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Mathematics

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.

If you would more detail on the curriculum please request a Curriculum Guide.

Academic Results and Higher Education

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

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