GCSE Mathematics

Ashbourne’s Maths Faculty is home to a fantastic team of specialist Maths teachers who have helped our students achieve consistently outstanding results. At Ashbourne, Maths is viewed as a key subject equipping students with vital skills they will be able to carry with them throughout their lives.

Why study Maths?

From seemingly basic activities like measuring ingredients to bake a cake or working out how much it will cost for an extra 500mb of data on your phone to detailed calculations for building a house or developing a network that links up millions of people, Maths is an integral part of our lives.

Maths provides us with a language of numbers, symbols and formulae to describe, understand and create the world around us and to predict how things might change over time and circumstance. It is an excellent subject to help develop your problem-solving, analytical and research skills.

Which syllabus do we follow?

Ashbourne follows the Edexcel specification for GCSE Maths.

What is covered in this course?

Students explore the key elements and principles relating to six topics: number (structure and calculation; fractions, decimals and percentage; and measures and accuracy); algebra (notation, vocabulary and manipulation; graphs; solving equations and inequalities; and sequences); ratio, proportional and rates of change; geometry and measures (properties and constructions; mensurations and calculation; and vectors), probability; and statistics.

They will learn how to answer all types of exam questions and get plenty of past paper practice. Students sit three final exams (1 hour 30 each) covering all topics.

Who teaches this course?

Richard Clark

MMaths integrated masters (Bath University); PGCE Secondary Maths (Oxford University)

Richard has experience teaching Maths from pre-GCSE level all the way up to first year undergraduate. He has taught in both state and private sector schools in the UK and Australia. Richard also worked as a software developer for a company providing services for major UK retailers. He currently teaches GCSE and A level Maths at Ashbourne.

Rupinder Dhillon

BSC Industrial and Natural Resource Chemistry (Brunel); PGCE (Brunel)

Rupinder is a dynamic and passionate Maths teacher who has been working at Ashbourne for many years. Combined with her love for teaching, her positive personality and sense of humour she is committed to encouraging an uncompromising work ethic amongst her students.

Madeeha Saad

MSc Medical Statistics (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London); BSc (Hons) Mathematical Sciences (Open Univeristy); BSc Mathematics (Government Kinnaird College Women, Pakistan)

Madeeha is an experienced Maths teachers of all levels including Further Maths. She has been teaching for more than 17 years and has also been an assistant examiner for the Edexcel board.


Why Choose Ashbourne College?
I was drawn to apply to Ashbourne at first based on their phenomenal reputation in the UK, but the reality far exceeded my expectations… No single teacher had the same approach to teaching a subject, which was much more refreshing than the standard lecture & questions approach. From team quizzes during revision period, to weekly workbooks matching the syllabus – the organisation and creativity of my tutors really helped the content stick in my head, which made revision easier when exams came around. My personal tutor was extremely supportive throughout my UCAS application. He would reply emails near instantly if I had any questions, be on hand for regular support when I needed it and loaned me materials to read directly related to my chosen course – Law. Albeit slightly frustrating with the constant tweaking required to my personal statement every week, this was more of a fine tuning process as he would not stop until he knew my personal statement was as perfect as it could be, and I am very grateful for his determination! The hard work and determination required of you at Ashbourne really set me up for life at university as I knew what I had to do to stay ahead and still even applied revision tactics and tips from Ashbourne tutors to my final year of my law degree
NatashaLaw at Queen Mary (University of London); Legal Practice Course (LPC) at BPP Law School
Has been given the opportunity to study in a focused and mature way and has thrived in that environment
Your experience at Ashbourne will most certainly be informative, but its zenith is educational. To be informed is to be empowered, but to be educated is to be enlightened
Dr Barry RhuleMathematics and Physics Tutor