Mathematics

Head of Department: Mr Pannell

Mathematics

Head of Department: Mr Pannell

  • The Mathematics Department is staffed by 11 highly skilled specialist teachers led by Mr Pannell (Head of Mathematics). The management team also includes Ms Tumilty (2ic and KS3 Coordinator) and Ms Woodruff (3ic and G&T Coordinator).

    Through clear direction, the department has consistently delivered outstanding examination results over many years with the majority of students achieving A* at GCSE and A*/A at A Level. Mathematics is very popular as an A Level option with approximately 350 students studying maths in the sixth form and, of these, almost 100 studying further maths. The department is proud of the high quality maths education it provides, and of the many students that have gone on to read Mathematics at reputable Universities such as Cambridge and Warwick.

    Our philosophy in the Mathematics Department is that students learn mathematics most effectively by doing mathematics and our lessons are constructed with this in mind. With 11 contemporary maths classrooms, each equipped with the latest interactive whiteboard technology, students have a first class environment within which they can learn. Teaching and learning is further enhanced through the use of mymaths.co.uk and graphical software such as Autograph. The department is well resourced with the latest text books, and has a range of other relevant teaching materials.

    The Mathematics Department prides itself in providing a warm, supportive working environment for its staff, making Latymer a great place to both teach and learn mathematics.

  • Students cover the following areas of mathematics: Number; Algebra; Ratio, Proportion and Rates of Change; Geometry and Measures; Probability; Statistics.

    In Years 7 and 8 the students are taught in mixed ability groups, and in Year 9 they are taught in sets. The sets are reviewed at the end of Year 9.

    The levels covered in each year, based on GCSE (9-1), are as follows:

    • Year 7: 2 - 5
    • Year 8: 3 - 6
    • Year 9: 4 - 7

    We have the latest resources that relate mathematics to real life and cater for students of all abilities.

  • Students cover the following areas of mathematics: Number; Algebra; Ratio, Proportion and Rates of Change; Geometry and Measures; Probability; Statistics.

    Students are taught in sets which are reviewed at the end of Year 10.

    The levels covered in each year, based on GCSE (9-1), are as follows:

    • Year 10: 5 - 8
    • Year 11: 6 - 9

    All students are entered for EDEXCEL GCSE MATHS 9-1 (1MA1) at the higher level. We have the latest resources that relate mathematics to real life and cater for students of all abilities. Where appropriate, a number of topics may be studied in more depth.

  • Mathematics is a very popular choice in the Sixth Form. There are currently seven Year 12 and seven Year 13 groups studying Single Maths (A Level Maths) and two Year 12 and two Year 13 groups studying Double Maths (Maths and Further Maths). Students opting for the latter have double the teaching time of the single option.

    Single Maths (from September 2017)
    A Level Mathematics Edexcel 9MA0
    (AS Level Mathematics Edexcel 8MA0 is embedded but is not an option from the outset)

    Double Maths (from September 2017)
    A Level Mathematics Edexcel 9MA0
    A Level Further Mathematics Edexcel 9FM0
    (AS Level Further Mathematics 8FM0 is embedded but is not a formal option at Latymer)

    The A Level Mathematics and Further Mathematics syllabuses are designed to enable students to develop mathematical understanding; to reason logically; to generalise and construct proofs; to recognise how different areas of mathematics are connected; to apply mathematics and recognise its significance to other disciplines, and to model ‘real world’ problems. A variety of Pure Maths, Mechanics and Statistics topics are studied.

  • Each year, hundreds of our students are entered for the UKMT national competitions at Junior, Intermediate, and Senior levels. The results are outstanding with most students achieving a bronze, silver, or gold certificate. Students who perform exceptionally well are invited to attempt one of the follow on rounds which provide a fantastic opportunity for our most gifted mathematicians to excel. Recently, two of our senior students qualified for the BMO round 2 (final) paper, taken by an elite few nationwide. Both did very well, with one scoring high enough to be invited to a mathematics workshop at Trinity College, Cambridge. One of our students also competed as part of the UK team in the International Mathematical Olympiad 2016. The UK team finished 7th out of 109 countries, and our student finished in a lofty 2nd place within the UK team, a fantastic achievement.

    The Mathematics Department welcomes visitors such as prospective trainee teachers and former students who have gone on to study maths at university. The links maintained with former students have proven invaluable and many have returned to Latymer to offer help and advice to current students with their applications to Cambridge. We also work closely with furthermaths.org.uk and each year our prospective Oxbridge candidates attend the entrance exam preparation courses that they provide.

    The Department continues to maintain strong working relationships with teacher training institutions such as King’s College, and is a willing provider in training the maths teachers of tomorrow. More locally, we assist in providing maths support for Year 6 pupils by sending around 30 Year 12 volunteers into a neighbouring primary school.