Mathematics is the means of
looking at the patterns that make up our world and the intricate and beautiful
ways in which they are constructed and realised.
Numeracy is the means of making that knowledge useful. Mathematics develops
students’ abilities to calculate; to reason logically, algebraically, and
geometrically; to analyse and solve problems and to handle data. These skills
are also important in other subjects and future careers and can prepare all
young people to be financially capable in everyday life. As a subject in its
own right, Mathematics presents frequent opportunities for creativity, and can
stimulate moments of pleasure and wonder when a problem is solved for the first
time, or a more elegant solution to a problem is discovered, or when hidden
connections suddenly manifest.
At the Alice Smith School we
encourage students to be critical thinkers which is reinforced in our
Mathematics lessons through the key mathematical processes of representation,
reasoning, analysis, interpretation, evaluation, communication and reflection.
We emphasise the importance of exploring and assessing different techniques and
strategies and being able to apply the most appropriate. We are one of the
largest faculties with ten fully qualified teachers. One of the faculty
highlights of the current academic year was an Architecture and Engineering
themed trip to Italy where students experienced first-hand unique and
unforgettable historic buildings and sights of Ancient Rome, Florence, Vesuvius and Herculaneum.
Mathematics is a mandatory
subject at IGCSE level with an impressive 30% of students each year also opting
to study an Additional Mathematics IGCSE course as well. 80% of Sixth Form
students select A Level Mathematics or Further Mathematics.
you would more detail on the curriculum please request a Curriculum Guide.
Our results are excellent in
Mathematics at IGCSE (71% A*-A in 2012) and A Level (72% A*-B in 2012) and on a
par with the leading independent schools in the UK. All students who took Further Mathematics A Level in 2012
scored either A* or A.
Approximately 20% of Alice Smith students each year go on to study
Mathematics related degrees at leading universities, mainly in the UK. Included
in the 2012 cohort of courses and destinations were Mechanical Engineering at
Oxford, Architecture at University College London, Chemical Engineering at the
University of Bath and Aeronautical Engineering at the University of Bristol