Mathematics is a key subject in the Academy. It develops mathematical thinking which is essential in the workplace, business and finance; and for personal decision-making. Mathematics is necessary for understanding science, engineering, technology and economics. Pupils develop functionality in mathematics and financial capability and are able to think independently, reason, solve problems and assess risk. Mathematics is creative and the language of mathematics is international.

Please take the time to explore these pages, to learn more about what our Mathematics department has to offer.

Ethos & Values

The aim of the Mathematics Curriculum Area is that students will develop:

  • an appreciation of the place of mathematics in society, including historical and cultural influences;
  • an ability to think mathematically - precisely, logically and creatively;
  • a willingness and ability to work independently and co-operatively;
  • an ability to understand mathematical ideas and to communicate them in a variety of modes;
  • an appreciation of the interdependence of different branches of mathematics;
  • an appreciation of the ways mathematics is used;
  • the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to apply a range of mathematical concepts to situations which may arise in their own lives;
  • the skill to investigate mathematical ideas and to test and prove their own hypotheses;
  • an ability to use mathematics across the curriculum;
  • a firm foundation for appropriate further study.

In addition:

  • All members of the department uphold high expectations of their students and deliver high quality lessons, through differentiated teaching and learning strategies.
  • Every child will be given the opportunity to maximise their mathematical development, by providing educational experiences appropriate to the age, ability and needs of our students.
  • A focus is held within the department to enhance children's quality of learning, by raising attainment through effective targeting and regular assessment.

Knowledge & Skills

Students need to deepen and broaden their knowledge, skills and understanding by developing competence, creativity, applications and implications, critical understanding, representation and analysis.

  • They will develop mathematical communication by solving problems using mathematical methods including ICT.
  • They will have the opportunity to do investigations thus developing creative thinking by solving unfamiliar problems, posing questions and producing reasoned arguments.
  • They will learn about the historical and cultural development of mathematics.
  • They will represent problems using appropriate variables, symbols, diagrams and models.
  • They will also learn how to make and justify conjectures and generalisations.
  • They will experience a wide range of learning styles from enthusiastic specialist teachers that incorporate both individual and group activities.

Resources & Facilities

Every classroom in the mathematics department contains an interactive whiteboard, a selection of educational textbooks and furniture to accommodate up to 30 students. Pupils from years 7 and 8 will be able to make regular use of the new Pearson Key Stage 3 textbook series. This series provides exercises, ideas and topics built around the new national curriculum for Key Stage 3. Alternatively, in years 9, 10 and 11, students will focus on the completion of their GCSE Key Stage 4 qualification and will reference their work from the new Higher and Foundation Tier Edexcel books from Pearson.

In addition, there are currently two computer rooms, allocated solely to the Curriculum Area. Each of these rooms contains top quality multi-media PCs and other audio-visual equipment, including an interactive whiteboard. This access provides an opportunity for our students to use a wealth of electronic resources, designed and bought by the department to expand and aide our pupils' mathematical development. Furthermore, these resources have also been made available via the Academy's virtual learning environment (VLE) as a beneficial way of allowing our students to make use of these resources beyond the classroom (via an internet connection).

Within the VLE, there is a link to MathsWatch, which is a video resource that describes how to complete and tackle questions across the whole curriculum for Key Stages 3 and 4. Staff members also encourage our pupils to use, as a means of setting electronic homework tasks and providing easy access to revision topics.

In all the classrooms, wall space is positively used to create informative and stimulating displays that reflect the topics that are taught across both Key Stages. Likewise, we make good use of corridor displays of students' work, whilst also including real world applications of mathematics.

Courses & Qualifications

Key Stage 3:

Students follow the national curriculum in mathematics.

Key Stage 4:

Students follow the Edexcel GCSE Linear course.

Current Year 11

Pupils take a tier of entry appropriate to their ability. Foundation tier covers GCSE grades C to G and Higher tier covers GCSE grades A* to D.

Years 9 & 10

Pupils take a tier of entry appropriate to their ability. Foundation tier covers GCSE levels 1 to 5 and Higher tier covers GCSE levels 4 to 9.

Advanced Subsidiary Mathematics

Core Mathematics units C1 and C2 plus one of the Applications units M1, S1 or D1.

Advanced Level

Advanced level awards comprise six teaching units per award.

(More detail on these courses can be found on the sixth form area of the website.)


2 Application units taken in year 12 and FP1 taken in year 13.

Learning Outside The Classroom

  • Teams from Years 7 and 8 take part in the Lindsey Oil Refinery mathematics challenge. This is a team competition against other local secondary schools. It is now in its twenty first year of operation.
  • The UKMT (United Kingdom Maths Challenge) is the biggest national challenge with 4000 schools taking part and some 580 000 students. We enter students for the Senior (years 12 and 13), Intermediate (years 9, 10, 11), and Junior (years 7 and 8) challenges. The competition is part of our Gifted and Talented programme and is a challenge for the most able students.
  • The Edgehill Maths Challenge is a competition for Year 9 students. It is a team competition and those who get through to the final have the opportunity to present their solutions to a set problem to a team of judges. They are encouraged to use a variety of visual and audio methods to do this.
  • The Maths in Motion Jaguar Cars is a competition for KS3 and KS4 teams. This is a National competition. The first heat is against other schools locally and the winners go head to head to win through for a place in the final. This takes place at the National Car Heritage museum.


  • GCSE students are offered consistent support towards their exams by way of after school revision classes, weekend revision classes and also crammer courses provided during school holidays.

Where Does This Take Me In The Future?

  • Mathematics provides skills for life, which is important for all members of a modern society.
  • It provides the tools for students to develop skills in science, engineering, technology, and economics.
  • It prepares students to move into the workplace. The skills developed within the study of Mathematics are amongst some of the most highly rated by employers, such as the ability to collect, represent and interpret data.
  • The study of Mathematics enhances students' skills needed to undertake a wide range of qualifications and careers such as access to apprenticeships, enrolment into the forces, engineering, computer game designing, meteorology, medical statistics and teaching.
  • Mathematics helps students to think and function independently and to become financially capable.
  • It also provides progression into Higher and Further Education. The core status of Mathematics within the International Baccalaureate means that students are better equipped to face their academic or professional career with continuous progression from GCSE. This offers them a wider range of options for their chosen educational and vocational future.

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Tollbar Academy Principal

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David J Hampson