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Bishop Douglass Catholic School

Bishop Douglass Catholic School

In Pursuit Of Excellence


The Maths Department

Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that is essential to everyday life.

Through excellent teaching we provide students with a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the power of Maths and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.

As a department we work tirelessly to ensure that we achieve the best possible outcomes for our students through up to date pedagogy and meaningful and targeted intervention throughout every key stage. 

Maths through the Key Stages

Maths is a hierarchical subject and as a result we have a progressive approach to learning, planning the curriculum to consolidate and build upon students’ knowledge and understanding.

Key Stage 3 

We provide a varied and creative programme of study for students in Key Stage 3  where pupils are able to make rich connections between geometry, number, statistics, ratio and proportion and probability topics. Regular assessment and subsequent evaluations ensures that students are working at a level that best challenges them. This allows students to develop the depth of their mathematical understanding in preparation for their Maths GCSE course which begins in Year 9.

Key Stage 4 

We provide a rigorous course for students in Key Stage 4 to ensure the best possible results. We follow the Edexcel Linear Course for GCSE Mathematics. Pupils will be entered early for their GCSE in Year 10 in order to ensure that thet achieve to the best of their ability. Students who achieve an A or A* in their Maths GCSE in Year 10 follow the Bridging the Gap course  to prepare them for AS Level Mathematics in Year 12.

Key Stage 5 

We are a popular A Level subject choice with students leaving us and going on to study subjects such as Maths, Engineering, Economics and Accounting at university. The Key Stage 5 curriculum is balanced and engaging. 

We follow Edexcel Modular AS/A2 Level courses. In Year 12 pupils study core modules plus Statistics 1. In Year 13 pupils study core modules plus Mechanics 1. We also offer AS/A2 Further Mathematics for students who achieved an A* at GCSE. We have excellent pass rates for A*-C at A Level. 
We also offer GCSE resit or first entry opportunity to Key Stage 5 students – tailoring provision to their needs.


The wider student experience is central to our departmental ethos. We have embedded enrichment activities throughout the curriculum as well as numeracy activities during form time in order for students to move fluently between representations of mathematical ideas developing their mathematical reasoning in solving problems. This will prepare pupils for the new, more academically rigorous, Maths GCSE.
In addition we train highly able students for entry into the UK Maths Challenge. This further stimulates students’ interest in the subject, as well as providing them with a prestigious and well recognised award.