Welcome to the Mathematics Department – A integral element for the Mathematics and Science Specialist Academy

The mathematics department prides itself on our enthusiasm and passion for the subject. We strive to ensure students share with us our enjoyment for the subject and learn to appreciate the beauty of mathematics both inside the classroom as well as its purpose in the real world.

The department consists of ten mathematics teachers, all of whom teach across all key stages:

Sarah Pullan – Assistant Headteacher and Head of Mathematics

Sarah Dankwa – 2nd in department (KS3 coordinator)

Haidar Bastan-Sarabi – Senior teacher

Mike Kneller – Deputy Headteacher

Shams Shakiba – Mathematics teacher and coordinator of Maths Challenge

Ashwin Beesooa – Mathematics teacher

Natalia Kiskina – Mathematics teacher

Bella Patel – Mathematics teacher

Bader Ahmed – Mathematics teacher

Yashar Bastan-Sarabi – Mathematics teacher

Contact Ms Pullan (Head of Department) for more info:

Head of Mathematics and Assistant Headteacher, Sarah Pullan,

Aims and enrichment


We encourage students to develop confidence in, and a positive attitude towards, mathematics and to recognise the importance of mathematics in their own lives and to society.

 During the two key stages, students will develop knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts. A variety of topics are covered in the strands number, algebra, geometry, measures, probability and statistics. Students are required to their knowledge and understanding to make connections between mathematical concepts as well as apply the functional elements of mathematics in everyday and real-life situations.

The mathematics department supports students in many different ways. Regular revision classes are offered free of charge to all examination classes. Extra revision classes are organised in preparation for the exams in the final weeks prior to their examinations. Extensive on-line resources, PowerPoint presentation lessons and questions covering all the topics can be found on the School’s VLE.

The mathematics department is very proud to state its KS3 results have been in the top 5% of the United Kingdom since 2000, its KS4 results have been in the top 25% of the United Kingdom since 2000 with the exception in 2011 when it reached top 5%, as well as being in the top 5% for KS5 between 2003 and 2012.


We have been fortunate to establish a link with King’s College London, providing additional lessons for interested year 10 and 11 students, as well as 12 and 13 students covering problem solving in mathematics alongside developing their passion for the subject and aiding towards the upcoming examinations.

We have also run successful ‘Maths in Action’ trips to the University of London, Institute of Education, inspiring the interested mathematicians in years 9 and 10 to explore mathematics outside of the classroom and acknowledge its impact in various contexts.

Additional to these, a workshop to explore the skills required and the demands expected within the financial industry was organised for year 12 students at the Investment Bank UBS in Liverpool Street, Central London.

Since 2000, the department have provided the gifted mathematicians the chance to participate in the United Kingdom Maths Challenge, which has proved year upon year to be a success.

Key stage 3

Key stage 3

Students are expected to apply their current mathematical knowledge to problem solving situations alongside building upon their key stage 2 knowledge of mathematical reasoning and the fundamentals of mathematics. They will be expected to recall and apply mathematical knowledge accurately.
Please find here three links to the revision/practice resources

Level 3-4

Level 5-6

Level 7-8

Key stage 4

Key stage 4

Students begin their study towards their GCSE examination in year 9, using the examination board Edexcel ( The exam board offers a two tier entry system; higher tier (4 – 9) and foundation tier (1 – 5). Please find here a link to the letter detailing these changes

We are hoping to still be in the position to select students to be considered for early entry into their GCSE mathematics examination, providing them the opportunity to either develop their understanding onto the higher tier or sit a further qualification (which will aid them during the application into university) of Additional Mathematics, awarded by OCR (

The GCSE mathematics qualification develops student’s ability to acquire and use problem-solving strategies, select and apply mathematical techniques and methods in every day and real-world situations, reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences and draw conclusions, as well as interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context.

Key stage 5

Key stage 5

The course is broken into two 1-year components. The first year covers three modules which contribute to an AS qualification in Mathematics and the second year covers another three modules which collaboratively make the A2 qualification in Mathematics. The same applies for the Further Mathematics AS and A2 qualifications, as well as Additional Further Mathematics AS and A2 qualifications (this can only be studied following a meeting with the head of department alongside appropriate provision). The examination board which is used is Edexcel (

The modules taught are as follows:

Year 12 Mathematics (AS) – Core 1, Core 2 and Statistics 1

Year 13 Mathematics (A2) – Core 3, Core 4 and Mechanics 1

Year 12 Further Mathematics (AS) – Further Mathematics 1, Decision 1 and Statistics 2.

Year 13 Further Mathematics (A2) – Further Mathematics 2, Further Mathematics 3 and Mechanics 2.