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KS3 - Lower IV, Upper IV & Lower V (Years 7, 8 & 9)

Mathematics at Key Stage 3 at Saint Felix School follows the National Framework for Mathematics. The department uses a dedicated series of text books, supplemented by investigational and practical work together with other proven resources. Pupils are thus well prepared for their two-year GCSE course beginning in Middle V (Year 10).

In each year group the pupils are set by ability, with setting in Lower IV taking place immediately upon entering the school and based on an assessment together with other available information. The opportunity exists at all times for pupil movement between ability sets, should current academic progress warrant such a move. In this way we ensure that pupils are able to work at an optimum level.

High achievers within each year group are entered for the appropriate UK National Mathematical Challenge with follow-on rounds available leading to the British Junior Mathematical Olympiad or a European-wide Mathematical Competition taken in over 30 countries.


Many students are successful in achieving Gold, Silver and Bronze certificates. In the Senior competition, we have also had invitations to enter students for the British Mathematical Olympiad.



Dedicated, highly qualified and experienced members of staff do everything possible to guide their students successfully though the challenges of GCSE and A/AS level syllabuses.

GCSE Mathematics Specification

For GCSE we teach the OCR GCSE Mathematics Specification B (J567) at both Foundation and Higher levels.

The standard two-tier linear model has a Higher Tier covering grades A*-D and a Foundation Tier covering grades C-G. All students have the opportunity to obtain at least a grade C at GCSE.

All but a few students follow a Higher Tier course in GCSE Mathematics. The few less able mathematicians cover basically the same course but without covering the material necessary for attainment at grades A*, A and B.

Assessment for each tier of entry is by a combination of two examination papers (50% weighting each). In the first paper in each tier, candidates will not be allowed to use a calculator. In the second paper however, there will be questions requiring the effective use of a calculator. There is no coursework element to the assessment. Each Higher Tier Paper is 1 hour and 45 minutes in length and those for the Foundation Tier are 1 hour and 30 minutes in length.


Assessment objectives

Candidates are expected to demonstrate the following in the context of the course content:


AO1 – Recall and use their knowledge of the prescribed content 
AO2 – Select and apply mathematical methods in a range of contexts 
AO3 – Interpret and analyse problems and generate strategies to solve them

Quality of written communication (QWC) is assessed in certain questions on all papers. The syllabus encourages candidates to develop an appreciation of the place and use of Mathematics together with an ability to think and communicate mathematically, i.e. precisely, logically and creatively.

As such, the two-year (Higher) course includes a wide range of topics enabling the student to prepare for possible study at AS level.

For international students who join us on a temporary basis, or perhaps for those with a different background, it is also possible to enter for the IGCSE in Mathematics at an appropriate time before continuing their study to AS/A-level Mathematics.

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