Mathematics is making sense of the world through the language of number. Mathematics is the science that deals with the logic of shape, quantity and arrangement. Mathematics is all around us, in everything we do. It is the building block for everything in our daily lives, including mobile devices, architecture (ancient and modern), art, money, engineering, and even sports. Mathematics is used every day and it’s how we solve puzzles and everyday problems. Mathematics is really the logic and reasoning behind everything we do. Mathematics is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment.


As a school we deliver a curriculum that enables all to achieve at their own level, to develop their skills, fluency and ability to reason and problem solve. With all the topics the students will be studying, they will be developing ‘mathematical process’ skills, which include reasoning, analysis and evaluation.

At Burnley High, mathematics is taught in ability sets: this means the more-able children will be stretched, while children who struggle with maths will take things more slowly, and be given more support.

Our curriculum aims to empower all students to develop a strong foundation of core knowledge and a flexible set of Mathematical skills to meet the requirements of the 9-1 GCSE specification. These requirements are assessed in three key areas:

Fluency- developing conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately

Problem Solving- applying their Mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems

Reasoning- following lines of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing arguments, justifications or proof

We aim to engage students in each of these areas with lessons that are accessible to all but appropriately challenging and that develop core Mathematical knowledge and skills.



Teaching is primarily based on the National Curriculum programmes of study and GCSE Mathematics Specification (OCR)

We believe a firm grasp of key concepts and processes in mathematics is essential to equip students to be comfortable and confident with mathematics. We aim for students to leave school with these skills and are able to then flourish in their chosen career path. The curriculum content includes Number, Algebra, Geometry and Measure, Probability and Statistics. Students study material from each of these areas throughout the Key Stages at a level appropriate to their ability. They are expected to apply their knowledge in a variety of contexts.

Our focus in KS3 is about setting firm foundations for GCSE and beyond. Thus, by the end of Year 11, the students will be ready for the Higher/Foundation tier GCSE entry.


The GCSE course is begun formally in Year 10 and follows on seamlessly from work covered in the lower years. There is an increasing emphasis on problem solving as only 40-50% of GCSE exam marks are for use of standard techniques. The remaining marks are for reasoning, interpreting, communication and problem solving. Students will be given very few formulae in the exam so we expect them to learn the formulae as they come across them in lessons. Students will be given plenty of practice through classwork, homework, problem solving assignments, tests and examinations. The use of ICT will be encouraged to enhance the learning process and to develop wider skills.

We also enter students in Year 10 for the GCSE Statistics Exam (Edexcel). This is an extra GCSE at the end of Year 10, hence focusing completely in Year 11 on the GCSE Mathematics (OCR)

We extend our top sets beyond National Curriculum expectations, both in depth and breadth of study. In some cases, exceptionally able students may follow a programme of study leading to qualifications such as the level 2 AQA Certificate in Further Mathematics.

At Home Learning:

Homework plays a vital role in maximising the progress students make. Independent learning through homework will give them the key skills, knowledge, self-management, creativity and resilience required to succeed not only in the subjects they study but also for the rest of their life.

Students are expected to complete homework either via Mathswatch or written tasks. At KS3 this will be up to 30 minutes and at KS4 up to 1hr per week.


Independent learning is essential. The maths department focus on various revision techniques and use various on line packages to assist in this process.


Students are expected to have a pen, pencil, ruler, compasses, protractor and a scientific calculator.


The mathematics department at Burnley High school consists of 6 full time qualified maths teachers and a HLTA with a specialism in maths. The maths department are passionate in their subject knowledge and their delivery.


Mathematics is a good basis for many careers as it shows evidence of a sound logical mind and of a person who is able to think analytically and lucidly. These are qualities which are essential in a variety of careers such as Engineering, Architecture, Economics, Business Studies, Computing, Accountancy, Psychology, Management, Education, Law, Medicine and Scientific Research.


Burnley High students also participate with the following:

  • NSPCC National Number day
  • Pi day
  • Termly Real Life Maths Activities
  • College and University visits

Staff Quotes:

“I love the beauty of Maths, it is black and white with the answer being right or wrong but it is so colourful with the variety of methods to get to that answer. I love the debate it causes and the delight when students understand. Each topic of so varied and different from each other it never gets boring. I love introducing algebra to students for the first time and seeing then grasp how to use letters in calculations. No one ever thinks Maths is easy – but no one is bad at Maths.” Assistant Head Teacher, Mrs. C. Cragg.

“I have always enjoyed mathematics. I’ve always looked forward to learning new mathematics, and tackling new problems. I like it when you can almost feel the cogs in your head turning. Don’t get me wrong, initially I didn’t want to pursue mathematics as a career. Maths is much more than just a set of numbers (sometimes we use letters too). What really interests me about maths now is how precise and logical it is and how you can find maths in the world around us. Pretty much everything in the world follows some kind of mathematical law. You get a “Maths feeling” when you get a question right as well.” Head of Maths, Mr. P.Patel.

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I love BHS because it really does feel like a family. All staff and students know each other, are extremely supportive of one another and show amazing levels of respect throughout the school. There really isn’t another school like it!”

Miss Yates