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The Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School

The Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School


Making Mathematics Memorable. Ensuring all staff and students achieve as highly as possible by being an excellent department with high standards and expectations which seeks the realisation of each and every student’s full potential. We aim to enable students to acquire mathematical concepts, skills and knowledge with enjoyment.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)

We believe that excellent teaching of Mathematics at Key stage 3 is the foundation in developing highly motivated students who then go on to achieve their potential at later stages of their Mathematics learning. This is what we aim to achieve with our challenging but well supported curriculum which includes a variety of tasks that help pupils master the key concepts for future study as well as developing their problem solving and thinking skills.

The students are placed in ability groups based on KS2 data as soon as they arrive in year 7. We regularly monitor the performance of all students through the use of data from internal tests as well as teacher assessments to ensure pupils are in the correct ability group and are sufficiently challenged. The lower ability groups tend to be smaller to ensure that the students get all the support they need in order to progress. 

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

Exam Board: Edexcel GCSE Course

The GCSE Mathematics course is designed to develop the skills needed both for working life and continuing education. Students will need to be able to apply their knowledge to traditional Mathematics topics as well as complex real-life problems in order to succeed in the course.  The course is divided into two tiers: Higher (Grades 9-4) and Foundation (Grades 5-1).  Students sit one non-calculator and two calculator papers which covers topics in six areas of Mathematics: Number; Algebra; Ratio, Proportion and Rates of Change; Geometry and Measures; Statistics; and Probability.

Students will be entered for the level that is appropriate for their ability which is determined by a variety of structured assessments throughout the course. During the autumn and spring terms in Year 11, pupils complete full trial exams to assist them in preparing for their final summer exam. 

Success and Achievements

Our Exam results at all levels in Mathematics for both measures of attainment and progress are well above the national average.

At GCSE in 2017, 85% of pupils achieved grade 4 or higher and 32% achieved grades 7 or higher.  9% of pupils achieved the top grade 9 which was nearly three times the national figure.  These results allowed the department to achieve a Progress Score of +0.78.

At A Level in 2017, 87% of Year 13 students achieved A*-C in Maths.  At AS Level, 70% of students achieved A-C and 100% of AS Level Further Maths pupils achieved A-B grades.

Talented mathematicians in years 7-13 are entered for individual and team Maths Challenges that are run by the UK Mathematics Trust. Over 4000 schools from across the country participate in these tests and over 100 Cardinal Wiseman pupils took part in 2017. The Maths department also runs a homework club, exam intervention classes for Years 10-13 and enrichment trips for A Level students.