Crispin School


The Crispin Maths department has an historic profile of strong exam results. The progress made at all levels of ability is significantly above the national average. 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.

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mathematics curriculumjourney.pdf


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 two 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 2019, the department helped 76% of our students to achieve Levels 9-4 at GCSE, where the national average is 60% (Data supplied by Joint Council for Qualifications for England).

Levels 9 - 4: 75.8% (NA: 59.6%)
Levels 9 - 5: 54.3% (NA: 39.7%)

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

Year 8

Algebra - expressions, formulae, equations, sequences and graphs


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

Year 9

Unit 1: Data - Probability and Statistics (approximately 15%)


Core: Number - 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

We also have a classroom code of conduct that we expect all students to respect.

Maths Anxiety: How can parents help their child?

Sparx Maths

Sparx has replaced Hegarty Maths as our main resource for additional learning this year. Please find all the relevant information and tips for parents in the following links.

Sparx Maths: Tips for Parents Resources Summer 2021/Parent video_v2.mp4


Online Resources

Cambridge Maths


Last Updated: October 2022

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