Department Background

“Do not worry about your difficulties in mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.” Albert Einstein

“There should be no such thing as boring mathematics.” Edsger Dijkstra

The Mathematics Department is at the heart of the curriculum at Latymer and is staffed by a team of highly skilled specialist teachers:

Head of Department: Mr M Pannell

Teachers: Mr L Billington | Ms G Brander | Ms C Edwards | Mr J Jacobs | Ms T King | Mr S Lunn | Mr M Michael | Miss D Perrin | Mrs J Smith | Ms Y Tran | Mrs R Tyrrell |

For our students, we aim to instil and develop a lifelong love of mathematics. We want them all to grow into confident, resilient mathematicians with inquisitive minds, and to understand the place of mathematics in the world. Uptake from Year 11 into Year 12 is a clear indicator of our success with over three hundred students year-on-year choosing to study either single or double mathematics options at A Level.

The department is proud of the high quality mathematics education it provides, placing an emphasis on allowing teachers the time to focus on their teaching and lesson preparation. Our philosophy is that students learn mathematics most effectively by doing mathematics and our lessons are constructed with this in mind.

Each mathematics classroom, equipped with the latest technology, gives students a first class environment within which they can learn. Teaching and learning are enhanced using mymaths.co.uk, dfm, graphical calculators, and software such as GeoGebra. The department is well resourced with the latest textbooks and a range of relevant teaching materials.

Through clear direction, the department has consistently delivered outstanding examination results over many years with the majority of students achieving top grades in public examinations.

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

Year 7 - 9

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:

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

Year 10 - 11

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:

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, several topics may be studied in more depth

Year 12 - 13

Mathematics is a very popular choice in the Sixth Form. There are multiple groups studying either single maths (A Level Mathematics) or double maths (A Level Mathematics and A Level Further Mathematics). 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 A Level Further Mathematics syllabi 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.

Activities and Recent Highlights

Enrichment and Super-Curricular Activities

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 and in the past, some have progressed to the BMO final paper which is taken by an elite few nationwide. One of our students competed as part of the UK team in the International Mathematical Olympiad in 2016 and 2017. The UK team finished 7th and 9th respectively out of 100 plus countries, a fantastic achievement.

More locally, we have assisted in providing mathematics support for primary age pupils by sending a team of Sixth Form volunteers into a neighbouring primary school. This has proven useful and enjoyable for all concerned.

Our Sixth Form students continue to attend a variety of university-based mathematics programmes and, each year, we ensure that our prospective university candidates have the opportunity to take part in the entrance exam preparation courses that are available.

Destinations

The Mathematics Department welcomes back former Latymerians who have gone on to study Mathematics at university. This has proven invaluable and each year a number of former students return to Latymer to offer advice to current students with their university applications and to conduct practice university interviews.

On average each year, around ten of our students have gone on to read Mathematics at reputable universities such as Cambridge, Oxford, Warwick, and UCL. Many others have gone on to study mathematics related courses such as Engineering or Computer Science.