Mathematics

Mathematics not only helps us to understand the world around us, but also provides us with the knowledge and skills to be able to change it. The use of mathematics can be found in many aspects of our everyday lives: the beauty of nature, the latest technologies, the models used to predict the weather and the programmes that protect us against credit-card fraud.  As well as being an important and enjoyable discipline in its own right, it serves as a fundamental companion to the study of many other subjects.

Studying mathematics encourages logical thought and an analytical approach to solving problems. This, coupled with the need to work confidently and accurately when dealing with numerical calculations, demonstrates many of the core skills which employers are now seeking in an increasingly competitive employment market. Today’s world is changing at an accelerated rate and tomorrow’s problems cannot even be envisaged. The solutions to these problems, therefore, will require creativity, abstract thought and the ability to apply knowledge to unusual situations. In short, strong mathematicians will play a vital role in shaping the future of our society.

It is our aim to give all pupils a broad mathematical education and to prepare them fully for public examinations and higher education. In addition, the Department aims to:

  • Foster interest and to stretch pupils academically at every level;
  • Give confidence in the use of number;
  • Induce an ability to organise and manipulate information mathematically as well as to communicate mathematics orally and on paper;
  • Enable pupils to visualise spatial relationships;
  • Help pupils to enjoy mathematics and appreciate its power in tackling practical and theoretical problems in all areas, not just within mathematics itself;
  • Teach pupils to discover relationships and to produce rigorous and elegant solutions; and,
  • Encourage pupils to take risks when tackling problems and to become process driven as well as answer driven.

Mathematics is embedded in the curriculum throughout the whole School.
At GCSE, pupils follow the Edexcel syllabus.
In Sixth Form, students can choose to study Mathematics and/or Further Mathematics (both Edexcel).

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