The Crispin Maths department is currently rated as being in the top 10% nationally for student progress. The department has particular strength in supporting and challenging Gifted and Talented students as well as providing programmes of study which allow all students to be independent and confident learners.

The department is taught by a team of dedicated, qualified specialist teachers in well-resourced rooms. This year, we have incorporated the use of ICT and personal study for all students to access at home in a move towards a digital learning environment.

Transition work with local primary schools is a strong focus within the department. Enhanced primary and secondary liaison enables us to bridge the gap between primary and secondary mathematics.

Classes in Mathematics are set from Year 7 to Year 11. Across all key stages, students' progress is assessed regularly and set movements are made when appropriate. Intervention programmes are run by the Mathematics teaching staff to support rapid progress targeted at vulnerable students.

Key Stage 3

Students in Years 7 and 8 follow a two year condensed programme following the new National Curriculum. Year groups are split and set according to external and internal assessments. We see Key Stage 3 as part of a five year plan to prepare students for their final examinations. Also, we partake in the National UK Maths Challenge where this year we have celebrated a high number of Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards with three students reaching the second stage in the competition. Students commence the GCSE programme of study at the start of Year 9.

Key Stage 4

The department has a high level of success in external examinations and is well thought of by both students and parents. In 2016, the department helped 79% of our students to achieve A*-C grades, with 27% of students achieving A*/A grades. Students have access to a wide range of exam resources and extracurricular revision to enable them to meet the demands of the new GCSE expectations where students will sit three 90-minute exam papers. The curriculum is taught in Units of Work and assessed at regular intervals to inform teachers and students of their ongoing progress.

Topics Covered this Academic Year

Year 7

Number - fractions, decimals and percentages, ratio and proportion, four rules, and types of number


Data - probability, averages, and representing and interpreting data

Year 8

Algebra - expressions, formulae, equations, sequences, and graphs


Geometry - angles, transformations, units and measure, area, perimeter, and volume

Year 9

Unit 1: Probability and Statistics (approximately 15%)


Core; Fractions/Decimals/Percentages, and Ratio and Proportion (approximately 20%)

Year 10 Unit 2: Number and Algebra (approximately 45%)
Year 11 Unit 3: Geometry and Measures (approximately 20%)
Revision: Exam Practice of Specimen test papers

Supporting Your Child - Equipment

The following equipment is required for all maths lessons and internal/external exams:

  • Scientific calculator
  • Black pen
  • Pencil
  • Rubber
  • Ruler
  • 360° protractor
  • Pair of compasses
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Highlighter pen

Online Resources

Hegarty Maths

Cambridge Maths


Last Updated: July 2017