The highly successful mathematics department is staffed by six full-time and three part-time mathematics teachers who all hold degrees in the subject or a related discipline. We have a dedicated Higher Level Teaching Assistant who works closely with small groups from classes and a dedicated Teaching Assistant who works within the classroom in addition to undertaking some departmental administration. The department is in a well resourced, purpose built block; every teacher has access to a wide variety of mathematics software in addition to more traditional resources.
At Key Stages 3 and 4 the mathematics department follows the updated National Curriculum, covering topics within number, algebra, statistics and geometry. In addition the mathematics curriculum develops a student’s creativity by combining understanding and reasoning to construct new knowledge as well as using existing mathematical knowledge to create solutions to unfamiliar problems. Students will learn that mathematics is fundamental in providing tools for understanding science, engineering, technology and economics and our students will learn some of the skills used to model, interpret or represent situations.
At Key Stage 4 we follow a linear GCSE using the AQA syllabus. Mathematics is an extremely popular choice for students at A-level where we follow the Edexcel syllabus. We offer both mathematics and further mathematics at A-Level and we have seen many students go on to study mathematics at University.
The department enters some students for the Junior, Intermediate and Senior Maths Challenges in addition to the Team Challenge. These are designed by the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust (UKMT) and competitors from all over the country take part.