Mathematics

Mathematics is taught to all girls in Years 7, 8 and 9, and is a core subject at IGCSE. It is then an option at A Level.

In Year 7, all girls follow an induction programme and are tested in a wide variety of topics, such as algebra, statistics, and investigation work. They are then set by ability, in order to maximise the learning of each pupil, and these sets are reviewed every half term. From Years 7 to 9, the girls follow a course of study that prepares the ground for the IGCSE years to come.

At IGCSE, pupils follow the Edexcel course, and we expect all girls at St Mary’s to take the higher tier qualification. This covers the four core areas of Mathematics: number, algebra, statistics and geometry.

Additional Mathematics is offered via the OCR course to girls in the top set who already have a secure knowledge of the IGCSE course, and have shown the potential to achieve a grade 9. They extend their learning of the core syllabus, and expand on this also to include calculus and further trigonometry. Additional Mathematics is a stand-alone qualification, and is taken alongside IGCSE Mathematics at the end of Year 11.

At A Level, pupils follow the Edexcel course. Pure Mathematics forms the core of the A Level course, together with applied content in Statistics and Mechanics.

Further Mathematics is available to able mathematicians and constitutes a second A Level. Pupils follow the Edexcel course, which involves the study of Further Pure Mathematics, Statistics and Mechanics.

Beyond the classroom:

The Maths Department runs clinics throughout the week and on weekends to support girls who need extra help outside the classroom. Younger girls also enjoy the challenge of our Puzzle of the Week. Gifted mathematicians in all year groups have the benefit of a senior mentor from the years above, and we enter girls for the UKMT Mathematics challenges and Olympiads every year. The Department hosts a mathematician-in-residence for one week a year, who gives talks and holds workshops with girls across all year groups. A Level pupils also attend the annual Coulter McDowell lecture at Royal Holloway, and girls from various year groups attend occasional enrichment days and masterclasses in Oxford. Girls are often offered places on the Royal Institute Masterclasses course, which runs for six Saturdays a year, and those who are selected for the St Mary’s Academy are offered Maths in the City workshops.