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 Throughout their time at The London Oratory School, pupils will study an intensive course of Mathematics.  Teaching focuses on both the underpinning conceptual principles of Mathematics – the ‘why’, of Mathematics, if you like – and the more process driven and applied approaches – the ‘how’ of Mathematics.  Appropriate banding and setting ensures that pupils are taught mathematical material at a pace that suits their current ability.  There is, of course, frequent scope for re-evaluating and evaluating pupil progress in mathematics to ensure that they are constantly pitched in the set that is right for them, on the basis of all of the evidence.

key stage 3

The Key Stage 3 curriculum builds on the skills and processes pupils have learnt at Key Stage 2, consolidating operations on whole number, decimals and fractions as well as introducing ratio, percentages and standard form.  Algebra plays an important part with work on linear and quadratic equations, simultaneous equations, the coordinate system and graphs of functions.  Geometry work includes area and volume of two and 3 dimensional figures, circles, transformations, Pythagoras’ Theorem and basic trigonometry, while in Statistics pupils learn to construct a wider range of graphs and charts as well as calculating averages and probabilities.  In all areas problem-solving is an important part of the course, helping pupils to learn how to apply processes to a wide range of situations.

key stage 4

Qualification Pathway:         GCSE Mathematics

Examination Board:               Edexcel: Higher or Foundational

Method of Assessment:       100% Examination


compound interest and depreciation; direct and indirect proportion; index laws; upper and lower bounds; irrational numbers and surds.


inequalities; linear and quadratic equations, the quadratic formula and completing the square; equations of straight lines; graphs of quadratic, cubic and exponential functions; transformations of graphs.

Geometry and Measure 

similarity and congruence; sectors and segments of circles; the cylinder, sphere, cone and pyramid; geometrical constructions; compound measures; vectors.


random sampling methods; histograms and cumulative frequency graphs; scatter graphs and correlation; time series and moving averages; probability.