an introduction to mathematics

An overview from our Heads of Department

The progression and success of our pupils is of paramount importance to us at Cranford House and we believe in giving pupils the time, individual help and encouragement to realise that they can all succeed. As a result, we place pupils in mixed groups for Mathematics throughout Year 7, allowing them to progress and develop confidence in the subject at their own pace, which is very often rapid thanks to our excellent teaching staff.


Key Stage 3 sees regular practice of Numeracy skills and the application of mental, calculator and non-calculator methods to solve problems in a range of real-life contexts. Number, Algebra, Shape and Space and Data Handling are focal areas. Through varied teaching and learning activities and the use of ICT, pupils are encouraged to develop their ability to communicate and reflect on what they have learnt. Opportunities are also provided for pupils to attend problem-solving clubs and explore Mathematics beyond the curriculum, alongside a range of activities such as National Mathematics Challenges and off-site trips.

The new GCSE 9-1 curriculum has significantly increased the breadth and depth of knowledge required. To ensure our pupils are well prepared for these new requirements, we have adjusted our Mathematics curriculum accordingly, embedding changes from Year 7 upwards and we are already seeing an extremely positive response from our pupils.


In Key Stage 4, pupils are required to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts. Pupils are given the opportunity to acquire and use problem-solving strategies and apply the functional elements of mathematics in everyday and real-life situations.

We are acutely aware of the demands of the A-Level syllabus and beyond. As a result, we are continually teaching beyond the constraints of the GCSE course to ensure that those pupils who choose to continue their mathematical studies are in a strong position to do so. For those students who plan to study Mathematics after GCSE there are opportunities to further their mathematical knowledge. As as small school, we have the flexibility to respond directly to individual pupils' interests and requirements, including offering tailored support and the OCR FSMQ qualification in Additional Mathematics.