• To provide students with the mathematical skills needed in everyday life and to understand the contexts in which these skills are used.
• To enable students to develop confidence in the use of Mathematics and thus to achieve their full Mathematical potential.
Students should also develop technical skills that they can apply to a range of familiar and unfamiliar problems, and acquire the technical knowledge that may be needed for their study of other subjects. Above all, students should develop an attitude to the study of Mathematics as a valuable, worthwhile and useful subject and develop an enjoyment of Mathematics.
Key Stage 5
In Sixth Form, (AS/A2 Level) OCR syllabus A is studied, with examinations taken on a modular basis. The department has a wide subject knowledge and so students can opt for Mathematics with Statistics, Mathematics with Mechanics or Further Mathematics, in which both of the applications, as well as Decision Mathematics, are studied.
From September 2017 the new A Level Mathematics is introduced which will mean all A Level Mathematics will study pure mathematics, mechanics and statistics. We will still offer A Level Further Mathematics which has extended pure mathematics content along with optional additional applied or pure content.
Facilities and Resources
The department is based in its own building, Ormerod House. Seven classrooms are exclusively used for the teaching of Mathematics, each with data projection. One smaller room is used only for Sixth Form teaching. Every class up to Year 13 has regular lessons in the ICT suite in Ormerod House. This facility consists of 28 new computers that offer the same software as available in the rest of the department, including Autograph, Cabri and Derive, calculator emulators and internet access for programmes such as MyMaths and Diagnostic Questions. Most mathematics teacher use iPads to enrich their teaching. As well as IT resources, the department is well equipped with mini-whiteboards and a range of puzzles and activity-based learning resources to enrich the learning experience.
Much of the sixth form teaching takes place in the sixth form centre, Singleton House where two additional rooms are used exclusively for mathematics.
Trips and visits
The Department runs a biannual trip to Paris and takes part in regional heats of both the UK Mathematics Trust Team Challenge and Senior Team Challenge. In recent years, groups of students have taken part in mathematics seminars and courses at local universities such as Manchester and Lancaster.
The department runs additional courses and support sessions for senior school and sixth form students at lunchtimes and after school throughout the week.