Ryedale School

Ryedale School is committed to combining the very best educational provision with high expectations and traditional values. In doing so we challenge and support students both to fulfil their academic potential and become exemplary young people of whom we can all be proud.This unites us in our commitment to ‘Aspire and Achieve’

Our students are given every opportunity to engage in new and fulfilling experiences, from the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme to the range of trips available during Enrichment Days, there is so much on offer to challenge and inspire our students.Musical performances take place throughout the year, with opportunities for parents and the local community to see our students perform to an exceptional standard.The wide variety of extra-curricular activities complements our engaging and inspirational curriculum perfectly.Sport is an integral part of our school life. Students have access to over 90 clubs and house matches across the school year.We believe that knowledge changes the way we see the world. It is our duty and privilege to show our students the best that has ever been thought, said, made, played and discovered.Our exceptional curriculum identifies invaluable knowledge, skills and big ideas in each subject area.We instil in our students a desire to improve their performance, to broaden their horizons and to think independently.High expectations and traditional values are hallmarks of our school.



Our Vision

We believe that it is important for students to foster a positive attitude and love of the subject. It is essential to provide all pupils the necessary skills beyond school and for life in a numerate world. Through problem solving tasks and lessons that promote a deep understanding of the subject we will provide opportunities for students to develop their independent skills, as well as working as a group. We will challenge pupils and parents to have an open mind-set in an environment where maths is a ‘can do’ subject and help develop a greater confidence in our pupils.





The Maths Curriculum

Head of Maths

Mr Chris Butterworth



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GCSE Course Information


The main aims of the course are to allow and encourage students to develop an ability to think mathematically i.e. precisely, logically and creatively; they will also develop understanding of mathematical concepts and how to communicate them effectively. 


Through independent and co-operative study, students will develop an appreciation of how maths can be used in their own lives as well as the place of maths in society as a whole. 

Maths underpins many other subjects; this course gives students a firm foundation for further study across the curriculum. 



Number – arithmetic, fractions, percentages, application to finance, powers and estimating;  

Algebra – algebraic manipulation, equations, formulae, graphs and sequences;  

Ratio, proportion and rates of change - measures, scale factors, maps, ratio, proportion, percentage and speed;  

Geometry and measures – angles, construction, 2D and 3D shapes, Pythagoras, area, volume, trigonometry, vectors and similarity;  

Probability – experimental and theoretical probability, outcomes and combined events;  

 Statistics – averages, charts, cumulative frequency, histogram and scatter graph;




Assessment is based on 3 examinations taken at the end of Year 11.  

Each exam is 1 hour 30 mins long and will be a mix of short single mark questions and multi-step problems. 

Students are expected to be competent at mental and written calculation to solve problems and interpret the result. 




Year 9 is a preparatory year developing the knowledge and skills essential to a successful GCSE. This will be built upon in Years 10 and 11 where topics will be studied at greater depth. 

Students are placed in sets based on their Year 8 achievement. The sets are constantly reviewed to ensure students are in the best group to support their ability. Students will follow either the Foundation course (1-5) or the Higher course (4-9). Final decisions regarding tier entry are made in Year 11. 

Additional Maths will be offered as an extra course to the most able students and is usually delivered across Year 10 and 11. 

Entry Level Certificate will be available for those students working below grade 2. 


GCSE Specification - https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/mathematics/specifications/AQA-8300-SP-2015.

Extra-Curricular and Enrichment

Puzzle Club (Open to all year groups)

UKMT Junior Maths Challenge (Year 7 & 8)

UKMT Intermediate Maths Challenge (Year 9 & 10)

FSMQ - Additional Maths (Year 10 & 11)

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