GCSE Mathematics


The GCSE Maths curriculum at Edith Kay School is based on what the students need to know by the end of Key Stage 4 as directed by the National Curriculum. The students study AQA GCSE(9-1) Higher/Foundation tier specification. This is assessed by three examinations: one non-calculator and two calculators. The GCSE mathematics course builds on the areas of mathematics which pupils have already studied in Years 7 and 8. The subject content includes

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Ratio, proportion and rates of change
  • Geometry and measures
  • Probability
  • Statistics

Pupils also continue to develop their skills in using and applying mathematics by completing investigations and Maths challenge questions.

All pupils are exposed to work that extends and enriches the curriculum beyond the normal GCSE, including Further Maths and A Level topics.

Functional Skills Level 1/Level 2  can be studied as an alternative to GCSEs. This is particularly ideal for people who could not achieve a grade 4 at GCSE.


At Edith Kay School, pupils will master concepts at their own level of understanding and pace. Those who grasp concepts quickly will move on to secure and deepen their understanding sooner, whilst students who are not sufficiently fluent yet will consolidate their understanding with additional practice and support.

Each lesson follows our four stages:

  • Emerging – where students practice their understanding of the concept.
  • Developing  – where questions challenge how embedded the concept is, both in familiar and unfamiliar contexts.
  • Securing –  addressing, and identifying misconceptions are key components of these activities. Questions include: True or False? Always, Sometimes, Never. Convince me. What is it? What is it not? Odd One Out.
  • Mastering – where understanding of the concept is applied through problem-solving. 

Gaps in previously taught content may also be addressed for individuals.


The progress that pupils make over time is clear evidence of the impact of teaching and learning.

At Edith Kay School, the Maths Curriculum is measured by a combination of formative assessment:

  • Discussions
  • Questioning
  • Resourced activities
  • Independent tasks

and summative assessment carried out at the end of each topic. 

Who is Edith Kay

Edith and Kay were an ordinary couple who are representative of all those who devote their lives to taking care of vulnerable children, fostering them and welcoming them warmly into their family home. Over many years, Edith and Kay worked to promote resilience in vulnerable young people, and to instil the values of compassion and generosity of spirit. Their deep-seated belief in the power of education and care to transform lives underpins the ethos of our school.
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