The Mathematics Department aims to give as wide a view of Mathematics as possible, whilst providing the basic skills required by other subjects.
Teaching broadly follows the National Curriculum throughout Years 7-11 with core material supplemented by investigations, ICT activities, puzzles and extension work. In-house, tailor-made course notes and interactive whiteboards are used extensively to deliver the curriculum.
The Department believes in enrichment rather than acceleration, and all boys take the IGCSE examination in Year 11. A great deal of extension work is offered throughout Years 7 – 11, so that the boys are not limited by syllabus content. They are given the opportunity to participate in UKMT Challenges each year and mentoring is provided for the most able pupils to prepare them for National and International Mathematics Olympiad competitions. Many boys also take part in team challenge competitions at various levels, and we are now introducing joint Maths Club activities with the Haberdashers’ Aske’s Girl’s School. There is a sixth form Mathematics society in which the boys present off-syllabus Mathematics to one another.
In the Sixth Form, up to 15 different modules are taught which enable the boys to gain qualifications ranging from AS GCE Mathematics to Advanced GCE Further Mathematics. The topics covered are taken from the general areas of Pure Mathematics, Statistics and Mechanics. Sixth Term Examination Papers (STEP) and Advanced Extension Awards (AEA) classes are available for Oxbridge candidates, though many related materials will be used routinely in class teaching.