|As a department we place a great deal of emphasis on engaging pupils with the beauty and surprise of mathematics, helping them to understand not only its utility, but its intrigue.
In the Junior School, First and Second Form pupils work through a variety of tasks, ranging from searching the College campus for tessellations, to 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 UK Mathematics Trust (UKMT) 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.
Fourth and Fifth Form pupils sit the IGCSE Mathematics qualification. This course not only provides learning opportunities beyond the standard GCSE course but it also provides pupils who are aiming for a B or C grade the best possible chance of success as well as stretching the more able and helping prepare them for the study of A Level mathematics.
An IGCSE in Further Maths is also available for very able mathematicians subject to a viable number of pupils opting for this course. 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. We offer both A Level Mathematics and A Level Further Mathematics which are challenging and interesting courses. Additionally we offer support to those pupils sitting entrance exams to study mathematics at the top universities.
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.
The Mathematics Department at Denstone is lucky enough to be housed in a super 2018 addition to the campus, The Derbyshire Building, which we share with Modern Foreign Languages. It is a two storey, 12 classroom building with smartboards and the very latest in teaching technology and furniture.Further subject information can be found in the relevant school curriculum document on the Curriculum page.