Mathematics is a creative and rigorous discipline with its own unique language. It transcends cultural boundaries and its importance is universally acknowledged.The department has a strong record of high achievement in public examinations, both at GCSE and Advanced levels.

Maths helps us think analytically and have better reasoning abilities. Certain qualities that are nurtured by Mathematics are power of reasoning, creativity, abstract or spatial thinking, critical thinking, problem-solving ability and even effective communication skills.


Key Stage 3

The main objective is to consolidate, and to build upon, the basics of the subject already studied. Pupils are encouraged to think for themselves and to acquire an exploring approach to their work, while at the same time, ensuring all the fundamental concepts, old and new, have been thoroughly understood before starting their GCSE in Form 4. All pupils cover the same syllabus topics but depth and pace may vary for a minority of weaker pupils, depending on the nature of the group and the judgement of the teacher.

Key Stage 4

Forms 4 and 5 are usually divided into two sets: a main set, and a smaller set for the weaker pupils who would benefit from more individual attention. All pupils are normally entered for the GCSE Higher Tier examination; a rigorous exam consisting of three 90 minute papers, one of which is sat without the use of a calculator. The content is grouped into number, algebra, ratio, proportion and rates of change, geometry and measures, probability and statistics . The assessments place a high emphasis on problem solving and mathematical reasoning skills ensuring students finish their Key Stage 4 studies with a level of confidence and fluency that provides a solid foundation for the rest of their learning and working lives.

Sixth Form

Mathematics is a very popular choice in the Sixth Form where students study Pure Mathematics, Statistics and Mechanics. It is a very demanding course and only suitable for high-achieving GCSE students. Students who wish to enter the course without a GCSE will be required to sit an entrance exam. All students are entered for the AS level exam at the end of the Lower Sixth and the majority continue to take the full A level at the end of the Upper Sixth.

In the Upper Sixth, an AS Level in Further Maths may also be offered to those who achieve a high grade A in their AS exam, and who have the motivation to pursue their studies to more advanced and deeper levels of understanding.