Maths

Staff

Mr M.R. Bishop (Head of Department)


Mrs P. Deu


Dr R.A. Atkinson


Mr D.J. Brough


Mr G. Cureton


Mrs K. Griffiths


Mr P.R. Jackson


Mr P.G. May


Mr O. Parsons


Mr M. Worrall


Facilities

The department teaches in a suite of rooms ranged around the school’s main quadrangle, all of which are equipped with interactive white boards and audio visual facilities.

Curriculum

Lower School

We follow the MEP scheme for our core curriculum supplemented by the Alpha, Beta and Gamma enrichment books.

GCSE

We follow the Edexcel iGCSE Linear Specification (4MA0 and 4MA1). All pupils take iGCSE at Higher Tier. The top set also study for Additional Mathematics.

Sixth Form

We follow the MEI specification in Mathematics A Level, Further Mathematics A Level and Further Mathematics AS Level. Mathematics is the popular subject in the Sixth Form.

Co-curricular Activities

Stretch & Challenge

All pupils in Years 7 and 8 are entered for the Junior Maths Challenge; we run a (weekly) Junior and (fortnightly) Senior Olympiad Maths Club; there is a “Puzzle of the Month” competition with prizes; we have a Junior and Senior school Maths Team who compete at a national level; we run an enrichment lecture programme with internal and external speakers; able Sixth Form students sit the Senior Maths Challenge and British Maths Olympiad; we provide provision for Oxbridge entrance exams, STEP papers and AEA papers; we regularly have Oxbridge success in mathematics and related disciplines. We also run a twice-weekly Maths Clinic which is manned by staff and Sixth Form mentors.

Trips & Visits

Trips have included Oxford University (Ciphers), Bristol University (taster day for maths), The London Mathematical Society (annually) at Birmingham University (including: mathematics of meteorology, chaos theory, knot theory, randomness, mathematical biology), and Sixth Form Inspiration Days (annually) at the ICC in Birmingham. We have also developed a strong link with the Oxford University Mathematics Institute and visit there for enrichment lectures three times each term. Recent lecturers have included Professors Roger Penrose, Alison Etheridge, Ian Stewart and Stephen Hawking.

Destinations

In recent years many students have gone on to read Mathematics and related disciplines at Oxford, Cambridge, Bristol, Imperial College, Warwick, Bath, UCL and Durham among other leading universities both in the UK and abroad.