The Mathematics Department at Top Valley Academy is an
enthusiastic and committed team consisting of eight teachers and an
Academic Mentor. All classrooms are fitted with interactive
whiteboards and the department boasts its own ICT suite of 28
The department aims to develop confidence, interest and
enjoyment of Mathematics whilst ensuring that the academic rigour
of the subject is not compromised. We are committed to enabling our
students to be familiar with the knowledge, principles and
vocabulary related to Mathematics and to see that these are central
to understanding the world in which we live. Two key aspects of
Mathematics are problem solving and logical reasoning, which we
strive to promote as transferable skills that can benefit us
Key Stage 3
All students in years 7, 8 and 9 study Mathematics at KS3.
The Schemes of Learning cover 'Number', 'Algebra', 'Handling Data,
'Shape, Space and Measures' and 'Using and Applying Mathematics'
and there are many learning objectives within these strands. Year 7
study a 'Mathematics Mastery' curriculum which is designed to give
more time to develop their depth of understanding of key concepts.
Years 8 and 9 will start at a particular point in the Scheme of
Learning that best supports their progress. Students are placed in
teaching groups appropriate to their ability. Formal assessment
takes place regularly and progress is monitored to ensure that
students are challenged and supported in response to their
performance. Gifted and Talented students get the opportunity to
take part in the Junior Maths Challenge at KS3.
Key Stage 4
The KS4 Scheme of Learning builds on the same strands
studied at KS3 with a view to entering students at either Higher or
Foundation level. All students in year 11 study GCSE Mathematics
(Edexcel Mathematics A). Higher level covers grades A* to D and
Foundation covers grades C to G. Year 10 study the new
specification GCSE Mathematics under the new grading system of 1 to
9. This is set up in a similar way with Foundation (Grades 1-5) and
Higher (Grades 4-9) levels. Students are set challenging targets
based on their previous and current attainment. Regular assessment
and monitoring continues throughout KS4 to ensure that all students
are entered at the level that will best enable them to achieve
their potential. The Academic Mentor is committed to supporting all
students with their learning needs and has a particular focus on
Key Stage 4.