Curriculum Leader - Mathematics:

Miss Carr

Maths & English Residential Revision Workshop


Desborough College Mathematics Department

Mathematics is traditionally a very strong subject at Desborough College across all Key Stages. 

·         In 2016 69% of A Level candidates achieved grades A to C.

·         Our Progress 8 score for GCSE put us in the top 10% of schools in the country.

All pupils are taught in ability groups.  In Years 7 & 8 these are across half year groups and from then onward across the whole year group.

We study the EDEXEL GCSE Linear syllabus 1MA1 and all pupils take Mathematics GCSE at the end of Year 11.  The top set also has the option to study GCSE Statistics.

At A-Level we study the MEI modular course from OCR and there is also a Further Maths group in both years.

The Mathematics Department consists of a team of 8 people. 


GCSE Maths

Curriculum Area: Mathematics
Curriculum Leader: Ms J Carr

What are the areas I will study?

  • Number
  • Shape, Space and Measure
  • Algebra
  • Data Handling
  • Functional Skills (the ability to use skills acquired in the areas listed above in real life situations).

What activities will I will take part in?

The actual opportunities may vary from year to year. Typically there may be trips to nearby universities for Maths Inspiration lectures, a Statistics day or a trip to Thorpe Park looking at the Mathematics behind the rides.

What knowledge, understanding, skills and values will I develop?

  • Technical procedures for each of the areas listed above.
  • The key skills or processes for problem solving: Interpreting (deciding what the question is asking), Representing (defining the problem), Analysing (selecting the data and method required to produce a correct solution), and Evaluating (doing the actual calculations) and Communicating (describing the solution and method used to others) and Reflecting (asking whether the answer makes sense, is it the only method and comparing the advantages, disadvantages and efficiency of methods where more than one exists).

How will I be assessed?

  • We study the Edexcel 1MA1 Linear Mathematics GCSE course which means that there will be three examinations at the end of year 11; one Non-calculator paper and two Calculator papers. There is no coursework for Mathematics GCSE.
  • Pupils are set. The majority of students will sit the Higher paper with only the bottom set sitting Foundation. Grades awarded are as follows:
  • Higher – 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, and 4.
  • Foundation 5, 4, 3, 2,and 1.
  • Pupils in the top set are also offered GCSE Statistics as an extra GCSE. There is no longer a coursework section to this  course.

Changes in grading system

As you will be aware, from 2017 GCSE Mathematics will be graded using a number system, rather than letters. With 5, being the new passing grade and 9 being the top grade. Roughly speaking 6 is a B grade, 7 is an A grade, and 8 is an A* with 9 being higher than an A*. The document attached, is the first step in allocating the new grading system to the various topics found in GCSE Mathematics. This document is provided to give you and your son an idea of what is needed to achieve each grade. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via my email address:


Click here for detailed information.


A-Level Mathematics

Minimum entry requirements: A grade at GCSE. However, good B grade candidates will be considered and a decision will be made on a case by case basis.


More course information



KS4  Year 9 Foundation

KS3 Year 8

KS3 Year 7

Who do I see for more information?

Ms Carr or your Mathematics teacher.