Beauty is the first test; there is no permanent place in the world for ugly mathematics.
G H Hardy
Everything stems from mathematics. It is the language of the universe; understanding the awe and wonder of mathematics is to experience a life in full.
Mathematics is a highly creative and beautiful subject which is connected to many areas in life. It has been developed over centuries, providing us with the answers to life’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment.
The Mathematics Department aims to provide a high-quality mathematics education which will equip students with foundational skills to allow them to become independent learners with an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
The intention is to give students the confidence to tackle problems related to number, algebra, ratio, proportion, geometry, probability and statistics, and to allow them to be thinkers rather than doers.
Those students who we inspire will continue with further study, which will lead them to discoveries about the world that we have never considered before. For instance, Scientists at the forefront of research are using mathematical models to make predictions about the composition of the universe and life itself.
For our students who are starting the journey into the world of mathematics, it is hard to see the wonders ahead, and time needs to be given to mastering the basics and developing fluency. It is this approach that starts in year 7 and resonates throughout each lesson, week, month and year, culminating in a revision year in year 11. It is then, only when the studies become more advanced, can the true beauty of mathematics be seen. Those who can appreciate such beauty have their eyes opened to wonders which others cannot even begin to comprehend. It is these students who may embark on further studies beyond GCSE and will become the next generation of genius.