“I enjoy the challenge that Maths gives you and the thrill that you get when you solve a problem. I really enjoy the use of the Bowland Mathematics tasks; the tasks challenge every aspect of Maths that you learn at Bishop”

(Student from Year 9)

“This year at Bishop Stopford my Maths skills have improved immensely. A year ago I never would have dreamed that I would be where I am in Maths now. The teaching is incredible and really well planned. They make the lessons enjoyable – so much easier to remember.”

(Student from Year 7)

The Maths department recognise the importance of and beauty in mathematics.  We are committed to helping students attain outstanding results and feel that regular consolidation of skills is vital for this.  As such Year 7 have one piece of homework per week and all other year groups have two.  Maths lessons also include problem solving and functional skills in order to prepare students for life after school.

Key Stage 3

Students follow a course aimed to prepare them for study at Key Stage 4. Schemes of work have also been adjusted in light of curriculum changes at Key Stage 3.

Key Stage 4

Students study the new 9-1 GCSE and will achieve a number grade at the end of year 11.  All of the course will be assessed through examinations. They will sit one non-calculator paper and two calculator examination papers. Higher entry students will follow the OCR linear Mathematics (J560) course and Foundation students enter Edexcel Linear (1MA1). 

Key Stage 5

The A-Level Course for Year 13

There are three units leading to an AS in one year and another three units leading to an A2 in the
second year. You have to choose between:
Pure Maths with Statistics (C1, C2, C3, C4, S1, S2)
Pure Maths with Mechanics (C1, C2, C3, C4, M1, M2)

Each year we have students who wish to study Mathematics and Further Mathematics. This is
possible by taking twelve units over two years. An alternative approach is to take nine units that
lead to A Level Maths and an AS in Further Maths. There is no coursework to do in any module.

Each module is tested by a one hour and thirty minute paper and are of equal value.

Core Modules (C1-C4)

This covers Pure Maths topics such as trigonometry, calculus, algebra and functions, sequences
and series, exponentials and logarithms and co-ordinate geometry.

Statistics Modules (S1 and S2)

This module covers probability and the study of statistical topics such as: representation of data,
correlation and regression, random variables, hypothesis tests, binomial, poisson and normal

Mechanics Modules (M1 and M2)

Mechanics covers Newtonian Mechanics topics such as: displacement, velocity, acceleration,
force and other vectors, particles moving in a straight line or a plane, momentum and impulse,
friction, centre of mass, work and energy and collisions.

There is now only one A Level Maths qualification available and all students will study Pure Mathematics, Statistics and Mechanics. Pure Mathematics is expected to count for two thirds of the course with Mechanics and Statistics making up a sixth each.

Pure Mathematics

Students will study proof, algebra and functions, co-ordinate geometry, sequences and series, trigonometry, differentiation, integration and numerical methods.


Quantities and units in mechanics, kinematics, forces and Newton's laws and moments will be studied.


The topics of statistical sampling, data presentation and interpretation, probability, statistical distributions and statistical hypothesis testing will be covered.

Calculators will be allowed in all exams and the ability to use them for more sophisticated calculations will be tested. There will also be more emphasis on problem solving across all elements.

Enrichment Opportunities

  • Students from Years 7, 8, 9, 10 have the opportunity to participate in the junior and intermediate Maths Challenges, with selected students from Years 8 and 9 entering the Team Challenges.
  • There are regular puzzle competitions which are included on the student newsletter.
  • Year 12 and Year 13, Senior Maths Challenge and Senior Team Challenge.
  • Christmas lecture for Year 12 students.
  • Year 10 GCSE Maths lecture.

The Maths Department

  • Miss C Collier - Head of Faculty
  • Mr S Ready
  • Mr R King
  • Mr N Fox
  • Mrs J Egner
  • Ms C Gilbert - KS4 Co-Ordinator
  • Mr J Horne
  • Mr W Lewis
  • Mrs R King
  • Miss P Turland - Intervention Co-Ordinator
  • Ms S Verity - KS3 Co-Ordinator
  • Mrs D Brough
  • Mrs H Baker - Curriculum Assistant