The Mathematics Department Aims:

  • To provide an inclusive mathematical education for all
  • To provide a high quality of mathematical education
  • To provide engaging lessons to maximise students’ potential

About the Mathematics Department

The Mathematics department at Ernulf Academy is well resourced, with all rooms using interactive SMART boards to deliver excellent teaching. The Mathematics team are dedicated to supporting students’ learning at all levels, offering a wide range of specialisms from Basic Numeracy to Further Maths.


Mathematics is a very conceptual subject, so is taught primarily in sets. Year 7 students are initially taught in mixed ability groups, then setted using data from their: SAT tests undertaken during Year 6; Cognitive ability (MidYiS) tests undertaken during their first term at Ernulf.

Students are then taught in sets for the remainder of their time here in accordance with their ability. Setting is reviewed on a regular basis to ensure that each student makes good progress.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)

All students are set aspirational Minimum Expected Levels at Key Stage 3. The National Curriculum is divided up into small modules which are assessed regularly by module tests. The main delivery method for lessons is through interactive SMART boards. Progress is monitored in two ways:

  • Students are assessed by regular module tests and compared against their Minimum Expected Levels
  • End of year examinations

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

The department is following the Edexcel linear syllabus at Key Stage 4. The GCSE course incorporates all aspects of Mathematics: Number, Algebra, Measures, Shape and Space, Geometry, Statistics and Probability. It focuses on applying Mathematics in context, problem solving, reasoning and the functional elements of Mathematics, concentrating on the knowledge and applications that are most accessible and relevant. The course is a linear scheme with only one exam at the end of Year 11. There is no coursework.

At the end of Key Stage 4, students are awarded a GCSE Mathematics grade.
Mathematics is a tiered exam with two levels of entry:

  • The Higher tier awards grades A*, A, B, C or D
  • The Foundation tier awards grades C, D, E, F and G

Special Events

The mathematics department regularly hosts special events for students. Puzzles: The Happy Puzzle Company join us for a puzzle challenge day with Ernulf Academy students annually in the autumn term. This is a very enjoyable experience for our year 8 pupils. UK Maths Challenge: Every year, Ernulf Academy students are entered for the nationwide Maths Challenge competitions

Homework Resources
Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 have access to homework booklets.
All students in Years 10 and 11 are given a revision guide and textbook.