Mathematics teaching at Denstone aims to provide the opportunity for all our young pupils to discover the intrigue, beauty and surprise of mathematics.

In the First and Second Forms, no textbooks are used. Rather, pupils work through a variety of tasks over the full 36 topics. Tasks range from searching the College campus for tessellations to choosing the best value for money mobile phone contract; from solving puzzles as a means to developing algebra to researching famous creators of mathematics. Pupils use their skills in real life situations or for solving problems.

Pupils will also be prepared for and take part in the UKMT (UK Mathematics Trust) Maths Challenge, which gives students the opportunity to demonstrate their problem solving abilities as they pitch themselves against the best mathematicians nationally. Several pupils have achieved gold awards and pupils often gain invitations to subsequent rounds.

In order to ensure that pupils are stretched during their time at Denstone, IGCSE Mathematics is offered. This course not only provides learning opportunities beyond the standard GCSE course but we feel it also provides pupils who are aiming for a B or C grade the best possible chance of success of reaching their targets.  

An IGCSE in Further Maths is also available for very able mathematicians subject to a viable number of pupils opting for this course.  Pupils who elect to follow this course will learn content similar to that found in countries such as Hong Kong and China, which rank amongst the highest around the globe in terms of mathematical learning.  It contains a number of topic areas related to the A level courses.  Pupils will study this course alongside IGCSE Maths, resulting in two separate IGCSEs in Maths and Further Maths.

Many pupils continue to study mathematics in the Sixth Form and often beyond. It is a subject highly valued by universities and employers and is useful in a number of fields such as computing, economics, engineering and science.

At AS and A2 we follow the Edexcel Modular Specification. The arrangement of modules that we follow can be found in the Senior School Curriculum document. We constantly work hard to develop our A level resources and seek innovative ways to deliver the A level curriculum. We have created a bank of video tutorials, and hands on activities to aid students in developing their understanding.

Further subject information can be found in the relevant school curriculum document on the Curriculum page.