Differentiating needs and integrating success!
Mathematics is taught throughout the school by subject specialists; all the teachers have mathematics (or related) degrees.
The principal aims of the department are to enable girls to:-
- Develop their mathematical knowledge and oral, written and practical skills in a manner which encourages confidence
- Solve problems, present solutions clearly, check, interpret and prove results
- Prepare girls for external mathematics examinations
- Apply mathematics in other subjects and in everyday situations
- Enjoy their mathematics!
As a core subject, mathematics is taken by all girls in Years 7-11. Girls are taught in forms at the start of Year 7 and then they are put into sets. It is a popular choice at A-level when typically between a third and a half of the girls opt to embark on the AS course. Most continue to complete the full A-level.
All girls take the higher level EDEXCEL IGCSE Examination in Year 11 with those in Set 1 taking OCR Additional Mathematics, a stand-alone qualification beyond GCSE level, as well.
Girls in the Sixth Form are prepared for the OCR Advanced level examination with options in statistics and mechanics. Further Mathematics is also offered at AS and A-level.
All girls are welcome to come to the maths clinics where extra help is available.
We are proud of our record of success in examinations and in national and local competitions. Our mathematics team has reached the national final of the National Team Challenge Competition twice in recent years, putting us in the top 50 of the 1200 schools who entered. We continue to enjoy success in the prestigious competitions organised by the Mathematical Education on Merseyside (MEN), an organisation made up of the three universities in Liverpool.