Head of Department: Mr Oliver Wills
In the Mathematics Department at Downe House, we aim to provide suitably challenging work as well as promote independent learning. We encourage girls to discuss, explore and do so they enjoy the learning journey. It is our hope that our enthusiasm for mathematics is reciprocated.
Although we trust that our normal lessons are stimulating enough, we also arrange enrichment activities where the girls have fun tackling problems with pupils from visiting schools, enter girls for the various UK Mathematical Challenges and take older pupils out to any available, suitably interesting and appropriate talks or lectures.
Success in examinations is also important, and girls are prepared for the highest level qualifications that they can achieve. Mathematics was the first department in the School to introduce International GCSE and all girls are currently prepared for the Higher Tier examinations. Our Set 1 and Set 2 pupils also cover the work for AQA Further Mathematics, which they can opt to sit in Upper Fifth, in addition to their International GCSE.
A level Mathematics and A level Further Mathematics are on offer for Sixth Form pupils. Approximately 50% of Sixth Form girls opt to study Mathematics each year, both because Mathematics is a fascinating subject and because it is a sought-after qualification.
Further information about mathematics may be obtained by contacting the Head of Department, Mr Oliver Wills.
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