Mathematics is one of the core subjects of the curriculum, underpinning many other subjects and being of importance in its own right. We hope that all pupils enjoy their Mathematics lessons whilst gaining knowledge that will be useful to them in everyday life and in further studies. We aim to ensure that each girl reaches her full potential in the subject and develops logical thinking and problem solving abilities.
When pupils enter the faculty in Year 7 they are allocated to one of three bands for Mathematics (arranged according to ability) and they study all areas of Maths from textbooks and other resources.
From the beginning of Year 8 until Year 11, pupils are taught in five or six ability sets and movement between sets is discussed termly so that each girl is in the group best suited to her ability in Mathematics. Girls take a GCSE examination in the subject at the end of Year 11. At Key Stages 3 and 4, pupils have four 50 minute lessons per week each year and are expected to complete two homework tasks each week. In Years 12 and 13 students follow the OCR specification leading to awards in AS and A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics. They have opportunities to study combinations of Pure Mathematics, Statistics, Mechanics and Decision Maths units.
Accommodation and Resources
There are five dedicated Mathematics rooms; all the rooms have projectors and one has an Interactive Whiteboard.
Visits and Extra Curricular Activities
The Junior, Intermediate and Senior UKMT Mathematics Challenges are taken annually by talented pupils in Years 7 and 8, 9 and 10 and 12 respectively. The faculty sends selected pupils in Year 9 to the Mathematics Master Classes organised at the University of Hertfordshire.
Staff often offer revision classes before examinations.
Students studying ‘A’ level Mathematics have the opportunity to attend a variety of lectures and courses at universities and other institutions.