"Certainly, I would not be a Harvard student today if it were not for my experience at Bolton School."

Paddy Pender - Harvard Student

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Bolton School Boys' Division has a highly successful Mathematics Department.

There are currently eight highly qualified Mathematics specialists teaching Mathematics from Year 7 to Oxbridge entry. We are situated in eight classrooms, seven of which contain an Interactive Whiteboard. We incorporate a variety of software into our schemes of work including websites and examination preparation material.

In Year 7, emphasis is placed on the use of non-calculator work, and in trying to ensure that all pupils have the basic skills established, before these are developed further at a later stage.

From Year 8 to Year 11 the pupils are set in groups according to ability. Calculators are introduced in Year 8, but mental skills are still actively encouraged. In Years 9 to 11, the subject builds upon previously acquired knowledge, and preparation for GCSE begins. We have recently changed GCSE and are now following the IGCSE course run by Edexel.

In year 12, three courses are offered:
Pure Mathematics with Mechanics
Pure Mathematics with Statistics
Further Mathematics

The Further Mathematics course is popular, and is available as part of a four A Level package.

The department runs a lunch-time mathematics clinic every day, at which boys from any year group can receive help from a member of the departmental staff.

We also enter pupils for the United Kingdom Mathematics Challenges Junior (Years 7 and 8), Intermediate (Years 9, 10 and 11) and Senior (Years 12 and 13) levels and a team competition. These are national competitions where the pupils can not only win a certificate (Bronze, Silver or Gold) but can (depending on their mark) be entered for the highly prestigious Olympiad competitions.

Year 5 and 6 pupils can test their Mathematics knowledge by taking our fun online Maths Challenge.

Head of Department
D N Palmer, BSc

Members of the Department
Dr R Booth, BSc, PhD
P Costello, BSc
R M Harrison, BSc
N C Holmes, CIMA (ACMA)
P B Howard, BSc
C Hunter, BSc
S Olsson, BSc
Mrs M F Smith, MMath, DEUG MIAS
Mrs D Stevens, BSc
D L Stevens, BSc

Interactive Maths

Interactive Maths

Boys Division Maths lesson Boys Division Maths students