Conisborough College Entrance


At Key Stage 3 students are placed in ability groups in the first half term of coming to Conisborough College (in Year 7) and are regularly tested, regrouped and monitored to check their progress.

Key Stage 3

Homework is set on a regular basis on MyMaths website, where students have their own personal login and can track their progress.

In all Year groups students will experience investigative and problem-solving exercises, as well as developing mental maths and number skills.  Practical equipment and calculators are used regularly in all year groups, so it is important that students have their own mathematical equipment.  Homework will be checked regularly and throughout this time, students could be re-grouped according to their test results and general progress.

Key Stage 4 Course Content

  • Maths remains a compulsory subject.
  • Students will develop key knowledge, skills and understanding in the following areas:
    Number, Algebra, Geometry, Measures, Proportion, Statistics and Probability
  • Math skills are focussed on three strands: functional skills, reasoning and problem solving.  Students will develop these skills throughout their time at Conisborough and will be tested on them during their GCSE Maths tests and assessments throughout Year 11.
  • Students will also learn to apply their knowledge and skills to real life functional situations and communicate their results in a variety of forms.

Examination Details:

  • GCSE exams take place in Year 11.
  • Students follow the new 2015 Edexcel GCSE Mathematics 9-1 specification 1MA1. There is emphasis on problem solving and mathematical reasoning, with more marks being allocated to these higher order skills.
  • The three assessment objectives are AO1: applying standard techniques, 50% foundation and 40% higher; AO2: reasoning, interpreting and communicating, 25% foundation 30% higher; AO3: solving non-routine problems in mathematical and non-mathematical contexts, 25% foundation 30% higher.
  • Students sit 3 papers at the end of Year 11: Paper 1 Non-Calculator; Paper 2 Calculator; Paper 3 Calculator. All 3 exam papers are marked out of 80.

Career Opportunities

A good knowledge of maths demonstrates logical thinking skills which are desirable in any career.

Maths specific career paths include Aviation, Computer Programming, Engineering, Economics, Financial Analysis, Physics, Research (in many fields of expertise) and of course Teaching.


The statistics course comprises of the following key skills;

  • Planning and data collection
  • Processing, representing and analysing data
  • Reasoning, interpreting and discussing results
  • Probability

Studying Statistics encourages problem-solving and complements the GCSE Mathematics curriculum.  GCSE Statistics emphasises the theoretical, practical and applied nature of Mathematics.  It is engaging and enriching, enhances key disciplines and supports progression through statistics and other related disciplines.

Exam Details

100% Exam

Career Opportunities

Banking and Finance, Actuarial, Operational Research, Computing, Engineering, Advertising, Statistician, Government

For more information on this or other specific subjects, please contact the relevant Curriculum Lead via email using the Staff List

Paper Copies

If you require a printed copy of any of the school’s polices or any other information on our website, please contact the school and we will be happy to provide it.

From our 2019 report

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