Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline which is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. At Thistley Hough Academy, we provide a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.

The Mathematics department aims to ensure that all pupils:
  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately
  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
  • can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and nonroutine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
Curriculum and assessment

Students will follow a 5-year curriculum which prepares them for a GCSE in Mathematics which will be completed at the end of year 11. This examination is tiered, so students will work towards either the Higher or Foundation paper. Each tier consists of 3 1.5 hour papers (1 non-calculator, 2 calculator). Students will complete the AQA GCSE Mathematics.

The curriculum is split into 6 main themes:

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Ratio, proportion and rates of change
  • Geometry and measures
  • Probability
  • Statistics

Students are assessed regularly throughout their time at the academy to prepare them for their formal examinations.

Supporting your child at home

All students at the academy have access to MathsWatch – a useful revision tool which includes videos, worksheets and self-marking interactive questions. Students have been provided with individual login details by their class teachers.


There is a mathematics club for students on where they can take part in a range of activities depending on their interest including entering national problem solving competitions.

There are a variety of trips organised at different times of the year to support students with an interest in careers in mathematics; trips have included Oxford University,

Every year, students take part in the UKMT Individual Maths Challenges; lively, intriguing multiple-choice question papers, which are designed to stimulate interest in mathematics. The three levels cover the secondary school range 11-18 and together they attract over 600,000 entries from over 4000 schools and colleges.