Maths Department

 

Staff

Mr Jonathan Todd

Mrs Sally Forbes

Mr David Hinds

Mr Fred Gilmour

Mrs Claire McGilton

Mr Philip Ramsey

Mr Stephen Robinson

Mr Andrew Walker

Subject Overview

Mathematics is considered vital to the development of the world around us. It helps us understand the past and present and predict the future. We need mathematics to create the engineering, technological, scientific and social solutions for the challenges facing the world today.

The aim of the Mathematics department is that pupils should enjoy their experience of Mathematics and appreciate the usefulness of Mathematics in everyday life. Mathematically able pupils should be challenged and develop a fascination for Mathematics which will encourage them to study the subject beyond school.

Accommodation

The Mathematics department has five fully equipped general purpose classrooms. There is also a resource room in which pupils can study. As well as interactive whiteboards the department has 15 ipads used to enhance teaching and pupils learning.

Achievements

The Mathematics department obtains excellent results at both GCSE and at A level. We also regularly have pupils applying to Oxbridge and other universities to continue their study of Mathematics.

Each year we participate in United Kingdom Mathematics Trust competitions. We have also taken part in, and won, the Queen’s University Senior Mathematics challenge in recent years.

Key Stage 3

At Key stage 3 pupils follow the Northern Ireland Curriculum. They are taught Mathematics in the main strands of Number, Algebra, Shape and Space, Measure and Data Handling. The Mathematics Department is embracing the New Curriculum and constantly developing Active Learning Material to enhance pupils enjoyment of Mathematics.

CCEA Specification

Key Stage 4

Mathematics is a core subject at GCSE Level. Whilst continuing to develop knowledge in the main strands we also allow pupils to develop their functional Mathematics skills. The GCSE Specification allows pupils to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts as well as acquiring and using problem-solving strategies.

There is also the opportunity to study GCSE Further Mathematics for those candidates who require knowledge beyond that provided by the GCSE Higher Tier Syllabus in Mathematics and who are capable of working beyond the limits of the existing GCSE examination. It can act as a stepping stone that gives students a sound basis for studying GCE Mathematics, introducing some of the mechanics and statistics topics that appear at AS/A2 level.

Further Mathematics can also help students progress to other studies that require mathematical knowledge and skills, for example higher level science, geography, technology or business.

CCEA Specification

Key Stage 5

GCE Mathematics is a very popular choice at A Level with up to 50 pupils choosing it. It will cover the main strands of Pure Mathematics, Mechanics and Statistics. The subject builds on the skills, knowledge and understanding that students have developed in their previous study of mathematics up to GCSE level and is considered by universities as a very valuable qualification, easily transferable across many different courses and degree types.

A Level Mathematics in one year is offered for capable pupils and those wishing to study Further Mathematics.

Further Mathematics extends the content of ‘A' level Mathematics and helps to promote the development of students as more independent learners with enhanced skills of reasoning and analysis

CCEA Specification

Career Opportunities

Former pupils who have studied Mathematics at GCE Level have experienced success in further and higher education as well as careers in accountancy, finance, statistics, computer programming, engineering, medicine, psychology, architecture, dentistry and teaching among others.

In short, there is no real barrier to what you can do with Mathematics.