Mathematics

Mathematics equips pupils with a uniquely powerful set of tools to understand and change the world.

These tools include logical reasoning, problem-solving skills, and the ability to think in abstract ways. Mathematics is important in everyday life in many forms of employment: science and technology; medicine; the economy, planning, development and the environment, and it informs public decision making.

Different cultures have contributed to the development and application of Mathematics. Today, the subject transcends cultural boundaries and its importance is universally recognised. Mathematics can be enlightening; when a pupil solves a problem for the first time, discovers a more elegant solution to that problem, or suddenly sees hidden connections.

As a department we aim to:

  • foster a willingness to work independently and co-operatively
  • promote a positive attitude to mathematics
  • give our pupils the ability and skills required to write and talk about mathematics
  • enable our pupils to apply mathematics in everyday situations
  • give our pupils a feel for numbers and an understanding of the significance of these numbers
  • equip our pupils with the skills to carry out calculations
  • work with parents and pupils to ensure potential is achieved

First Form to Third Form


The programme of study in the first three years provides opportunities for pupils to develop their skills in using and applying mathematics, number, algebra, shape, space, measures and data handling. 

All pupils in First Form to Third Form are formally assessed at the end of the Michaelmas Term. This takes the form of a one hour examination and enables us to compare ability across the year-groups. In the second half of the Summer Term Examination Week is held and all pupils are examined in all their subjects. There is a mental arithmetic test, completed before Examination Week, then two one hour Mathematics papers; calculator and non-calculator. Levels are given and this allows us to track progress and helps inform our setting decisions for the following academic year.


Fourth Form to Fifth Form

Preparation for GCSE begins in the Michaelmas Term of Fourth Form, culminating in external examinations in the Summer Term of Fifth Form. There are currently two tiers of entry; Higher and Foundation. Grades A*–D are accessible at the Higher tier and C–G accessible at the Foundation tier; pupils are entered at the level appropriate to their abilities. The progress of each pupil is monitored at regular intervals and movement between levels and sets will be made if deemed necessary.

In Fifth Form there are currently six sets and in the Fourth Form, a smaller year group, there are five sets. Pupils are set according to ability.

There is continuous assessment and monitoring throughout Fourth and Fifth Form. However, in the second half of the Summer Term, for Fourth Form, there is Examination Week where all pupils will be examined in all their subjects. For Mathematics there will be two substantial papers; calculator and non-calculator. Fifth Form sit mock examinations for Mathematics early in the Lent Term. The results of the mathematics examinations inform final tier of entry for GCSE the following summer.

Head of Maths: Mrs C S Scaysbrook

Trips, Activities and Extension 

UKMT Maths Challenge

Every year at Cokethorpe we enter nearly 90 pupils in the Junior and Senior UKMT Maths Challenges. Results are published about six weeks later and certificates awarded to the successful entrants. In the Team Maths Challenge, four pupils from Second and Third Form are selected to represent the School, chosen for their problem solving skills, speed of work and ability to work as a team under pressure.

UKMT Mathematics Challenges

‘The UKMT Mathematics Challenges are lively, intriguing papers designed to stimulate interest in Mathematics in large numbers of pupils. They are tests of reasoning and mental agility which can be taken without any special preparation or revision. The three levels cover the secondary school range 11-18 and together they attract over 600,000 entries from over 4500 schools and colleges.

Gold, silver and bronze certificates are awarded to 40% of participants nationally and the most successful participants at each level are invited to enter follow-on rounds.’ UKMT

UKMT Team Challenge

‘The Team Mathematics Challenge (TMC) is an exciting and enjoyable national Mathematics competition, which gives pupils the opportunity to participate in a wide range of Mathematics activities, and compete against other pupils from schools in their region. The TMC promotes team working and provides a stimulating challenge to eager mathematicians in your school.’ UKMT