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Notre Dame High School

Notre Dame
High School


Mathematics is taught in 10 ability sets with students able to move between the sets depending on progress.

We aim to:

  • provide learners with a rich experience of Mathematics
  • provide learners with greater opportunities for using and interpreting Mathematics
  • improve attitudes towards Mathematics
  • inspire and prepare young people to continue Mathematics studies beyond GCSE

What resources are available?

A variety of materials are available in lessons with each student assigned a copy of the higher or foundation text book. Each student is also given access to the MyMaths web site which has a large database of lesson resources and worksheets.

Foundation Curriculum

  Year 10 Year 11
Aut.1 Angles, Scale diagrams, HCF/LCM, Algebra Probability, Shapes in 2D & 3D, Scatter graphs
Aut.2 Linear Graphs, Sequences, Circles Simultaneous equations, Graph sketching
Spr.1 Real life graphs, Equations, Indices & SIF Proportion, Pythagoras and Trigonometry
Spr.2 Probability, Measures, Transformations Quadratics, quadratic graphs, vectors
Sum.1 Percentages, Pythagoras, Loci Revision
Sum.2 2D representations, Statistical analysis  

Higher Curriculum 

  Year 10 Year 11
Aut.1 Angles, Algebra, Linear Graphs Algebra, Probability
Aut.2 Approximation, Sequences, Circles, Compound shapes Graph sketching, proportion, Inequalities
Spr.1 Real life graphs, Equations, Indices & SIF, Surds Vectors, Transformation of functions, Eqn of circle
Spr.2 Standard Index form, Measures, Transformations Circle theorems, Algebraic fractions, Non RAT trig
Sum.1 Percentages, Loci, Congruence Pre-Calculus and Revision
Sum.2 Statistical Analysis and Algebra  

How is it assessed?

Students follow either the linear Higher or linear Foundation AQA syllabuses. Students sit three exam papers, one non-calculator and two calculator papers, all of which are taken at the end of Year 11. Each paper is marked out of 80 and is worth 33% of the exam.

There is no coursework in Mathematics.

Career Pathways 

What can it lead to?

Many students go on to study Mathematics at A Level and beyond at university. Mathematics is a highly respected qualification that demonstrates the ability to think logically and solve problems.

Sixth Forms, colleges and employers require either a grade 4 or 5 or above in Mathematics. We guide pupils towards the route that is most likely to deliver this outcome.

For more information click on our courses for:

For advice on apprenticeship courses, click here.

Career Options

You can watch a great series of videos of young people who are working in jobs that use maths on the BBC Bitesize website.

For example careers leading from this subject, click here.

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