Maths at Bishopton 

The teachers in the Mathematics department are a dedicated team who work hard to give every student a good grounding in the basics of Number, Algebra, Geometry and Statistics but also to design and create interesting and engaging lessons to promote the fascination and enjoyment of Mathematics for all students, whatever their level or grade.

  • having high expectations of performance, challenge and attitudes to/behaviours for learning;
  • understanding that students have different learning preferences and applying our teaching styles to take these into account;
  • providing a supportive and motivating environment;
  • acting as role models;
  • being aware of the importance of how a lesson is planned, constructed and delivered;
  • developing ‘thinking’ in our lessons.
  • develop an awareness of the fascination and mystery of Mathematics.
  • maximise the achievement of all students.
  • develop the ability to communicate using Mathematics, with particular emphasis on the use of correct mathematical language, graphical representations, diagrams etc.
  • equip students with a powerful tool to solve problems in everyday life and to raise an awareness of the use of Mathematics across the curriculum.
  • develop sound numerical skills, the ability to use the four arithmetical operations accurately and with confidence, the ability to estimate and approximate answers and the ability to use a calculator efficiently.
  • encourage a willingness to use algebraic skills by exploring mathematical patterns and sequences, identifying functional relationships and to use mathematics to model real-life situations.    

Key Stage 4 (Year 10 and 11) – Edexcel Linear GCSE

At Bishopton Centre we are following the Edexcel GCSE specification. This is a two year programme of study and is examined at the end of year 11 with three exams. Each exam last 1h30 minutes. Two exams are without calculator and one is with. Some questions will draw together elements of maths from different topic areas.

The GCSE subject content of this specification matches that set out in the Department for Education’s Mathematics GCSE subject content and assessment objectives document.

The content has been organised into broad topic areas as follows:

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Ratio, proportion and rates of change
  • Geometry and measures
  • Probability
  • Statistics
  • The table below shows the approximate weightings of the topic areas for the overall tier of assessment, not for each individual question paper.


In line with the requirements set by the Department for Education, the expectation is that:

  • all students will develop confidence and competence with the content identified in the “basic foundation content” column
  • all students will be assessed on the content identified by the “basic foundation content” and “additional foundation content” columns; more highly attaining students will develop confidence and competence with all of this content
  • only the more highly attaining students will be assessed on the content identified in the “higher content” column. The highest attaining students will develop confidence and competence with this content.
  • Students can be said to have confidence and competence with mathematical content when they can apply it flexibly to solve problems. The table below details the topics covered at Key Stage 4

Functional Skills

We also provide our learners in Key Stage 4 with the opportunity to sit Level 1 and Level 2 Functional Skills Maths exams which provide our learners with another opportunity to achieve additional Maths qualifications. 



Please contact Mr Legender and Mr Vickers on 01642 566369 if you have any queries regarding the maths curriculum.