St Bede's Inter-Church School

St Bede’s Inter-Church School

“Cum Deo - With God”  •  Cambridge
St Bede’s Free School Go
Ofsted Outstanding


We believe all students have the right to leave St Bede's as positive, confident and capable Mathematicians, able to communicate and use mathematics as an everyday skill.  

We recognise that students best reach their full potential through working in a supportive atmosphere and have high expectations of all students, regardless of ability. Therefore, we strive for an environment in which students are not afraid to make mistakes, one which fosters self-confidence and a growth mind set, as well as one where students feel challenged.


Mrs C E Lanham (Head of Faculty of Mathematics)

Mrs H Barry (Teacher of Mathematics)

Mrs R Boparai (Teacher of Mathematics)

Mr K Ellingham (Teacher of Mathematics)

Mrs G Schake (Teacher of Mathematics)

Dr A Smith (Second in Mathematics)

Miss R Watts (Teacher of Mathematics)


Specialised equipment required:

Black pen (biro or fountain pen)

HB pencil

30cm ruler


Pencil sharpener

Protractor (180 degrees) – clear not coloured

A pair of compasses

Scientific calculator, preferably Casio – this may be purchased via the Finance office

Coloured pencils

Fine tip coloured pens - optional


Due to the progressive nature of the Mathematics curriculum, all material covered within Key Stage 3 builds upon Key Stage 2 content, and similarly Key Stage 4 is developed from Key Stage 3.

Key Stage 3:

In Years 7 and 8, the curriculum is broken up into three termly sessions, each containing four units. Number, Algebra and Geometry are covered each term, with the fourth unit being Probability, Statistics and Proportion, Ratio and Rates depending on the term.

In Year 9, students cover material from all areas of Mathematics: Number, Algebra, Geometry and Measure, Probability, Statistics and Proportion, Ratio and Rates.


Key Stage 4:

In Year 10 and 11, students follow a scheme of work where a topic in each Mathematical area is tackled in sequence, to ensure coverage and variety. In addition, emphasis is placed on Using and Applying Knowledge, as the ‘new’ GCSE requires a higher level of both Mathematical Reasoning and Problem Solving.  The pace of lessons, and therefore the material covered, is dependent upon the students' ability.

The GCSE syllabus we are currently following is AQA 8300. Some students may also sit AQA Entry Level Certificate.

Trips/activities undertaken:

Year group

Please note all of the below are, by their nature, by invitation only

Years 7, 8 and 9

·         United Kingdom Maths Trust Team Challenge

Year 8


·         Masterclasses run by the University of Cambridge

Years 7 and 8


·         Junior Maths Challenge

·         Junior Maths Olympiad

·         Junior Kangaroo

Years 9, 10 and 11


·         Intermediate Maths Challenge

·         Intermediate Maths Olympiad

·         Pink Kangaroo

·         Grey Kangaroo