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The Mathematics Department is staffed by six full-time teachers and one part-time teacher 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, 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. In Fifth Form, students study towards the Edexcel IGCSE Mathematics course which is completed at the end of Upper Fifth. Most students will be entered for the Higher Level IGCSE 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. From September 2019 students will choose either the Applications and Interpretation course or the more traditional Analysis and Approaches course. Higher Level is available in either 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 a few students qualifying for the Olympiad Paper, an extremely difficult examination. One of these students was invited to take part in the Olympiad Summer School and maintained links with the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust, through its mentoring programme, up to leaving College and beginning a Degree in Mathematics at Oxford. 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.
Faced with the difficult choice of our daughters remaining at a perfectly good state school in the Isle of Man, we chose to send them to King William’s College to study the International Baccalaureate. The outcome in both cases was a resounding endorsement of our decision, since King William’s College operates and delivers at a different level.Past Parent of two 6th Form Students