All pupils study Mathematics up to GCSE. Approximately 170 take the subject at A level and about 45 pupils also study Further Mathematics at A level. Special preparation is given for those who are going on to read Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Engineering or related subjects at University.
All pupils study the Edexcel IGCSE course. This offers a better general education in Mathematics and a more helpful foundation for A level work, supplemented by the department's own enrichment material. All pupils take this exam in the Fifth Form. Teachers ensure that syllabus work for the higher sets is richly interspersed with other material designed to broaden interest, understanding and experience, and to introduce and foster the techniques of problem-solving. This helps the transition to A level, with its significantly more demanding level of study.
In the Sixth Form, we follow the Edexcel A level course. Single Maths sets take three of the six modules in the Lower Sixth and three in the Upper Sixth. Further Maths usually comprises the study of six modules in the Lower Sixth; three in Pure Maths, two in Mechanics and one in Statistics. A further six modules are taken in the Upper Sixth, including two in Pure Maths and four in Statistics and Mechanics. Some of the most able take additional modules, up to the maximum of 18. The department prepares candidates for entrance to top universities including preparation for exams such as AEA, STEP and MAT.
A large number of pupils are entered for the national Mathematics competitions run by the UK Mathematics Trust at junior, intermediate and senior levels, and several qualify to compete in the subsequent Olympiad rounds.
The department has a long history with UKMT, with past and present members of the department contributing to its many activities. The department is still used for the final training and selection camp for the UK Mathematics Team which competes in the annual International Mathematical Olympiad.
The annual conference for Technology in Secondary Mathematics has taken place at Oundle many times; the Autograph suite of programs for Mathematics teaching was developed here by a former member of the department.
Mr SG Dale
Head of Department