“The study of mathematics, like the Nile, begins in minuteness but ends in magnificence. ”

Charles Caleb Colton


Michael Fannen Head of Department
Neil Turner Second in Department
Dorenda Turner Teacher of Mathematics
Paul Martin Assistant Principal and Teacher of Mathematics
Linda Akitt Teacher of Mathematics
Phil Baines Associate Director of Maths


The Mathematics Department at Outwood Academy Ripon is staffed by 6 enthusiastic teachers. The department is committed to helping our students develop their subject knowledge and gain the confidence to apply the skills learnt in problem solving.
The department use a variety of teaching and learning methods, incorporating both individual and group activities, which develop each pupil’s written, oral and practical skills.
We set the students from the start of Year 7 to enable them to make best progress. These settings are reviewed regularly to ensure that all learners are in the most appropriate environment for continual progress. The GCSE course begins for all students in Year 9, with half termly assessments taken to monitor progress. GCSE classes are supported by an Option Maths course to intervene with students wanting to achieve above and beyond their target grade.
The Academy also offers an A level mathematics course in Year 12 and 13 covering the AQA topics such as calculus, sequences/series, the normal distribution, mechanics and statistics.

Key Stage 3

Students in years 7, 8 and 9 follow a mastery curriculum. Our mastery curriculum is designed to follow the Key Stage 3 National Curriculum issued by the Department of Education, which builds on prior learning from primary school and leads to further study at GCSE. Whilst the topic may seem familiar to students from prior learning, students are now expected to develop this learning and be able to apply it in a range of increasingly complex problems across all areas of the maths curriculum. They are also expected to develop their reasoning skills and be expected to be able to recognise when it is appropriate to apply specific mathematical techniques to problem solving questions outside the regular context of learning.
The whole class works together on the same topic, whilst at the same time addressing the need for all pupils to master the curriculum and for some to gain greater depth and understanding. Challenge is provided by going deeper rather than accelerating into new mathematical content. Teaching is focused, rigorous and thorough, to ensure that learning is sufficiently embedded and sustainable over time. Long term gaps in learning are prevented through speedy teacher intervention. More time is spent on teaching topics to allow for the development of depth and sufficient practice to embed learning. Carefully crafted lesson design provides a scaffolded, conceptual journey through the mathematics, engaging pupils in reasoning and the development of mathematical thinking.
Students will continue to be assessed at key points throughout the year this assessment will be a mix of mastery questions on the theme previously taught and traditional GCSE style questions.


Key Stage 4
Mathematics GCSE – Edexcel (QAN code 60147003)
Maths is a linear GCSE course designed to finish at the end of year 11. Maths is a core subject, which means that everyone will take a course leading to a GCSE in this subject. A pass in the new GCSE is at level 5 or higher which is a very important qualification, together with a similar qualification in English, it is a gateway to many careers and study at higher levels.
Students who are not making expected progress in Maths at the end of Year 8 or 10 will study additional periods of Maths to help boost their grade. This will be through Option Maths (in place of one of their three options). All other students will continue to progress as usual.

Every student is continually assessed each lesson and is afforded plenty of opportunities to reflect on their learning and identify areas that require development to ensure they make the best progress in maths.
Formal assessment takes place once every half term. SATs and GCSE papers are used to accurately assess a student’s current level or grade and track progression.
Homework is usually set weekly and is often in the form of a mymaths online task which will consolidate and build upon the learning in the lessons. Mymaths will work on any home computer which has Flash Player installed. You can also now access mymaths from an iPad by using the free ‘Puffin Academy’ app which can be accessed by following the link below.
My Maths App

Key Stage 5

The department currently offers 2 course at level 3 in years 12 and 13.
Mathematics A-Level – AQA 6360 (QAN code 10034080)
Core Maths: Mathematics in Context Pearson/Edexcel 7MC0 (QAN code 601/4857/3)

Past Papers and Mark Schemes