S. Anselm's

A full boarding and day school for boys and girls from Nursery to 16

Mathematics at S. Anselm's College


Mathematics in the College continues with the high standards and ethos that is set in the Prep School.

Pupils start their GCSE course in Year 9 (Kinder). The College follows the reformed Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9–1) syllabus, which builds upon the foundations set at Common Entrance. The syllabus time comprises of both traditional teaching and cross-curricular projects. Class time utilises cutting-edge textbooks and materials that follow the new specifications for the subject. The cross-curricular projects form part of topic weeks and one-off sessions, where pupils will be encouraged to engage in problems revolving around a number of subjects. The aim of this is to increase the awareness of Maths and its validity in everyday life. It also gets the College pupils used to the style of GCSE, which has a large problem solving element. This balance between teaching and projects will keep pupils engaged and also keep the focus of progression towards GCSE.

A variety of teaching styles are used and we are fortunate to have interactive whiteboards to facilitate teaching and learning. We try to make lessons as fun and engaging as possible. The use of mental warm ups, discussions and games are standard practice, stimulating the children and consolidating their learning without them even realising it. Pupils may be entered in the UKMT Intermediate Maths Challenge and Team Maths Challenge to further stretch the more able mathematicians.

GCSE Mathematics at S. Anselm's College

Aims and objectives

The aims and objectives of the Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9–1) in Mathematics are to enable students to:

  • develop fluent knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts
  • acquire, select and apply mathematical techniques to solve problems
  • reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences, and draw conclusions
  • comprehend, interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context.


GCSE content and assessment information

Assessments in Mathematics cover the following six content areas:

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

The GCSE qualification consists of three equally-weighted written examination papers at either Foundation tier (1 to 5) or Higher tier (4 to 9).

  • each paper is 1 hour and 30 minutes long and is 80 marks. Each paper is worth 331/3%  of the GCSE.
  • paper 1 is a non-calculator assessment and a calculator is allowed for Paper 2 and Paper 3.
  • the content outlined for each tier will be assessed across all three papers.
  • each paper has a range of question types; some questions will be set in both mathematical and non-mathematical contexts.
  • being able to solve real world problems by applying mathematical knowledge is a major part of the course.