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We understand that many students feel that maths is ‘not for them’ but we believe that maths is for everyone. On arrival at St Matthias Academy all pupils are baseline assessed in mathematics. This enables their future learning to be tailored to their needs, encouraging students to engage with, explore, enjoy and succeed in maths. Topics that pupils have missed covering, or that they find difficult, will be revisited. This supports a general focus on Number skills and a reinforcement of basic skills to allow pupils to build the foundation upon which to improve their learning.

Every new body of discovery is mathematical in form, because there is no other guidance we can have.

Darwin, Charles

At GCSE Level we follow the AQA 8300 exam specification. GCSE Mathematics has a Foundation tier (grades 1 – 5) and a Higher tier (grades 4 – 9). Students must take three question papers at the same tier to achieve the grade and all question papers must be taken in the same examination period.

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Many of the maths lessons at St Matthias Academy also focus on functional skills. They aim to provide pupils with the practical skills that they will need to deal with numeracy in the real world as they become older.

Depending on the length of a student’s stay with us, they will be able to achieve a Maths qualification in Functional Skills - Edexcel (at Entry Level 1, 2, 3, or Level 1, 2) or GCSE – AQA (1 to 9).