Mathematics & Further Mathematics

The Mathematics Department at Pangbourne aims to develop students’ confidence in the subject by teaching at a pace and ability level which suits each individual.

All Mathematics classrooms are equipped with modern technology such as interactive whiteboards and various online learning platforms to aid both teaching and enhance individual learning. Sixth Form students are encouraged to have a graphical calculator and are given instructions in how to use it.

Students in Forms 1-3 are taught a broad mathematical curriculum in preparation for examination at IGCSE or GCSE level (following the Edexcel board). Able students are sometimes entered for their IGCSE at the end of Form 4 if the Department feels they have a strong chance of gaining an A* and are then taught an extension syllabus in Form 5.

In the Sixth Form, students can choose to take AS and/or A Level Mathematics (following the Edexcel board) with Further Mathematics taught to the more able pupils.

Students are given ample preparation for studying Mathematics and related subjects at top universities, and support is available for University of Oxford entrance papers and STEP papers for the University of Cambridge should it be required.

To further aid pupils’ enjoyment of Mathematics, extension groups for Forms 1-5 are provided to help and encourage able students to think about areas of study outside of the Syllabus.

Euler Society and Abelian Group meetings for Lower Sixth and Upper Sixth students, respectively, are popular, informal and challenging regular events, held as part of Pangbourne’s Gifted and Talented Programme.

Help is available for those students struggling with Maths problems during Mathematics surgeries which are held outside of normal lesson times.

Approximately, one-third of students sit the national Maths Challenge papers each year and teams are entered into the Senior, Junior and Form 5 Team Challenge events, with recent successes seeing a number of pupils recording one of the best 3,000 scores in the Maths Challenge and being invited to take part in the Kangaroo competitions.

Students help run the annual Primary School Maths Day and Prep School Maths Challenge where younger pupils are encouraged to develop an interest and love of the subject, aided by their enthusiastic, older peers.

The Department
Mr Andy Codling Acting Head of Mathematics
BSc Accounting and Economics, University of Southampton, GTP in Mathematics, University of Kingston
Mrs Samantha Greenwood Teacher of Mathematics &
Head of Key Stage 4

BSc (Hons) Mathematics, University of Bristol and PGCE Mathematics, University of Oxford
Seema PurewalTeacher of Mathematics

BA Accountancy, Birmingham City University, MA School Improvement and Educational Leadership, University of Birmingham and Postgraduate Certificate Research Studies

Mr Terry WaldenTeacher of Mathematics
BSc (Hons) Science, University of Portsmouth and PGCE Mathematics, University of Southampton
Mrs Jacqui Waller Teacher of Mathematics
BSc (Hons) Science, University of Portsmouth and PGCE Mathematics, University of Southampton
Mr Mark WoodcockTeacher of Mathematics
BSc (Hons) Mathematics and Physics and MSc Radiation Physics, University of London
Mr Fergus Yuille Teacher of Mathematics
BA (Hons) Building Management and Technology and PGCE Mathematics, University of Liverpool