Mathematics is a creative and rigorous discipline with its own unique language. It transcends cultural boundaries and its importance is universally acknowledged.
In Forms 1 to 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 earnest in year 10. 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.
Forms 4 and 5 are usually divided into two sets : a main set, and a smaller set for the weaker pupil who would benefit from more individual attention. All pupils are normally entered for the GCSE Higher Tier examinations (Edexcel – Linear Specification).
Mathematics is a very popular choice in the Sixth Form, and most of the pupils study the subject to a level appropriate to their interest, ability and commitment. Modules in Pure Maths, Mechanics and Statistics are taken. Further Maths may also be offered to those who are well qualified, motivated and have the aptitude to pursue their studies to more advanced and deeper levels of understanding.
The department has a strong record of high achievement in public examinations, both at GCSE and at Advanced levels.