The Grove Academy provides all pupils who attend “A Chance to Succeed”. The mathematics department recognises that pupils who attend TGA may have negative attitudes towards maths and poor confidence in the subject. Maths at The Grove Academy aims to provide opportunities for pupils to enjoy success, build skills, overcome challenges and make progress.

Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3, all pupils have four lessons of maths a week.

One lesson a week focuses entirely on basic numeracy – mental and written methods for adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing as well as working with fractions, decimals and percentages.

The other lessons cover units from the National Curriculum:

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Geometry (Shape and Space)
  • Measures
  • Probability
  • Statistics

Maths lessons are interactive, with plenty of opportunities for pupils to answer questions, explain their thinking and make connections. All lessons include time for pupils to practice their maths skills so that they can gain in confidence. Websites such as Hegarty Maths are used to provide further opportunities for practice and reinforcement.

We believe that calculators should not be used as a substitute for good written and mental arithmetic. Calculators are only used to support pupils’ exploration and conceptual understanding of more complex problems.

Maths lessons provide opportunities for pupils to solve problems, applying a range of mathematics to real-world situations. Practical activities are used to help pupils see the relevance of mathematics to the real-world. Puzzles and open-ended investigations are used to encourage creativity and decision-making and to promote discussion around ‘what-if’ and ‘why’ questions.

Key Stage 4

In Key Stage 4, all pupils have five lessons of maths a week. As Key Stage 3, one lesson a week focuses on numeracy topics. One other lesson tends to focus on statistics. The other lessons cover units from the GCSE Specification.

At Key Stage 4, pupils follow a variety of pathways, leading to qualification in:

  • GCSE Mathematics (AQA): Foundation (Grades 1-5) or Higher Level (Grades 4-9)
  • Functional Skills Mathematics (EdExcel): Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2


  • ELC (Entry Level Certificate) Mathematics


Pupils are assessed when they first join us so that we can identify and address any misconceptions or missing maths skills during their time at The Grove Academy. Regular assessment of pupils’ work and unit tests helps teachers and pupils understand how much progress is being made in lessons.

Useful Websites

Key Stage 3 pupils have usernames and passwords to access:

Key Stage 4 (GCSE) pupils have a username and password to access CGP Maths Buster Online Revision and Practice Website at