About Stone Soup Academy

You will find key information regarding our admission arrangements, our history and ethos and links to key documentation.

Studying at Stone Soup Academy

Information on our courses, what our students can expect, what we expect in return.

Introduction from the Principal

Introduction from the Principal summarising the core principles of the school and our journey so far


Aims of the Department:
Maths is taught by a dedicated team of teachers. Their aim is to promote and develop high standards of numeracy and maths skills to enable students to fulfil their potential so they can progress to their next stage of education.



Year 11:
Students are encouraged to pursue the GCSE syllabus with the AQA exam board. This could be either at the Foundation or Higher level. For the first half of the academic year students follow an accelerated course designed to equip them for these exams. The remainder of the year is spent revising these skills and looking at specimen maths papers. From these specimen papers individual revision topics are selected.

For some students the Functional Skills exams are more appropriate and these tests are accessed by students in November, March and July.

Year 10:
All year 10 students follow the same syllabus as the year 11 students. During the exam entry phase of the year individual students are assessed as to ‘exam readiness’. Many of the students will be entered for the GCSE exam. Those students not ready will continue to take Functional Skills exams and will be prepared for GCSE entry in year 11.

Students who achieve a good exam grade in year 10 will either progress onto the Further Maths GCSE or will be encouraged to aim for a higher grade in year 11.


The GCSE paper comprises of three 90 minute papers covering the 5 areas of maths – number, algebra, shape space and measure, statistics and ratio and probability. Paper 1 is a non-calculator paper and papers 2 and 3 require the use of a calculator.