Mathematics

Aims of the Department

  • To provide a nurturing learning environment where all pupils are able to achieve their potential in Mathematics, and are supported according to their needs.

  • To develop a broader understanding of Mathematics and encourage an interest in Mathematics beyond the curriculum.

  • To support the achievement of outstanding performance in Mathematics.

A Level Mathematics

An A level in Mathematics has two components:

Core

  • Algebraic processing

  • Graphs and functions

  • Trigonometry

  • Calculus

  • Numerical methods

  • Sequences and series

  • Powers and logarithms

  • Vectors

Applied

  • Mechanics involves the study of forces and motion

  • Statistics the analysis of data and the application of probability

  • Decision Mathematics looks at algorithmic procedures to solve practical problems

Which Applied component you choose will usually depend upon other A level choices. A physicist or engineer can be expected to favour Mechanics, for example, and a biologist or geographer Statistics.

A Level Further Mathematics

The Further Mathematics A level is designed to be studied alongside A level Mathematics and includes the study of complex numbers, matrices, advanced algebraic methods, differential equations, advanced and calculus techniques. It incites a range of applications of mathematics to advanced problems in mechanics, in statistics and in decision-making.

Like A level Mathematics, Further Mathematics has two components:

Further Pure

  • Extended Algebraic processing

  • Graphs and functions

  • Trigonometry

  • Advanced Calculus

  • Numerical methods

  • Linear algebra

  • Hyperbolic functions

  • Matrices

Applied

  • Mechanics involves the study of forces and motion

  • Statistics the analysis of data, the application of probability, assessing the reliability of statistical models

  • Decision Mathematics looks at algorithmic procedures to solve practical problems

Within the Further Mathematics course you will cover all of the Applied modules to some degree. However, a Physicist may favour Mechanics and choose to complete a greater number of modules within this discipline, whereas an Economist may prefer to extend their understanding of Statistics or Decision Mathematics.

Curriculum

To ensure breadth and depth of understanding in Mathematics, teaching in the department is supported by a detailed programme of study linked to comprehensive textbook schemes at all levels.

In the Sixth Form we follow the Edexcel GCE Advanced level specification, in both Mathematics and Further Mathematics. Alongside the compulsory Core units, pupils can choose to study applied modules on Mechanics and Statistics. Pupils are also encouraged to take the optional STEP Mathematics papers at the end of the Upper Sixth.

We are keen to encourage pupils to consider further studies in Mathematics by demonstrating to them the beauty and depth of Mathematics. To achieve this we incorporate innovative approaches to teaching and learning in Mathematics, including the continued development of the use of technological tools and resources.

Enrichment

In addition to our teaching which includes a variety of approaches such as group work, peer assessment, technology resources and regular examination practice, there are also a range of opportunities to support the development of Mathematical knowledge:

  • Daily Maths Clinic - provides the opportunity for all pupils to seek individual help and support with the development of mathematical understanding. Pupils may choose to attend on a regular or occasional basis, or their attendance may be recommended by their mathematics teacher. Whilst the Maths Clinic will be supervised by members of the department, it will be led by members of Sixth Form Mathematics groups as part of their contribution to community service.

  • UKMT Mathematics Challenges – We enter every pupil in Years 7 and 8, plus the top sets in Years 9 to 11 and our Sixth Form mathematicians into these national mathematics competitions.

  • Hans Woyda Competition - the team for this competition comprises just four mathematicians, chosen from the best in the school – one each from years 9, 11 and the Lower and Upper Sixths.

  • Senior Maths Society - a forum for the best (or most interested) mathematicians in the Sixth Form to discuss mathematics beyond the A level syllabus and to pursue topics of particular interest to themselves.

  • Departmental Library - There is a varied departmental library for Sixth Form use in addition to the stock in the Mervyn Peake Library. Sixth form pupils in particular, are encouraged to explore mathematical texts and given guidance about what they should read and how they should read.

Departmental Success

The department regularly exceeds the school's average results achieving 90% and 100% A*-B for Mathematics and Further Mathematics, respectively, in 2015.

Students have gone on to study Mathematics at many prestigeous universities including Oxford, Warwick, Bath, Queen Mary's University of London, Sheffield and Southampton while other fields of study inculde Astrophysics, Biomedical Science, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Dentistry, Economics, Mechanical Engineering, Natural Sciences, Physics and PPE.

Staff

The department is staffed by: