“Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty — a beauty cold and austere, like that of sculpture, without appeal to any part of our weaker nature, without the gorgeous trappings of painting or music, yet sublimely pure, and capable of a stern perfection such as only the greatest art can show.” – Bertrand Russell

Key Stage 3

Students have two lessons of Mathematics a week. In Year 7, students have an extra 35 minute lesson which focuses on using ICT within a mathematical scenario. The aim of the course is to:

  • develop fluency with number and algebra
  • reason mathematically extending their understanding of mathematical proof
  • develop their mathematical knowledge, in part through solving problems and evaluating the outcomes, including multi-step problems
  • develop their use of formal mathematical knowledge to interpret and solve problems, including in financial mathematics
  • begin to model situations mathematically and express the results using a range of formal mathematical representations
  • select appropriate concepts, methods and techniques to apply to unfamiliar and non-routine problems


Key Stage 4

Students follow the Higher Tier GCSE Edexcel Mathematics linear course and are streamed for the course. Students develop the ability to:

  • acquire and use problem-solving strategies
  • select and apply mathematical techniques and methods in mathematical, every day and real-world situations
  • reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences and draw conclusions
  • interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context.


Key Stage 5

Students follow the OCR Mathematics specification. Both Mathematics and Further Mathematics courses are offered by the school. We aim to:

  • develop their understanding of mathematics and mathematical processes in a way that promotes confidence and fosters enjoyment
  • develop abilities to reason logically, to generalise and to construct mathematical proofs
  • extend their range of mathematical skills and techniques and use them in more difficult, unstructured problems
  • take responsibility for their own learning and the evaluation of their own mathematical development.
Maths Curriculum Breakdown for each Key Stage

Curriculum activities and trips

All students in Years 7 to 11 participate in the UKMT Mathematics Challenge competition. Students are also encouraged to think about Maths beyond the syllabus by attending talks and lectures on a series of different topics. In the past this has included: coding and the Enigma Machine, Maths in Action conference, BP Trading Game. Students have also attended the Big Bang Fair which is a national event celebrating science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Maths at HBS is Mathemagical!
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