The Mathematics Department at Wimbledon High School is a centre of excellence in the school, with an outstanding record of achievement at all levels. Our aim is to instil in every girl the confidence and skills necessary to achieve her own mathematical potential.
Through curiosity, working collaboratively and determination, we foster a love of Mathematics and appreciation of its beauty. Teaching in ability-based groups (from Year 8 onwards) ensures that all girls are able to receive the right level of stretch, challenge and support guided by the dedicated and highly experienced staff.
Mathematics is the most beautiful and most powerful creation of the human spirit - Stefan Benach
At Key Stage 3, our aim is to encourage, motivate and stimulate all pupils to reach their full potential as active, independent learners who can take responsibility for their own learning and progress.
Our purpose, along with consolidating work that pupils have done in their primary schools, is to develop their ability to work mathematically by applying their knowledge and skills. We also introduce some new topic areas. Our schemes of work follow the national curriculum and include topics across the six main areas: Number, Ratio, Proportion and Rates of Change, Algebra, Geometry and Measures, Probability and Statistics.
All girls work towards higher tier Edexcel IGCSE, commencing in Year 9. Those in Set 1 will have the opportunity to study for Additional Maths in Year 11. Although not essential, Additional Maths provides candidates with an introduction to the mathematics studied at A Level and is recommended for those going on to study Further Maths A Level.
Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can ensure you mine are greater still - Albert Einstein
Mathematics is presented as a vibrant subject in its own right, whilst alongside this, recognising the importance its applications hold. We are proud that it is one of the most popular subjects in the Sixth Form.
The breadth of the applicability of Mathematics is enormous, and for a large number of degree courses an A level in Mathematics is an essential or desirable qualification. The study of Mathematics offers opportunities for creativity, team-working and communication, and for many careers it is the ability to explain complicated concepts clearly to a non-mathematical audience that is in demand.
Studying Further Mathematics is excellent preparation for University, especially if you wish to study any mathematics-related subject such as Engineering, Science, Computing or Technology, as well as Mathematics itself. Many universities now encourage students to take Further Mathematics qualifications to improve their mathematical preparation for degree courses. Some leading universities now specify Further Mathematics as an entry requirement for certain courses.
There is a wide range of Mathematical co-curricular opportunities on offer at Wimbledon High School. Girls take part in the UKMT Maths Challenges at junior, intermediate and senior levels and many score highly enough to compete in follow on rounds. Selected girls compete in the UKMT Team Maths Challenges annually and we have a team that compete in the prestigious Hans Woyda Maths competition.
There are also weekly support sessions for all students, Sixth Formers run a Maths club and we provide a Sixth Form mentoring programme for more one-to-one support, if required. All students are invited to take part in the inter-house Maths competition.