planes flying through the air, research in to medicines, engineering projects, bridges, towers; all of these vital aspects of life rely on the use and study of numbers. Mathematics is vital for everyday life.


Outcomes in GCSE Mathematics are outstanding at Heckmondwike Grammar School.  In 2017, 86% of all pupils achieved grades 7-9, with over 20% achieving the highest accolade of a 9.  These are considerably higher than the national average.

The students are set from year 9 upwards, but the students are regularly assessed so that, as teachers, we ensure that the students are in the correct set.  This allows the mathematics department to meet the needs of the students by having a bespoke programme of study.  All students study GCSE Mathematics, but some will also study FMSQ Additional Mathematics, which is at a standard between GCSE and A Level, or the Level 2 Further Mathematics qualification, which is again above the standard of GCSE.

Both of these additional subjects allow the students to make a better transition towards A Level, and allow for the correct level of challenge in the classroom.

What will it be like?

At Key Stage 4 we build on our Key Stage 3 knowledge and prepare for the formal GCSE exams.  The knowledge and skills already developed will be used to solve problems and, in the process of investigating these problems, new mathematics will be developed and learned. Students will study elements of Algebra, Number, Ratio and Proportion, Statistics and Geometry.


GCSE Mathematics consists of 3 exam papers of 90 minutes each, and are taken with AQA.  The first paper will be non-calculator, and all papers are marked out of 80.

Key Stage 5

In Key Stage 5 mathematics you build upon the understanding gained at GCSE and then to apply this knowledge to specific examples at an advance level. You will gain an understanding of how to think logically, to ask questions, and to do so through problem solving, which is not only a key attribute of the syllabus, but also for life. Mathematics at A Level will enable you to communicate complicated concepts. These are more general skills that will be useful, no matter what you want to do in the future.

Key Stage 5 Course Information – Maths and Further Maths