Mathematics is the study of the measurement, properties, and relationships of quantities and sets, using numbers and symbols.
Mathematics can be divided into two areas, Methods and Applications. Methods consists of learning content such as estimations, number, geometry, statistics, and patterns/relationships. Applications involves problem solving, reasoning and developing connections. The Mathematics department aims to provide a supportive, yet challenging environment for students to explore and develop their mathematical understanding.
Director of Maths
Mrs S McDonald
SECOND IN DEPARTMENT
Mr C Barham
In Key Stage 3 we ensure students find mathematics interesting through the use of investigative or “rich” tasks. We ensure all students have a strong understanding of all four disciplines, as well as a fluency between connected concepts. At Key Stage 4 students study Edexcel’s Linear GCSE to obtain their GCSE and in the Sixth Form we offer Edexcel’s Mathematics and Further Mathematics courses, as well as AQA’s Use of Mathematics course at AS and A2 level.
EXAMINATION COURSES OFFERED
A two year linear course written and examined by Edexcel. This two year course is examined in the summer of year 11, by two papers (non-calculator and calculator), with each being worth 50%. There is no coursework for this GCSE.
MATHEMATICS A LEVEL
A two year course written and examined by Edexcel. This Syllabus is designed to involve students developing mathematical ideas and relating them to everyday life as far as possible. This course is demanding, but very rewarding. Students study and sit exams in the following modules in year 12: Core 1, Core 2 and Statistics 1. Students are then required to study and sit exams in the following modules in year 13: Core 3, Core 4 and Mechanics.
FURTHER MATHEMATICS A LEVEL
Further Mathematics is an A level qualification which both broadens and deepens the mathematics covered in A level Mathematics. The first year of Further Mathematics is designed to be learnt alongside the first year of Mathematics in year 12. Students studying Further Mathematics find it to be an enjoyable, rewarding and stimulating experience. For someone who enjoys mathematics, it provides a challenge and a chance to explore new and more sophisticated mathematical concepts. This course is demanding, but very rewarding. Students study and sit exams in the following modules in year 12: Decision 1, Decision 2 and Further Pure 1. Students are then required to study and sit exams in the following modules in year 13: Further Pure 2, Further Pure 3 and Statistics 2.
USE OF MATHEMATICS A LEVEL
The course aims to promote the development of skills that will enable students to communicate, use and interpret Mathematics effectively. Students will develop the ability to solve open-ended problems in lessons that will be vital in examinations. Through a variety of tasks in lessons and homework activities, students will be encouraged to further develop their Mathematical reasoning and modelling skills. Students study and sit exams in the following modules in year 12: Working with Algebraic and Graphical Techniques, Personal Finance and Statistics. Students are then required to study and sit exams in the following modules in year 13: Calculus and Applying Mathematics. They are also required to produce a Coursework Portfolio.
Students who have studied Maths have gone on to study a variety of courses including Mathematics, Computing, Medicine and Architecture. Students have selected a variety of universities in which to study these courses with many being accepted to study at Imperial, Durham and Cambridge.
SUBJECT SUCCESS STORIES
Oliver Mowforth was a student who had a sharp, analytical mind and an amazing capacity to recall many mathematical facts, which helped him to be accepted into Cambridge University to study Medicine. His solutions in his Mathematics examinations were accurate and concise as he could manipulate complex processes in his head, which enabled him to achieve an A* in Mathematics and an A in Further Mathematics.
Jacob Bradshaw was another student of the A Level Mathematics team who had a strong mind and determined character. He applied himself to the A Level exceptionally well to enable him to achieve an A* in Mathematics. This drive and determination to succeed enabled him to be accepted at Imperial University to study Medicine.
Nicholas Lefley was a student who had a sharp, analytical mind and an ability to recall many mathematical facts, which helped him to be accepted into York University to study Maths and Computer Science. His solutions in his Mathematics examinations were exceptionally accurate, especially at A2 where he achieved 100% on two modules. This enabled him to achieve an A* in Mathematics and an B in Further Mathematics.
EXTRA CURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES IN THE SUBJECT
- Revision classes after school for GCSE (all ability)
- Revision classes in holidays near exams for GCSE and A Level
- We run a STEM club in collaboration with Science, where the initial project is to design and build an electric car
- We will be providing opportunities for pupils to complete individual and Team Maths Challenges organised by UKMT and MEI nationwide