Mathematics FAQ





Maths is fundamental to everyday life. It is essential in many aspects of life, culture, science and society; and a driving force for the world we live in. By providing a high-quality mathematics education, we are preparing our students to have a sound understanding of the world we live in.

The faculty, led by Miss Price, consists of nine mathematics specialist teachers, including an Assistant Director of Mathematics and three Lead Practitioners with a wealth of knowledge and experience.

The mathematics faculty has eight dedicated classrooms, with a range of high quality resources, including interactive whiteboards.


Miss Price

Assistant Principal for Mathematics

What can a student expect from the Faculty?

  • Qualified, committed and enthusiastic teaching staff
  • Guidance and support to ensure you make the best possible progress
  • Quality first teaching designed to challenge and inspire
  • A grounding in the numerical skills needed to progress in the future

Vision & Aims

Through our planning and teaching we aim to instil a ‘can do’ attitude by ensuring we provide our students with the knowledge and skills to make them successful. We want to develop students who are fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, who have enthusiasm for learning and a desire to deepen their knowledge and understanding. We want for our students to leave us with high aspirations, combining independent risk taking with collective curiosity. Whatever their next step in education, we want for students to choose mathematics to play a major part in this. Through our curriculum provision we want to develop students who:

  • are confident and enthusiastic in their mathematical thinking, knowledge and application
  • are fully equipped in their mathematical knowledge and skill sets to continue their learning at the next stage
  • are highly successful in their GCSE outcomes and fully reach their potential in mathematical qualifications regardless of background, prior learning or individual need.
  • become creative, adaptable, determined and inquisitive independent learners
  • have the willingness to take risks and understand the importance of learning from mistakes
  • become fluent in seeing number patterns and using increasingly complex forms of number operations
  • recognise scale factors, proportionality and multiplicative relationships
  • can express mathematical ideas and concepts through algebra
  • can generalise when considering mathematical concepts
  • can communicate and reason their ideas through mathematical language and sequences of logical steps
  • actively engage in problem solving using a range of mathematical methods and techniques.
  • are able to evaluate their answers using estimation and sense checking
  • strive for accuracy and take pride in their presentation

Key Stage 3 - Curriculum Overview

Our students follow the ‘White Rose Maths’ scheme of work over their five years at Darwen Vale. White Rose Maths is used by a large proportion of primary schools in the area, meaning that we are building on the solid foundations already formed. The scheme of work is based upon the KS3 National curriculum and aims to develop students’ knowledge in Number, Ratio and Proportion, Algebra, Geometry and Measure, Statistics and Probability, whilst developing their skills in fluency, reasoning and problems solving, preparing them for KS4 and beyond. Students are placed into sets from Year 7, this allows for their teacher to provide a personalised learning experience. All students will follow the same sow, but at a pace and to the extent most suitable for their ability. Extended learning is set weekly and may take a variety of forms dependent on what has been taught in class that week. Students’ numeracy skills are also developed through the Numeracy Ninja’s programme delivered weekly in form time.

Key Stage 4 - Curriculum Overview

In KS4 our students continue to follow the ‘White Rose Maths’ scheme of work, building upon the knowledge skills and understanding from Key Stage 3. The scheme of work is based upon the KS4 National curriculum and aims to develop students’ knowledge in Number, Ratio and Proportion, Algebra, Geometry and Measure, Statistics and Probability, whilst developing their skills in fluency, reasoning and problems solving, preparing them for KS5 and future life. We prepare our students for the GCSE in Mathematics with Pearson Edexcel (1MA1). Students will either sit the Foundation tier (Grade 1-5) or Higher tier (Grade 3-9) examination in the Summer of Year 11. The decision of tier entry is not finalised until after students’ final mock in Year 11, but is based on their potential and prior attainment.

Extra-Curricular Clubs

  • Year 11 – Period 6
  • Maths homework drop in
  • Maths challenges and trips run throughout the year

What can a student expect from the Faculty?

  • Qualified and enthusiastic staff
  • Quality first teaching designed to inspire, challenge and support progress
  • A curriculum that is designed to foster independence through differentiated and self-directed work

Vision & Aims

Our students will:

  • Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • Become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • Know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms
  • The art department is dedicated to nurturing critical thinking an

Key Stage 3 - Curriculum Overview

We are passionate about extending students’ knowledge of the world and its literature and as such have created a broad and challenging curriculum. In Year 7, all students following ‘English Mastery’- a national accredited programme designed to academically challenge whilst providing a joyous education which will close the attainment gap for all students. Our vision is that an English Mastery student will graduate from key stage three English with the academic and cultural literacy required to be educationally mobile, whatever their background.

In Year 8 and 9, students are guided through classic texts from the English Literary Heritage as well as Shakespeare, a range of poetry, contemporary novels and plays. Reading skills are taught and assessed thoroughly and in a range of interesting and often innovative ways and through regular writing challenges they learn to become expressive, creative and precise in the written word. In addition, we are committed to developing students’ oracy skills through discussion, debate and individual presentations.

Key Stage 4 - Curriculum Overview

In Years 10 and 11, the Literature course focuses on the appreciation of pre and post 19th Century drama and prose, and the analysis of unseen and studied poetry, which are all assessed in the final examinations.

For the English Language course, the students continue to develop their reading skills in comprehension, summary and analysis, together with their ability to write for many forms and audiences. They will also produce a spoken language assessment based on a subject of their choice which will be assessed separately at a pass, merit or distinction grade.