Mathematics at St Augustine’s

The team    Aims of the department    Information by years    How can I help my daughter    Career progression    Activities

The Team

Mr S Bale (Head of Department)

Lower V to Upper VI

Mrs J Bennet

Form III to Upper VI

Miss T Rutherford

Form III to Lower VI

Mrs Lakomy

Lower VI and Upper VI

Miss A Gambrill

Subject Lead for Key Stage 2

Mrs C Costello

Subject Lead for Key Stage 1

Aims of department

 Mathematics is a core subject in the National Curriculum and our schemes of work are based on that curriculum. In delivering the material our aim is to develop knowledge, skills and understanding as well as an appreciation of the beauty of mathematics. A variety of teaching and learning styles are used in Mathematics lessons. We recognise the fact that children differ in mathematical ability and we therefore employ a range of strategies to help each girl to attain her full potential. Extra support is available for seniors at Maths Surgeries. Help is also offered during the Easter holidays to students sitting public examinations.

Information by years

Age 4-11

In the Prep and Junior Departments, the girls are taught Mathematics through the Abacus Evolve scheme. The scheme develops the children’s mental mathematics, problem solving and investigative skills. A range of resources is used to support the teaching and learning of Mathematics, including interactive programs, practical activities, and games and written work.

Age 11- 18

The pupils are taught in sets throughout the senior school. In Form III (the first year of the senior school) the girls are taught in two sets. From Lower IV to Upper V (the second to fifth years of the senior school) the girls are taught in three sets. The schemes are structured in such a way as to allow for movement between sets.

(Form III, Lower IV, Upper IV)

The schemes of work for Form III to Upper IV follow the Key Stage 3 programme. Progress is assessed by means of school examinations twice a year. Each year several Upper IV girls take part in the Royal Institution Masterclasses (see Activities below).

Text books used:

CIMT Mathematics Enhancement Programme: Books Y7A&B, Y8A&B, Y9A&B

(Lower V, Upper V)

Exam Board: Edexcel
Syllabus: 1MAO (Linear)

All the Exam boards have a two-tier structure for the Mathematics GCSE: Foundation and Higher.
The girls will be taught in three sets and the final decision about the tier of entry for each girl will be made after the mock exams during the Upper V year.
We expect the vast majority of girls to sit the Higher Level exam.

Scheme of Assessment

Written Exams




Paper 1 (Non-calculator)


1 hour 45 minutes

1 hour 45 minutes

Paper 2 (Calculator)


1 hour 45 minutes

1 hour 45 minutes

Grade Structure




C - G

A* - D

What the course involves:

The girls will learn more about number, algebra, geometry, trigonometry and data handling. They will learn to use their mathematical knowledge in a variety of situations and will be expected to solve problems with or without a calculator. They will use the same textbook throughout Lower and Upper V as it covers the whole GCSE syllabus and also enables them to revisit the topics they met in earlier years.

Text book used:

White: Higher GCSE Maths (Elmwood)


Exam Board: Edexcel

In order to be accepted onto any Sixth Form Mathematics course, the student should have achieved grade A or A* at GCSE level.

Students wishing to study AS Level Further Mathematics or A Level Further Mathematics should be of exceptional mathematical ability.

The following courses are offered:


Modules Studied


AS Level Mathematics

C1, C2 and either M1 or S1

One-year course

(Lower VI)

A Level Mathematics

C1, C2, C3, C4, M1, S1

Two-year course

(Lower VI and Upper VI)

A Level Mathematics


C1, C2, C3, C4, M1, S1

One-year course

(Lower VI)

AS Level Further Mathematics

FP1 and two of FP2, S2, D1, M2 and M3

One-year course

(Upper VI)

A Level Further Mathematics

FP1, FP2 and four of S2, D1, M2, M3, M4 and FP3

One-year course

(Upper VI)


The topics studied in the Pure Mathematics core modules (C1, C2, C3 and C4) include: Proof, Algebra, Functions, Equations and Inequalities, Indices, Sequences and Series, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus, Exponentials and Logarithms, Numerical Methods and Vectors.

The topics studied in the Mechanics modules (M1, M2, M3 and M4) include: Vectors, Kinematics, Statics, Dynamics, Moments, Centres of Mass, Circular Motion, Work and Energy, Elasticity and Collisions.

The topics studied in the Statistics modules (S1 and S2) include: Representation of Data, Methods for Summarising Data, Probability, Correlation and Regression, Discrete and Continuous Random Variables, Normal Distribution, Binomial and Poisson Distributions, Hypothesis Testing.


Accelerated Maths involves studying six modules in one year (C1, C2, C3, C4, S1 and M1) and is timetabled separately from Maths in the Lower VI. It is designed for students who wish to take Further Maths AS Level or Further Maths A Level in the Upper VI, or who simply wish to complete an A level in one year.

How can I help my daughter?




All pupils

BBC Bitesize

All pupils

CIMT (Centre for Innovation in Mathematics Teaching)

All pupils


All pupils up to GCSE

Maths is Fun

All pupils up to GCSE

BEAM (Be A Mathematician)

Prep and Junior pupils


Seniors up to GCSE

Maths Centre

Mainly 6th Form pupils



MATHWIRE (Maths activities)


+Plus Magazine


A selection of presentations, past exam papers and other material in the StudentsShare folder on the school network. (Look inside the Maths folder.)


Mathematics Masterclasses at the Royal Institution

Selected pupils in Upper IV

Books in the Maths library, which is located in the Maths teaching rooms.


Career progression

GCSE Mathematics is a core subject and is a fundamental requirement in the vast majority of careers and in higher education.

Studied beyond GCSE, mathematics opens the door to huge range of career opportunities

A qualification in Mathematics at A Level is a requirement for many courses in higher education such as Physics, Engineering and specialist Mathematics courses; it is also valued in fields such as Medicine, Architecture, Economics and Business.


Maths Challenges

Organised by the UK Mathematics Trust, the Individual Maths Challenges are lively, intriguing multiple choice question papers which are designed to stimulate interest in maths in large numbers of pupils. The three levels cover the secondary school range 11-18 and together they attract over 600,000 entries from over 4000 schools and colleges making it the UK’s biggest national maths competition.

There are three challenges each year for different ages as follows:

  • Junior – Lower 4 and below (including Upper 2) (Summer term)
  • Intermediate – Upper 4, Lower 5 and Upper 5 (Lent term)
  • Senior – Lower 6 and Upper 6 (Autumn term)

We aim to enter at least the top 50% of our pupils for these challenges, which are taken in school on dates set by UKMT. The first 15 questions are more accessible whilst the final 10 are much harder. Papers are marked by UKMT and they award gold, silver and bronze certificates to the top 40% of participants nationally in the ratio 1 : 2 : 3.
Certificates are highly prized and gold certificates are treasured!

Maths Masterclasses

Each year several girls from Upper 4 attend a series of Mathematics Masterclasses at the Royal Institution. The participants are introduced to topics which are beyond the scope of the normal school syllabus, thereby giving them an opportunity to broaden their mathematical experience.


Manga High

The school subscribes to Manga High website and all pupils from Prep 3 to Upper V are issued with individual login codes to give them access to the full range of mathematical challenges and games available.  The girls can participate in interschool challenges as well as achieving individual medals and trophies.  Homework may also be set using this site.


WinAtSchool Competition

WinAtSchool is an online competition, in mathematics and statistics for Year 10 and 11 pupils in all UK secondary schools, and is run by the Royal Statistical Society Centre for Statistical Education and Winton Capital Management. Set 1 pupils   in Lower V and Upper V are entered for this competition which takes place at the start of the summer term.