Maths

“Mathematics is the music of reason” James Joseph Sylvester.  

We inspire and challenge all learners to see the beauty and wonder of mathematics; to appreciate how it shapes the world around us. Our learners are encouraged to think deeply about mathematical problems in many industries and subjects. Students will learn to enjoy the intellectual rigor and challenge of maths and the resilience this engenders.

Year 7 begin their journey appreciating that maths forms the building block for everything in our daily lives, including mobile devices, architecture (ancient and modern), art, money, engineering, and even sports. Links across subjects are identified, such as, how graphs are used in geography, science and history, how prime numbers feature in cybersecurity and what a 15% chance of rain really means!

Year 8 consider the answers to 'big' questions, such as, what is the Arabic history of algebra? how did the Egyptians use maths to build the pyramids? how are graphs used to describe a journey? what did ancient Greeks have against the number zero, and how do engineers and architects use angles?

Year 9 ponder about googolplexes and how scientists use such high numbers. The real life importance of maths comes into play when students consider whether they agree with the quote, 'neither a borrower nor a lender be' and what the true cost of interest could be. The consequences of 'risky business' and how companies identify target markets are analysed. Further studies of architecture include how maths is used to measure the height of very tall buildings and how circles and triangles feature in design.

Key Stage 4 

“Mathematics is the most beautiful and most powerful creation of the human spirit.” – Stefan Banach 

Year 10 is the start of the 2 year GCSE voyage. Our curriculum is specifically tailored to ensure our students achieve their full potential in examinations set by Edexcel. Click here to see the exam board's website.

The examinations taken include:

  • Paper 1 non-calculator
  • Paper 2 calculator
  • Paper 3 calculator

The examined elements consist of probability, statistics, number, algebra, geometry, measures, ratio and proportion. 

By the end of year 11 students develop the confidence and skills to apply mathematics to the wider world. Whether it is the ability to use reason and logic to make good judgements, or, use complex mathematical formulas to launch rockets into space; everyone needs to use mathematics in their careers and lives.  

British Values, SMSC and Cultural Capital 

Throughout our 5 year mathematical journey, we celebrate maths and how it pervades each and every element of our lives. We take full advantage of key inter-disciplinary links, particularly those relating to STEM, for example, artistic use of tessellation; the statistics of historians and the way scientists model populations using exponential equations.  

The adversities faced by pioneers such as Alan Turing and Ada Lovelace showcase how the British Values of tolerance and respect feature within this field. We investigate how mathematics can be used to influence communities, for instance, how statistics can inform and confuse society.

Students appreciate how different cultures have contributed towards shaping mankind’s knowledge of the world today. What do we mean? Well, we consider the mathematical challenges that must have faced the Ancient Egyptians when building the pyramids or how the Romans would have used mathematics in surveying, structural engineering, mechanical engineering, book-keeping and when creating lunar and solar calendars.