In mathematics we place great emphasis on installing a growth mindset in our learners, where pupils feel at ease in taking risk. Mistakes are expected and respected; excellence is nurtured as we drive to deepen understanding of the mathematics. We believe in challenge for all our pupils and promoting independence and love of learning conjunction with the National Curriculum for Mathematics. We mold our pupils to be logical thinkers, able problem solvers and lifelong mathematicians. Our motto is ‘enjoy and achieve the best you can’. Our more able pupils are entered for the Junior and Senior UK Mathematics Challenges. We also participate in local mathematics challenges and events.
Through the mastery approach and diverse set of contexts, the mathematics department aims to develop responsible citizens with an awareness of the world around them. We use a variety of teaching and learning methods to cover a wide range of mathematics knowledge with an emphasis on investigation, curiosity, numeracy fluency, application of mathematics in real life situations, problem solving skills and the effective use of ICT in maths. We provide opportunities for pupils to develop transferable mathematical skills which also aid their progress across the STEM and other curriculum areas.
One of our focuses is to develop the confidence of our young mathematicians and the awareness of the academic and practical significance of mathematics in real life, dispelling any negative perception associated with the complexities that mathematics can bring. Our curriculum prepares pupils to achieve their academic goals, alongside developing the fundamental mathematical skills to allow them to succeed in the next stage of their education, training or career path. Opportunities are given to GCSE pupils to pursue post-16 options, including A-level mathematics & A-level further mathematics.