We aim to develop the ability to think and communicate mathematically: precisely, logically and creatively. We seek to promote a positive attitude to Mathematics, including confidence, enjoyment and perseverance, together with an awareness of Mathematics both as a subject in its own right and in relation to other disciplines.
Pupils are helped to acquire the necessary knowledge, skills and understanding to apply a range of mathematical concepts to situations which may arise in their own lives. High standards are maintained and we encourage students to develop their mathematical abilities as far as possible.
Maths classes are set on ability in all year groups from Year 7 to Year 11, and we strive to match the level of work covered by each class, to their ability level.
Throughout KS3 and KS4 all pupils will study the core material needed in preparation for the IGCSE examination at the end of Year 11. Higher sets additionally study extension material throughout these years in preparation for the higher level of attainment expected of them by the end of Year 11.
The content of work in years 7 and 8 essentially matches the content of the foundation tier specification of the IGCSE.
In Year 9 we work through a combination of foundation and higher tier topics –with the mixture varying from set to set. We consider Year 9 to be a transition year from KS3 into KS4, and the content of the course reflects this.
In years 10 and 11 we continue to differentiate work. Lower sets for example, may omit higher end topics in favour of consolidation of work at a more accessible level, thereby providing the best opportunity for maximising their final grade.
The IGCSE (Edexcel Level 2 Certificate in Mathematics) is examined in full, through two end-of-year (calculator) examinations in Year 11. The course provides excellent preparation for pupils intending to continue studying Mathematics into the sixth form, and provides an excellent grounding in Mathematics for those who choose not to.
At AS/A2 we study MEI Structured Mathematics (OCR). Girls will choose to study either Mechanics or Statistics to complement the compulsory Pure Mathematics modules. Pupils studying Further Mathematics study more Pure Mathematics modules as well as both Statistics and Mechanics.
In promoting a wider appreciation of mathematics, we regularly invite speakers into the school to present a range of interesting mathematical topics. For pupils in KS4 & KS5 there are several trips to Manchester University on offer, as well as an annual trip to the Maths Inspiration lectures. A number of activities are also available to younger pupils, including mathematics master classes, team challenges, and the annual Year 9 treasure hunt. Pupils may opt to take part in the National Cipher Challenge, and there is a range of national mathematics competitions that they are encouraged to enter –from which several girls are promoted each year, into higher and more prestigious rounds.