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    Mathematics

    "The more time I spent on Maths, the more excited I got"

    Dr. Maryam Mirzakhani - the first woman to win Mathematics' highest honour; the Fields Medal in 2014.

    Mathematics develops students’ abilities to calculate; to reason logically, algebraically, and geometrically; to solve problems and to handle data.

    Staff

    Mrs F. Bridger (Subject Leader)

    Mrs A. Simpson (Second in Department)

    Mrs S. Aime

    Mr R. Benson

    Ms A. Griggs

    Mrs A. Hatfield

    Mrs E. Procter

    Miss H. Willis

    In Year 7, Mathematics is taught in mixed ability groups and from Year 8 until Year 11, girls are put into sets.  At Key Stage 3 students study Number, Ratio, Proportion and Rates of Change, Algebra, Statistics and Probability and Geometry and Measures.

    At GCSE, the Edexcel Mathematics syllabus develops and extends the work covered at KS3. There are three final examination papers, two of which are calculator papers and one is a non-calculator paper.

    At A Level students also follow the Edexcel course.  Currently all of our A Level mathematicians study the 2 year A Level, which covers Pure, Statistics and  Mechanics.  Students studying Further Mathematics cover Pure, Mechanics and Decision.  The majority of the lesson time is spent working together and developing new topics and methods.  Students participate in discussion and develop their ability to think independently and solve a wide variety of problems.  Mathematics becomes more challenging and interesting at A Level.  There is a great deal of algebra and calculus, which requires confidence in algebraic manipulation and a high level of determination. Further Mathematics is particularly recommended for students who wish to pursue Mathematics or a Maths related field at university such as engineering.

    Homework tasks are set to reflect ongoing class work across the curriculum.  This may take the form of a written task or an online task.  For students who wish to broaden their mathematical understanding, the library contains copies of the Murderous Maths books which are particularly suited to KS3.  At KS4 and KS5 recommendations are made based on the mathematical interests that students wish to develop.

    In Year 8 and Year 9 students who display exceptional potential in Mathematics can take part in the​ UKMT Team Maths Challenge.  Students are also entered for the Junior, Intermediate and Senior written Maths Challenges.  There is currently the opportunity for Year 11 students displaying exceptional potential to study the AQA Level 2 Certificate in Further Mathematics.  There are challenge clubs across the Key Stages, which are led by a designated teacher and designed to inspire and challenge students. At KS5 the focus is to support students preparing for additional entrance tests at top universities.

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