Mr P Bruce (Head of Mathematics)
Mr M Green (Assistant Subject Leader of Mathematics)
Mr T Gillbanks (Deputy Headteacher)
Mrs H Ainsworth
Mr I Hebden
Mrs A Myers
Mrs D Papprill
Mr M Webb-Sear

Welcome to the Millthorpe School Mathematics Department webpage, and thank you for your interest in what we do within the department.

If you would like any further information then please contact Mr Bruce (Head of Mathematics) at or Mr Green (Assistant Subject Leader of Mathematics) at and we will be happy to help.

Department Vision and Ethos

At Millthorpe we believe a child’s mathematical education should be centred around an enjoyment of learning mathematics whilst developing thorough understanding of mathematical concepts.  We believe in a Mastery approach to teaching mathematics, whilst at the same time using the most up-to-date strategies to ensure every child makes as much progress as possible.


Curriculum and Assessment

Key Stage 3

During Year 7, Year 8 and the first half-term of Year 9, students will study 14 units across all areas of mathematics.  The units are:

At the beginning of each unit students will complete a ‘Check-In Assessment’ in order to assess their prior knowledge and allow teachers to devise an appropriate sequence of learning.  At the end of each unit, students will complete a ‘Check-Out Assessment’ in order to assess their progress.  Students will also sit a more in-depth assessment at Christmas and at the end of the year.

For more information regarding the Year 7-9 content please download the Curriculum Maps here.

Key Stage 4

In October of Year 9 students will begin their GCSE course.  At Millthorpe School we follow the Pearson Edexcel GCSE Course, and split the course into 24 blocks.  Most students will complete the course by February of Year 11.

At the end of each block, students will be assessed to allow them to track their progress and focus their revision.

For more information regarding the Year 9-11 content please download the Curriculum Maps here.

During Year 11, students will sit 5 exam cycles before their final external examinations.  This normally consists of 3 in-class exams (usually around October, November and February) and 2 sets of PPEs (usually in January and March).



In Year 7 students are generally taught in mixed attainment classes consisting of between 25 and 32 students.

In Year 8 students are split into two parallel year halves, each half of the year has a top set of 32 students and all other students are set in mixed attainment classes.

In Year 9 students will be set more thoroughly in order to make sure every child receives an appropriate level of challenge.

In Years 10 and 11, students will generally remain in the same sets with the same teacher across the two years.  Normally around Easter of Year 11, students will be entered for either the Higher Tier or Foundation Tier of examination.  This decision will be made based upon each student’s prior performance and teacher professional judgement in order to yield the best possible outcome for each student.


At Millthorpe we subscribe to multiple different online resources, including BluTick, Mr Carter Maths and Times Tables Rockstars.  If you require your login for any of these subscriptions please speak to your teacher.

Extra Curricular Activities

Each year students from all year groups participate in the Junior and Senior Mathematics Challenges.  This is an opportunity to compete against students from all over the country both in individual and team challenges with the chance of winning Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards.  Students that achieve exceptionally high scores in their challenges will be invited to participate in the Maths Olympiad, a competition for the brightest mathematicians in the country.

Students can also register their interest in taking part in the Parallel Maths Project.  This project allows students to broaden their mathematical knowledge by completing weekly puzzles related to different mathematical areas.  If your child is interested in taking part please contact Mr Webb-Sear by e-mail ( and he will arrange this.