The Maths Department at Clyst Vale has five full time and two part time qualified maths teachers who each teach a selection of sets across all years.

Students are encouraged to aim high and achieve their own absolute best, whatever level they are studying. All students from Year 7 up to Year 13 will be shown how to track their own learning and achievements.

In Year 7 students are given two entry tests which are used, with Key Stage 2 marks, to set the students into their maths groups. There is fluid movement between groups based on effort, homework and end of term test results.

KS3 students in Years 7 and 8 will be following the Discovering Maths two year programme which uses a mastery approach providing progression, practice and support.


All KS4 students are following the Edexcel Linear Exam scheme of work which we begin teaching at the start of Year 9. Each student in maths has one A3 sized exercise book.

Homework is set via email once a week.  It will consist of ten mixed topic questions.

We are following the OCR A syllabus for KS5 Maths.

KS4 students who wish to complete A Level Maths must get at least a grade number 6 in their Maths GCSE.

If a student wishes to study A Level Further Maths they must get a grade number 8 in GCSE Maths.


M. Barratt Head of Maths  
M. Prance KS3 Co-ordinator  
B. Adie Teacher of Mathematics  
A. Turnock KS4 Co-ordinator
G. Turl Teacher of Mathematics/G&T  
D. Kumar Teacher of Mathematics
T. Mann Teacher of Mathematics


Year 7 and 8
Students in Years 7 and 8 develop and practise core maths skills in all of the five main areas. The emphasis is on fluency in these skills and to encourage students to develop their problem solving skills and the application of mathematics.
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• Applying mathematics to solve problems

• Place value, ordering and rounding

• Integers, powers and roots

• Fractions, decimals and percentages

• Ratio and proportion

• Number operations

• Mental methods of calculation

• Written methods of calculation

• Calculator methods

• Checking Results

  • Equations formulae and identities
  • Sequences, functions and graphs
  • Algebraic Manipulation
  • Geometrical reasoning
  • Transformations
  • Coordinates
  • Construction
  • Measures and mensuration
  • Geometrical Properties

• Specifying a problem and planning

• Collecting data

• Processing and representing data

• Interpreting and discussing results

• Probabilty


Students in Years 9, 10 and 11 follow the Edexcel GCSE Syllabus.


Maths in the Sixth Form at CVCC

We are following the OCR A scheme of work with all Post 16 students.  A student in Year 12 would need to achieve at least grade D in the AS exams in order to progress into Year 13.


Year 12 Maths

All students will complete two AS papers at the end of Year 12:

Pure and Statistics  90 mins  75 marks

Pure and Mechanics  90 mins  75 marks


Year 13 A2 Maths

All students follow the OCR A course. Students take three exams at the end of Year 13:

Pure Maths  2 hours  100 marks

Pure and Statistics  2 hours  100 marks

Pure and Mechanics  2 hours  100 marks


We also offer Further Maths with the same exam board (OCR A). We have a choice of modules which will be discussed with the students when they start the course.


Year 12 students will complete three AS papers

Year 13 students will complete three A2 papers