Mathematics

We aim to give all our pupils a confidence in Mathematics, making the subject enjoyable and teaching pupils at a pace and ability level suitable to them. We try to create a positive working atmosphere teaching good work habits by example and explanation.

Modern technology is employed appropriately both as an aid to teaching and to enhance learning. We aim to keep the lower ability sets small across the years to enable us to support those students as fully as possible. Help is also available outside of normal teaching time including some compulsory sessions for students retaking units.

The enjoyment of Mathematics is important and our students are involved in helping with Maths lessons at the Swindon Academy and local primary schools.

The use of ICT is encouraged and pupils have access to an online mathematical teaching package which is used through the curriculum and can be used for revision purposes. The use of graphical calculators is encouraged in the sixth form and all students are instructed in their use.

In the lower school all students sit IGCSE Mathematics. The more able students sit the IGCSE early and move on to Additional Maths while many students will be taught beyond the IGCSE syllabus with some AS material being covered as extension work.

More students study Mathematics than any other subject in the Sixth Form at Marlborough. Pupils can choose a single A level in Maths or to combine it with A level Further Maths and beyond to A level Furthest Maths.

We prepare students to study mathematical subjects at the top universities, including Oxford and Cambridge. Oxbridge lessons start during the Lent Term of the Lower Sixth: initially, we tackle a broad base of interesting and challenging ideas but later focus more specifically on the Oxford entrance examinations and then the STEP examinations for Cambridge.

Enrichment

Approximately a third of each year group will compete in either the senior or intermediate mathematical challenges each year with the more able lower school students sitting both. Several students each year qualify for the follow-on rounds and beyond.

We also enter a team in the National Senior Team Competition where we have reached the national final. In order to further challenge our students we run a House lower school maths team competition each year. The maths library is an area where students can reference books specific to our subject and is also a place where they can go to work, students are also free to work in classrooms where there is often a member of the department on hand to help them.

There is also an area dedicated to maths books in the main school library. We are even lucky enough to have an original edition of Newton's Principia Mathematica in the rare books section of our library.