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Message from Head of Department – Mr Joseph

Welcome to the Maths Department at Forest Hill School. I would like to give you a brief summary of the Department. I am particularly proud of the results at all key stages. For the last two years we have averaged 80% grades A*-C at GCSE and last year 17% of students gained GCSE A or A* grades.

We have gained a Centre of Excellence Award in the use of ICT and Mathematics. In addition, we are the major teaching school for Mathematics for Goldsmiths College in their Teacher Training Programme. The ethos of the Maths Department is that Mathematics encompasses all aspects of everyday life and, as such, we focus on the use of Mathematics in the real world and encourage our pupils to become independent learners in the subject. Ofsted found that "The teaching focuses on promoting students' understanding of mathematical concepts by providing ready examples of how they apply real problems to the wider world" (Ofsted Report Nov 2013). We also focus on the more abstract nature of the subject to prepare our pupils for studying Mathematics in Higher Education and to develop their thinking and learning skills.

We also encourage our pupils to have fun with the subject and take part in National Maths Challenge competitions and Maths Puzzle Club.




In line with the changes in the curriculum at KS3, our pupils do investigative project-based work. We aim to develop their thinking and learning skills and their abilities to work in groups.

We focus on maths in the real world and we do educational visits which feed into other subject areas.



Edexcel GCSE Maths A (1MA0)

All students sit GCSE Mathematics at the end of Year 11.  From 2017 this will be the new style GCSE qualification, details of which can be found below. 

In addition to this top set students have the opportunity to take an additional advanced mathematics qualification (OCR Free Standing Mathematics Qualification 6993).  All other students have the opportunity to take GCSE Statistics (Edexcel).

We link the work we do in the classroom to the real world and, as such, have organised trips to the London Metal Exchange, PriceWaterHouseCoopers and the Royal Bank of Scotland, to name but three.

New GCSE Mathematics Qualification (from 2017)

Calling all GCSE students - click here to access maths podcasts on various topics - download them to your iPod or MP3 player - you could even drift off to sleep listening to them - an excellent easy way to reinforce learning!

 PiXL Maths App

Students can log in to the PiXL Maths App here.



Edexcel GCE Mathematics

At KS5 we offer a range of courses, for example, GCSE re-take, AS Maths, A Level Maths and Further Maths. We believe in giving our students the best chance of expanding their mathematical knowledge, and gearing them for Higher Education.

We retain a substantial number of our pupils from KS4 to KS5 in our subject area. Currently we have over 40 pupils studying AS Maths with us. We organise visits to leading universities. We have a large number of these pupils to read Mathematics at universities including Oxford and Cambridge.

Click here for a list of recommended reading for students studying or planning to study maths at KS5.  The University of Cambridge's Faculty of Mathematics has also produced a Mathematical Reading List for A level students intending to study maths at university.

Extra Curricular

For our year 7 pupils we run, in conjunction with the School Library, the Maths Puzzle Club, where the pupils get to play various maths puzzles: Sudoku, chess and tackle ‘brain-teasers.’

At KS4 and KS5 we run revision classes to reinforce and enhance the pupils’ learning.

Click on the link below for more information: