This close and forward-looking Department consists of 14 specialists who teach most of the maths in the school in a suite of twelve classrooms that are all equipped with interactive whiteboards. We also have a specialist mathematics LSA who supports the department and students who need it the most.
The Department regularly shares good practice and works together to find new and innovative approaches in the teaching of maths, including developing our skills with ICT. We use a variety of teaching methods and activities to assist students in learning and practicing their maths skills and lessons are personalised to each student. We have high expectations of our students, who are highly motivated and able, and who strive to produce an excellent standard of work.
Our mathematics curriculum is helical, creating a learning journey for the students throughout their time at Arden. Students are split into half year blocks with five or six sets on each side where students are placed according to ability and progress and moved as necessary, usually following key assessment and exams. You can find out more about each Key Stage by clicking on the links below. To find out more about a specific part of our curriculum, please contact the Head of Mathematics, Mr M Horsfield, through the main office.
We also offer many opportunities for students to extend their maths skills above and beyond the curriculum. Each year we enter approximately 300 students for the Junior, Intermediate and Senior Mathematics Challenges and subsequently enter students for the Mathematics Team Challenge. You can see some examples of the types of questions students attempt by clicking on the list below.
Results for 2019 are detailed below:
A Level Further Maths
20% Grade 8+
37% Grade 7+
74% Grade 5+
92% Grade 4+
66% A*-C grade
Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3 we have introduced a new scheme of work following the new national curriculum.
Key Stage 4
The Mathematics Department is highly supportive of all our students, as such we currently offer several GCSE course options throughout Key Stage 4, in order...
Key Stage 5
We follow the AQA courses for A Level Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Core Mathematics.
Here are some problems and puzzles for pupils (Year 7, Year 8, Year 9) to provide you with a mathematical challenge: