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The Mathematics Department is an enthusiastic, successful and dynamic department which endeavours to make sure that students enjoy all aspects of the National Curriculum.
The department aims to ensure that every pupil achieves their potential in Mathematics, through excellent teaching, accurate and regular assessment and the fostering of an enjoyment and love of the subject. Above all we are committed to the vision of the school, whereby every pupil has an infinite potential for learning.
The average class size in years 7 to 11 is 21.
In 2011 around a quarter of our year 11 girls achieved an A* or A, half the year getting a B or better and 70% achieving a C or better. As a result we have over 170 students studying A/S and A2 level Mathematics (Edexcel syllabus). We also offer AS and A2 Further Mathematics. Usually over half of girls achieve an A or B grade at A2 with around a third gaining an A. As a result of our success at KS5, increasing numbers of our girls are progressing to study mathematical subjects at university. We now enter up to 120 of our most able girls for Statistics GCSE in year 10, as an additional qualification.
At present the department comprises of 14 teachers. The department is suited in a group of classrooms on two floors of the main teaching block. Each classroom in the suite has a Smart Board and the Maths department as a team is working to produce resources that can be used in school and within the borough network of schools.
As a Science and Maths College, the department fully embraces all the challenges that this involves, for instance, we have developed video – conferencing, enabling our pupils to remotely work with other schools. We have strong community links and ties with other Primary and Secondary schools within the Borough. The department runs numerous activity clubs and holds a games evening for Year 7 pupils and parents each year. We successfully participate in the UK Maths Challenge at junior, intermediate and senior level. We also hold G&T enrichment weekends jointly with a partner school.
Mr L Barnett Head of Mathematics