The theory covered goes under the broad headings of:
Although all of these topics are dealt with at each year level, they vary by degree of intensity and level of expectation for subsequent year groups.
In Year 9 the primary focus is on the learning of rudimentary knowledge and skills which can be employed in the contexts of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and problem solving. It gives pupils the chance to explore the application of theory in a controlled context so that they begin to see the value of what they are studying.
The focus of the Year 10 programme shifts slightly so that it starts to focus on the quality of work that is needed to meet the standards that are required to be successful at the GCSE level. Time is spent on the development of graphing skills and the use of and the interpretation of diagrams in problems solving.
The Year 11 programme provides many opportunities for pupils to develop regardless of ability. Without doubt some candidates struggle with certain concepts in Mathematics; for them support groups are put in place to help them maximise their outcomes. For the more able candidates an additional GCSE subject can be earned through success on the IGCSE Additional Mathematics course.
As a school we participate in the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust (UKMT) Intermediate Mathematics Challenge and Olympiad competitions. All pupils are encouraged to take part and performances compared to those of their counterparts throughout the UK, with prizes awarded based on performances. Year on year our pupils tend to perform well in these competitions, winning prizes and earning invitations to UKMT summer schools and masterclasses.