The department is situated at the heart of King's occupying classrooms along the main corridor. Pupils arriving in Year 9 (our Third Form) follow an integrated three-year course designed by the head of department. This covers work required for GCSE and more besides, related to the ability of the individual pupil.
Maths has the largest number of Sixth Form pupils at King's. Numbers taking further maths have increased dramatically, while The Jacobians (the long established Sixth Form Maths Society) regularly combines mathematical and social events. We have had visits to external lectures in Bristol, Plymouth, Glamorgan and Exeter as well as attending a lecture at the Royal Society.
'Maths Clinic' is held three lunchtimes a week, when staff and Sixth Form pupils are on hand to give extra individual help. Over a hundred pupils enter the UK Intermediate and/or Senior Maths Challenge, which leads to the UK Maths Olympiads and we also enter teams in the UK Team Maths Challenges.
Head of department John Round was an Oxford Scholar, earning a first in maths (specialising in theoretical fluid mechanics). He has been an examiner for mathematics at various levels since 1984 and was involved with two textbooks for further maths A level. Both his daughters took further maths A-level, studied other subjects at University and now teach maths themselves.
Gerd Wrobel was born, raised and educated in Germany. He holds a degree in maths and physics and, after completing a PGCE, has been working in England since the late 90s. He moved to King's in 2006 and has a son and daughter currently at King's Hall School.
Meg Menheneott graduated from Newcastle University with a BSc in Statistics. She has worked at King's since 2011 teaching Mathematics. Meg is the Sixth Form Events Coordinator and coaches netball and tennis.
Chris Mason joined King's in 2011 and has an MMath degree from Exeter. Chris also assists with school drama productions, and can sometimes be seen performing in the various school music concerts.
Stewart Henderson joined the department in 2014. After reading Maths at Exeter, he taught in Worcestershire before becoming a Head of Maths locally. His four children have finished university; two studied mathematics, despite having been taught by him.
Kathryn Orr has a maths degree from Queen's, Belfast and is the newest member of the maths department. She played hockey for Queen's.