The Mathematics Department is staffed by four full-time and two part-time teachers, who are all very experienced and whose expertise is utilised in several areas of College. We cater for all academic levels, with pupils grouped according to ability and progress.
In Fourth Form and Lower Fifth, students follow the Pearson KS3 Maths Progress course. In line with the 2014 National Curriculum, this course places a strong focus on fluency, problem-solving and progression in Mathematics. Halfway through the academic year, the Lower Fifth students make a start on the Edexcel IGCSE Mathematics course which is then continued to the end of Fifth Form. The norm is for all students to be entered for the Higher Level IGCSE course; in recent years only a handful of students have been entered for the Foundation Level course.
As a core subject of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, all students must study Mathematics in Sixth Form, at either Higher or Standard Level. Those opting for Standard Level may choose to follow either the Mathematical Studies course or the slightly more demanding Standard Level Mathematics course. The Higher Level course is very demanding and is suitable only for our most able mathematicians.
There are opportunities for extension and support within the department. Pupils are entered for the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust Challenges – Junior for Fourth Form, Intermediate for Fifth Form and Senior for Sixth Form. Each year many students achieve certificates and each year several students are invited to participate in further rounds.
In recent years we have had several students qualifying for the Olympiad Paper, an extremely difficult examination. One student made it as far as the Olympiad Summer School and has since maintained links with the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust through its mentoring programme. There is a weekly support group (clinic) to assist struggling pupils with their studies, though students of all abilities are welcome to attend. The support group is run by departmental staff and the most mathematically able Sixth Form students.
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