"Without Mathematics, there’s nothing you can do. Everything around you is Mathematics.

Everything around you is numbers."

Shakuntala Devi


Mathematics Department Staff

For more information about the Subject curriculum, please contact: Mrs R Llewellyn-Ball the Curriculum Leader

  • Mrs R Llewellyn-Ball - Curriculum Leader
  • Mr D Blackburn - Second in Department
  • Mr S Copner - Teacher of Maths
  • Miss H Corner - Teacher of Maths
  • Mr M Daniels - Teacher of Maths
  • Mr J Harris - Teacher of Maths
  • Mr G Jennings - Teacher of Maths (Head of Worden) 
  • Mr P Paize - Teacher of Maths
  • Mrs C Speakman - Teacher of Maths 


"Pure Maths is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas." Albert Einstein

Balshaw's Maths Department seek to foster a love of the language of Mathematics and equip students with the problem-solving strategies and Mathematical skills they will need in the future.

Key Stage 3

All students, whatever their starting point follow the KS3 National Curriculum studying all 6 strands of:

• Number

• Algebra

• Ratio, proportion and rates of change

• Geometry and Measures

• Probability

• Statistics

Students are placed in mixed prior attainment groups and are encouraged to aim high with “teaching to the top” and scaffolding to support all students.

For more information, please below:





Key Stage 4 and GCSE

The Mathematics Department at Balshaw’s enter all students for the AQA Mathematics GCSE. We follow the AQA route map which allows for plenty pf problem solving activities, retrieval practice and interleaving of the subject. Students may be entered for either:

· Higher Tier GCSE Mathematics (grades 9 – 4)

· Foundation Tier GCSE Mathematics (grades 5 – 1)

For more information, please see below.

Year 10



Year 11



Assessment in Mathematics at Balshaw's


 Numeracy is a ‘number sense’ giving the ability to cope with the mathematical demands of further education, employment, and adult life. This includes: 

  • The ability to carry out basic calculations efficiently and accurately, either mentally or with pencil and paper as appropriate. 
  • The ability to apply knowledge of number to both familiar and new circumstances and to use it in the solution of problems, including those involving percentages, ratio, and proportion.  
  • The ability to understand and use units of measurement of length, mass, capacity, and time. 
  • The ability to understand and use information presented in graphs, tables, and charts.

At Balshaw's we endeavour to ensure our students leave as well-rounded students, ready for their future.  Being numerate allows us to function responsibly in everyday life through being able to hold down a good job as well as taking on responsibilities as a householder – paying the bills, finding the right deals etc. 

To support our staff in delivering numeracy, we have created a handbook which details the roles and responsibilities of all staff, as well as guidance and support. 

Numeracy Across the Curriculum

To support our staff in ensuring consistency in delivery of numeracy we have created a 'how to' booklet of methods that are taught in Mathematics lessons. This booklet is also to support parents in helping with children's numeracy at home. 

Numeracy Across the Curriculum Skills Support Booklet


Extra Resources

  • BBC Bitesize - this has lots of online lessons and assessments
  • Corbettmaths - this has lots of videos, worksheets and exam type questions
  • Just Maths - ask your teacher for your login
  • Keshmaths - exam type questions