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The only way to learn Mathematics is to do Mathematics

Mathematics is a creative and highly interconnected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject. 

Through Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 we offer an interconnected curriculum where there is a strong emphasis on the core understanding of mathematical concepts. This is so that our students become fluent in the fundamentals of Mathematics. It is achieved through varied and frequent practice as well as making connections with previous concepts through increasingly complex problems over time, our students will develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately. Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly are challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content. Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material should consolidate their understanding, including through additional practice, before moving on. 


At KS3 our main aim is to ensure students develop a love for the subject through inspiring and through a ‘mastery’ learning approach. This enhances their mathematical confidence over time and promoting a growth mind set. This gives them the opportunity to reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry and understanding mathematical relationships and generalisations. These essential skills developed in Number, Algebra, Geometry and Measure, Statistics and Probability and Ratio and Proportion will lay strong foundations for the KS4 curriculum. 


At KS4 our focus is for the students to develop fluency and confidence in their mathematics so that they can go into the real world as confident mathematicians. The curriculum is designed so that students use their acquired Mathematical knowledge to communicate, justify, argue, and prove. 

At KS4 we also teach the GCSE statistics curriculum for the most able mathematicians to empower them to take mathematics beyond their GCSEs.  

SSA Maths department provides the opportunity for students to take part in competitions and educational visits such as the ‘Big Bang’ exhibition, and the ‘Maths Challenge’ so that they contribute positively to the life of the school and their local community, this will ultimately help develop their excellence in Mathematics.