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Aims & Philosophy of the Maths Department

We aim to make Mathematics an enjoyable, interesting and worthwhile experience for all pupils. We aim to foster pupils’ perseverance and resourcefulness in solving problems, and to develop their ability to think logically yet creatively, leading to an affinity with the subject and excellent examination results.

Overview of Key Stage 5 Curriculum

We offer Mathematics and Further Mathematics to both AS and A2 level. Mathematics is an increasingly popular choice, and typically around half of the girls take the subject at AS Level

The Mathematics course consists of four units of Core Mathematics, one of Mechanics and one of unit of Decision Mathematics.

The Further Mathematics course consists of two units of Statistics, two units of Further Pure Mathematics, and one more unit each of Mechanics and Decision Mathematics.

For higher achievers, there is the option to study for the AEA (Advanced Extension Award) and Oxbridge entrance papers.

We encourage students to work independently and develop their problem-solving skills. The department has written its own resources and diagnostic assessments to support the course, and examination results are buoyant.

What makes the department unique from those at other schools?

The QM maths department has developed its own teaching materials over many years, and has set up its own website full of resources to help girls plan their independent study, and to look at features of the subject beyond the school syllabus. We offer plentiful support to our students, but also encourage them to think for themselves and be as independent as possible. According to national statistics produced by CEM (Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring at Durham University), we score very highly on value-added measures in external examinations.

Outside of the classroom, we invite external speakers to give talks and presentations, run our own version of the Who Wants to be a Millionaire gameshow, organise visits to the Maths Inspiration series of lectures and Bletchley Park, and take part in various individual and team mathematics competitions.

To learn about the Maths Department curriculum
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