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Mathematics Department

The highest form of pure thought is in mathematics.

The Mathematics Department comprises seven enthusiastic and experienced teachers led by Mrs Ebanks (Head of Department) and Mrs Clapp (Deputy Head of Maths). Our aim is to provide a safe and caring learning environment where students learn about the different areas of Mathematics (arithmetic, algebra, geometry, probability and statistics) and gradually refine their problem-solving skills so that each student upon leaving school is numerate and possesses sufficient mathematical skills for the career of their choice. 

We strive to deliver interesting and stimulating lessons where students are fully engaged and learn both independently and co-operatively, aiming at all times for very high standards of behaviour and mutual respect. Lessons at all levels include a variety of activities: exposition by the teacher; discussions between teacher and students or between students in pairs/groups; appropriate practical work; consolidation and practice of important skills and routines; problem-solving and practical applications of mathematics; investigations and longer projects. Students across the age range take part every year in the UK Maths Challenge competitions, with several amongst them being awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze certificates.

Mathematics is taught in ability sets at Key Stage 3 and 4. We currently have three sets in Year 7 and 8 and four sets in Years 9-11. Setting is designed to maximise the achievement of each individual student and is regularly reviewed with the aim to ensure the most appropriate match with a student’s ability and work rate. 

All students continue to study Mathematics throughout the International Baccalaureate by selecting one of three options: Mathematics Higher Level, a very demanding and rewarding course which offers an excellent preparation for Engineering or any other science-related course at university; Mathematics Standard Level, a rigorous course which is best suited to those students wishing to study quantitative courses such as Economics or Chemistry; and Mathematical Studies Standard Level, a course which includes real-life applications of Mathematics and is usually chosen by about a half of our student population. 

Please contact Ms Ronnie Ebanks, Head of Department, for more information.