Maths at Abbotsholme


Mathematics is a fantastic subject that both enhances and quantifies the world around us.

It is an exceptionally powerful tool that is needed in all areas of life and is vital to succeed in the workplace. The skills include logical reasoning, problem solving and the ability to think in abstract ways. Different cultures have contributed to the development and application of mathematics. Today, the subject transcends cultural boundaries and its importance is universally recognised. Mathematics is fundamental to national prosperity in providing tools for understanding science, engineering, technology and economics and frankly changing the world. As well as that, Mathematics has a wonder and elegance all of its own.

Maths is studied at Abbotsholme using a variety of approaches, including investigations, group work and activities, some real and some online. We show how Maths can be applied to real applications and encourage students to use and develop their mathematical ideas in other subject areas. Every classroom is equipped with an interactive whiteboard or a projector which helps staff produce outstanding lessons.

Daily lunchtime maths workshops are run as drop in sessions for students wanting more support in certain areas.We provide the opportunity for our students to demonstrate their problem solving abilities when they enter the UK Mathematics Trust Challenges at all three levels. We also run Team Challenges with competitions held against other schools in the region both at junior and senior levels.

Year 7-9

Pupils begin their mathematical journey in the senior school in Year 7, ultimately building towards their GCSE qualification at the end of Year 11.  They are taught in small, ability-based sets and cover a wide range of topics that lay the foundations for later years.  Pupils are encouraged to develop independent learning skills and time is devoted to cultivating these skills.  This helps them learn more efficiently while gaining a deeper understanding of some key mathematical principles.

GCSE Maths

All pupils begin the GCSE course in Year 9, which gives time to develop a thorough understanding of the course material and also to undertake a revision period to consolidate learning at the end of the course.  Pupils will sit exams for the new GCSE (9-1) specification from summer 2017.

Extension work is given to challenge the most able pupils, including extra-curricular activities such as the UKMT individual and team challenges.  Extra support is provided for pupils who find Mathematics more difficult, including lunchtime drop-in sessions and timetabled lessons in smaller groups.  A number of teachers within the Mathematics department have experience in industry and we aim to help pupils appreciate the practical applications of what they do in class.

In January all year 10 & 11 students will put their teamwork, finance and business minds together in a competitive but fun Oil trading game run by Professional Engineers.

A Level Maths

Sixth Form pupils study a modular course in Mathematics that follows the Edexcel A level specification.  Pupils study three modules (two pure and one applied) in each year of the Sixth Form.  Pupils normally study a combination of Statistics, Mechanics and Decision applied modules to give them a broad base for further studies, although we will tailor the exact choice based on the preferences and requirements of each group.  Further Mathematics may be available to stronger pupils and involves studying six more modules (three each year) in addition to those in the Mathematics course. AS levels are also possible.

Maths is a popular subject at A Level, with approximately one third of our Sixth Form students opting for Maths as part of their A Level options. Our students have achieved excellent A Level results in recent years, with over 50% getting A*-B. In the last 5 years, we have students who have chosen to study Mathematical subjects at the country's top universities. An A Level in Mathematics has always been valued highly by universities and employers alike.




Maths Department Success

In recent weeks, the Maths department has been celebrating success for our pupils in the Intermediate Maths Challenge and IGCSE Maths. Earlier this term, pupils in Years 9, 10 and 11 sat the Intermediate Maths Challenge. Designed to make pupils...


Senior Maths Team Challenge

On Monday 28 November, four pupils attended the Senior Team Maths Challenge. Competing against 15 other schools, the competition involved three 40 minute rounds.  Round 1 consisted of 10 questions. Is that all? The team had to decide wheth...


Mathematics in Action

On Tuesday 8 November the Year 10 top Maths set went to the university of Salford, Manchester for a ‘Mathematics in Action’ day.  We watched and got involved in a series of lectures from pleasingly non-stereotypical mathematici...


Maths at the Races

Two top racing industry professionals working with the charity “BHEST British Horseracing Education & Standards Trust”  hosted all the Year 8’s on a fantastic trip to Uttoxeter Races on Thursday 5 May. Carrie was an...


Junior Maths Challenge 2016

Students at Abbotsholme today sat the UKMT Junior Maths Challenge. Over 250,000 students who excel in Maths from across the UK sat the paper with roughly the top 6% of entrants nationally receiving a gold certificate, the next 13% receiving silver...

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