“Go down deep enough into anything and you will find mathematics.” – Dean Schlicter


Maths is one of the National Curriculum core subjects taught to all pupils throughout the school to provide a sound basis for a variety of careers beyond the age of 16.  It can also give them a broad general knowledge that will enable them to participate in and contribute to society.

There are two main aims of Maths at Northgate:

  • to help pupils develop mathematical processes that will help them in their everyday lives; and,
  • to develop sound Maths skills and knowledge that pupils will apply independently throughout their lives.


  • To contribute to pupils’ ability to solve a variety of problems
  • To understand the application of number in everyday life
  • To highlight the importance of maths to all jobs and the wide range of career choices open to students
  • To enable pupils to participate in public examinations

Key Stage 3

At Northgate, our Programme of Study for Key Stage 3 is based on the National Numeracy Strategy, with modifications to take account of the special needs of the pupils.

Key Stage 4

In Key Stage 4, pupils take the new Reformed Functional Skills qualification at Entry Levels 1-3 and Level 1 and 2 (NCFE).  Where appropriate, some pupils undertake the GCSE Maths (OCR) qualification.  There may be some students with EHCPs who may not be able to take these qualifications and these pupils will work on basic skills at a level appropriate to their individual needs leading to an AQA Unit Award.

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