The Mathematics department aims to provide a curriculum that will satisfy the requirements of the Northern Ireland curriculum at key stage 3 and the GCSE requirements for Key stage 4.


  • To enable pupils to develop the basic mathematical skills required for adult life and further study. They should be able to select the appropriate skills they need and apply them in a variety of contexts.
  • To help each pupil develop his/her appreciation and enjoyment of mathematics itself. To allow them to experience success, develop confidence and have a positive experience of the subject.
  • To make pupils aware of the power of Mathematics to communicate information, explain their findings and predict future outcomes. They will have the opportunity to develop general skills such as problem solving, logical reasoning, creativity and communication.


  • Within the schemes of work opportunities are taken to relate Mathematics to the world of work. For example the Banking Project carried out by in year 9.
  • Each year we participate in the NUMBER DAY organised by NSPCC and raise funds for childline. In 2011 year 9 raised £1097. 
  • We participate in the Junior (years 8 & 9) and Intermediate (years 10 -12) Mathematics Challenge. A national competition for post primary schools. Each year we achieve some bronze and even a few silver certificates.

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NUMBER Basic number work and place value Factors,multiples, primes
Mental maths strategies
Decimals & money
Multiply and divide by powers of 10
Equivalent fractions
Add and subtract
Mobile Phone Project
Fractions and percentages of quantities
Powers and roots
Use of a calculator
Time calculations
Negative numbersBanking Project
Application of percentages
Application of all number workBudgeting Project
Careers/STEM Project
SHAPE SPACE MEASURE Measure and draw angles
3 basic angle facts
Properties of triangles
Metric system
Area of rectangles, triangles
Line and rotational symmetry
Measure and draw bearings
Angles and parallel lines
Properties of quadrilaterals
Area of parallelograms, kites & trapezium
TransformationsICT – Fencing an Area or Maxibox
Angle properties of polygons
Pythagoras Theorem
Nets of 3 D shapes
Surface area
Circle vocabulary
Area and circumferenceICT – LOGO
ALGEBRA Collecting like terms
Simple substitution
Simple equations
Solving Equations
Directed Numbers
Equations of straight lines
Substitution into formula
Looking for rules in sequences
Using brackets
Complex equations
Finding the nth term
HANDLING DATA Tally & bar charts
Simple Pie Charts
Mode, median mean
Probability languageICT- Excel spreadsheets and charts
Grouping data
Finding mean
Questionnaire design
Pie Charts
Probability fractions
Scatter graphs and correlation
Misleading diagrams
Interpreting data
Sample space diagrams
Relative frequency

GCSE Mathematics

We follow the modular AQA GCSE at either Foundation or High level depending on the pupil’s performance in Year 10.

  • Unit 1 – Handling Data and Number. (1 hour written paper with a calculator)
  • Unit 2 – Number and Algebra (1 hour 15 min written paper without a calculator)
  • Unit 3 – Geometry and Algebra (1 hour 30 min written paper with a calculator)


  • Units can be taken at different levels.
  • Foundation level grades C – G
  • High Level grades A* – D
  • All pupils are entered for GCSE.
  • Average 98.5% pass rate
  • Pupils are provided with access to Kerboodle an online personalised learning service designed to support pupils doing AQA GCSE.
Statistics is essentially a practical subject whose main purpose is to collect and process data with a view to extracting information and then making decisions based on evidence found. Much of what is read and seen in the Media has a statistical base and very many occupations demand the use or interpretation of statistical data. This GCSE course is designed to give candidates an insight into the practical uses of statistics and to enable them to make informed judgments on what is presented to them so that they are aware of the dangers of being influenced by misleading statistics.

To undertake this course you need to have shown some ability at, and enjoyment of, the Handling Data part of Key Stage 3 Mathematics.

The main topics covered are:

Data Collection

  • Planning an investigation
  • Types of data
  • Sampling
  • Obtaining data
  • Tabulation and Representation
  • Tally charts, bar charts, pie charts
  • Scatter graphs
  • Frequency polygons
  • Grouped frequency tables
  • Stem & leaf diagrams
  • Cumulative frequency tables and graphs

Data Analysis

  • Averages and range
  • Measures of spread
  • Correlation and regression
  • Other summary statistics
  • Estimation


Assessment – The scheme of assessment comprises 2 components
One written paper worth 75%

  • Either at Foundation Tier Grades C – G
  • Or at Higher Tier Grades A* – D

and Controlled Assessment worth 25%