Mathematics is a core subject that is studied by all pupils up to GCSE and it is a popular subject in the Sixth Form where there is a healthy take up for Mathematics and Further Mathematics.
We aim to make the subject accessible and enjoyable for all pupils, whatever their starting point. A host of Mathematical activities are run throughout the year for pupils of all ages and ability levels, including UKMT Mathematical Challenges, the Inter-Company Mathematics Challenge for the Fourth Forms, visits to Techniquest for the Mathamagic show and a variety of lectures and masterclasses, some in school and others at the University of Bath or further afield. We benefit from a close association with the government-sponsored Further Mathematics Support Programme which organises some excellent courses for pupils in the UIV Form and beyond. Further, through the Independent State School Partnership (ISSP), we have enjoyed many activities in partnership with the North Wilts federation schools.
The Mathematics department promotes the consistency of mathematical learning across the curriculum. Continued close liaison with other departments is aimed at enabling girls to use and apply Mathematics effectively in all their subject areas.
Currently, we follow the Edexcel IGCSE Mathematics course where we start this course during the Autumn Term of the UIV year. All exams are at the end of the UV year. Most girls enter at the Higher Tier, aiming for grades A* to D, but those who experience particular difficulty are able to transfer to the Foundation Tier (up to grade C).
Sixth Form courses
Mathematics is a popular subject, with almost one half of the LVI Form taking one of our courses. Girls who are thinking of reading Mathematics at university may also work on a supervised extended project (EPQ) of their choice and we help to prepare those who have made Oxbridge applications for the entrance examinations and interviews.
From September 2017, we will be studying the new Edexcel A Level course in which girls will study Pure Maths, Mechanics and Statistics over two years. A small number of girls opt to take A Level Further Mathematics, as well as the normal A Level Mathematics course. The Further Mathematicians will aim to complete the A Level Mathematics course in the LVI and then take the Further Mathematics course in the UVI. Additionally, we offer the AS Mathematics which the girls can take as part of their supra-curricula options - the course will be studied over two years. The AS course is particularly suitable for girls who are taking A Level science subjects.
We are also offering the AQA Mathematical Studies (Core Maths) course, which will run throughout both Sixth Form years, as part of the supra-curricula options. It is equivalent to an AS qualification. This course will particularly benefit those girls who study subjects such as Economics, Biology, Geography or Psychology.
Dr Stephen Drape (Head of Department)