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Mathematics

Mr Tomkins teaching

Mathematics at RMGS is taught by well qualified, mathematically trained teachers who are sympathetic to the varying demands of their students. In Years 7 and 8, students are taught in form groups whilst Years 9 to 11 are taught in sets, whose sizes allow those students of lesser ability to be taught in smaller groups.

The maths department use interactive whiteboards which are in each classroom and the school computer network has several pieces of specialist mathematics software so that students in Years 7 to 11 will have many opportunities to use these.
All pupils start GCSE work in year 9. The express sets take Mathematics GCSE and the Level 2 Certificate in Further Mathematics in the June of Year 11. All other groups just take the Mathematics GCSE in the June of Year 11.

From September 2017 year 12 will be taught the new OCR(MEI) A level which includes pure mathematics, mechanics and statistics. The exam will be at the end of year 13, further details are on moodle. In Year 13, groups will be taught A2 Mathematics, which consists of core maths 3 and 4 units and either mechanics 1 or statistics 2 units.

For the more able mathematicians an additional Further Mathematics is available for year 12 and year 13. Extra help for STEP maths is available for those wishing to read Mathematics at some top universities such as Cambridge.

EXTRA CURRICULAR

The department is well equipped with a wide variety of support and enrichment material. Up to date graphical calculators are available for class use but we do expect students to have their own scientific calculator and drawing equipment.

Students are encouraged to see the mathematics as well as realising the importance of the skills developed in a mathematics course. They are made aware of the opportunities available through its study. We run a Puzzle Club each week for Lower School students and each lunchtime we hold clinics and surgeries for students who are having problems.

Each year, years 7 and 8 take part in the Junior Mathematics Challenge where they are faced with unusual mathematical questions, whilst many year 9 10 and 11 students take the Intermediate Mathematics Challenge. Year 12 and year 13 also have an opportunity to take part in the Senior Mathematics Challenge. They are all set by the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust. There is a Senior Maths Team for year 12 and 13. The Senior Maths Team have been Regional Champions three times in the last five years and were third in the UK in 2014.

Each lunchtime, there is a maths teacher available to give extra help to all pupils. The maths department also has a numeracy intervention scheme. A selected group of lower school pupils will receive extra support from one of the year 12 senior students, supervised by a maths teacher, for twenty minutes once a week, outside of their usual lessons.

The Mathematics Department also run a Chess Club on Thursday lunchtime.

To find out information about the all the sixth form courses offered please see the sixth form pages.

  • Science Specialist School
  • The Prince's Teaching Institute 3 Subjects
  • The Prince's Teaching Institute Leadership 2016
  • Leading Edge
  • Educational Outcomes Awards
  • Ofsted Outstanding