Maths is a fundamental life skill it helps us identify patterns and builds structure in our lives.  Along with English Language it is a cornerstone of education, facilitating the further study not just of Mathematics but many other subjects.

All our Mathematics teachers are subject specialists who are passionately committed to achievement in their subject. They work hard to find creative and inspiring ways to teach the core skills of their subject. The lessons are 90 minutes which give plenty of time to learn and apply the concepts in the classroom. Then prep is set in the topic which will further cement the learning. For the more gifted and able mathematician there are plenty of opportunities and challenges. Maida Vale School regularly submits students for national maths challenges.

Ability in Maths can vary which is why at Maida Vale School we offer students the choice of two Maths papers at GCSE – Maths and Foundation Maths. The former covers the whole syllabus and grades students 1-9 while the latter takes core elements and grades up to 5.

GCSE Maths

Covers the following areas:

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Ratio, proportion and rates of change
  • Geometry and measure
  • Probability
  • Statistics

IGCSE Mathematics consists of a Foundation tier (grades 1 – 5) and a Higher tier (grades 4 – 9).  Pupils must take two question papers both from the same tier and the papers must be taken in the same series. Both papers allow use of a calculator.

The information in the table below is the same for both Foundation and Higher tiers. The Subject content section shows the content that is assessed in each tier

There are 2 Papers at GCSE

What is assessed?

Content from any part of the specification may be assessed

How is it assessed?

  • Written exam: 2 hours
  • 100 marks
  • Calculator allowed
  • 50% of the IGCSE Mathematics assessment


A mix of question styles, allowing Pupils to demonstrate problem solving and mathematical reasoning skills. The mathematical difficulty increases as a Pupil progresses through the paper.