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    Mathematics

    Welcome to the Mathematics Faculty

    The Mathematics Department strive to develop, maintain and stimulate pupils' curiosity, interest and enjoyment in mathematics whilst achieving to their full potential.
     

    Staff

    • Mr P Kelly - Head of Faculty
    • Mr R Crabbe 
    • Dr C Dolby 
    • Mr C Dawkins 
    • Mr S Foote 
    • Mrs L  Holmes 
    • Mr G Owen
    • Mr J Pettit 
    • Miss S Vakeria 

    Philosophy of the Mathematics Department

    1. To develop, maintain and stimulate pupils' curiosity, interest and enjoyment in Mathematics.
    2. To challenge pupils' Mathematics at their own level, giving them a 'balanced diet' of Mathematics.
    3. To develop pupils' familiarity and understanding of mathematical concepts, methods and vocabulary.
    4. To develop an appreciation of Mathematics in everyday life.
    5. To provide continuity and progression from pupils' previous experiences of Mathematics.
    6. To prepare students for examinations effectively, allowing them to achieve their potential.
     

    The Mathematics Department

    All students are encouraged to reach their potential through a variety of approaches ranging from mental strategies, investigation and practical work to computer and calculator methods as well as the more traditional classroom teaching.        
    We aim to help our students develop the confidence in a wider range of mathematical skills and to use a logical approach in their problem solving.        
    All students are placed into sets according to their attainment and continuous assessment allows for transfer between sets if necessary. 


    Key Stage 3

    At KS3 Mathematics is delivered in two years across Years 7 and 8. Setting takes place early in Year 7 to reflect the differing needs of pupils. The pupils continue to be taught in sets throughout the school. They take regular topic tests that, together with class work, homework and teacher assessment are used to monitor their progress. Assessment is ongoing and setting is reviewed regularly. All Key Stage 3 pupils receive two pieces of Mathematics homework a week. During the KS3 scheme pupils work on units that cover the broad areas of Number, Shape and Space, Algebra and Data Handling.

    Key Stage 4

    The GCSE course is currently split over three years with students taking the GCSE examination at the end of Year 11. There are two tiers of entry, Higher Tier, which covers grades 9 to 4, and Foundation Tier, which covers grades 5 to 1. Pupils are set into seven sets in the Years 9 to 11 and follow Edexcel Linear scheme at either the Higher or Foundation tier.
    Work is assessed on a unit by unit  basis and on a half termly basis. Additionally, there are summary examinations at the end of each year and pupils will be monitored to ensure they are in the most appropriate set for their ability.
    Pupils are also able to choose FSMQ Additional Mathematics as an option subject. This course will help pupils begin to explore some of the ideas developed in AS level Mathematics and continue to develop higher level problem solving skills. At the end of Year 9 pupils who take the FSMQ option will also take the Edexcel Level 2 Award in Algebra.


    Key Stage 5

    Sixth Form Mathematics is the one of most popular subject choice at A-Level at the school, producing many top grades every year. The school follows the Edexcel syllabus. The options  for the sixth form include Mathematics and Further Mathematics.

    Year 13 (2017/18)
    The current Year 13 are following the modular course for both the A Level Mathematics and Further Mathematics courses which allows some flexibility in the options covered. For A level Mathematics the most popular options include Statistics and Mechanics units in addition to the compulsory Pure Mathematics units. The Further Maths pupils also take optionally units that have previously included Decision Maths. 


    Year 12 (2017/18)
    The new Year 12 pupils will follow the linear courses from Edexcel with A level pupils having to study Mechanics, Statistics and Pure Mathematics with no optional units. The Further Mathematicians have some flexibility from their also optional units that cover the areas of Further Pure, Statistics, Mechanics and Decision Maths but also must take compulsory Pure Mathematics units. 
    At this level it is important to prepare students for university teaching and so we encourage them to take more responsibility for their learning whilst tracking their progress with regular home works and assessments.


    Extra Curricular

    There is also the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of activities. There is a thriving Mathematics club that runs once a week. The more able students across the school are entered for the United Kingdom Maths Challenge and Sixth Form Students are able to attend and participate in events outside school. There are also opportunities for team events that take place across the school year in which pupils will represent the school against other Hillingdon schools.