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Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.

Albert Einstein
 

Why Study Maths?

The department is situated at the heart of King's, occupying classrooms along the main corridor. Pupils arriving in Third Form follow an integrated three-year course that covers work required for the IGCSE and beyond.

A level maths is an extremely popular choice at King's and the number of pupils taking Further Maths has increased dramatically.

 

Our Maths Clinic is held two lunchtimes a week, and is 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 each year, which leads to the UK Maths Olympiads and Team Maths Challenges.

Pupils develop a high level of competency, knowledge and ability in mathematics. Teachers have high expectations of pupils from Year 9 onwards and these younger pupils are already working successfully on concepts at the higher level of IGCSE.

ISI Inspection Report 2018
 

The Only Subject that Counts...

The Jacobians is King’s oldest society and open to all Sixth Form mathematicians. There are meetings every two to three weeks, with the final meeting of each term traditionally a pizza evening.

Discussions include areas of the subject far beyond the confines of the usual curriculum. Meetings could take the form of a short talk, activity or presentation, a puzzle evening, pub quiz or a mathematically-themed theatre trip. Recent meetings have also included talks entitled Maths BC, Cryptic Puzzles, and The sky’s the Limit.

 

Maths Challenges

King's has a strong history of success in a number of national maths challenges. The Senior Mathematical Challenge is a 90-minute, multiple-choice competition for pupils across the UK. It encourages mathematical reasoning, precision of thought, and fluency in using basic mathematical techniques to solve interesting problems. These problems are designed to make pupils think. Most are accessible, yet still challenge those with more experience. Our pupils regularly come away with gold, silver and bronze awards each year.

Andrew Perrins

MMath, Hertford College, Oxford
Head of Maths

Meg Menheneott

BSc, Newcastle University
Maths Teacher (second in department)

Gerd Wrobel

BSc, University of Erfurt
Maths Teacher

Tristan Stone

BA, University of Plymouth
Maths Teacher

Wendy Grant

Bsc, IFS School of Finance
Maths Teacher

Ruth Streeter

LLB, Liverpool University
Maths Teacher and Learning Strategies
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