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 to 3 are taught a broad mathematical curriculum in preparation for examination at IGCSE (following the Pearson exam board). Able students are offered the chance to sit the AQA Level 2 certificate in Further Mathematics alongside their IGCSE if the Department feels they are able to cope with the increased demand.
In the Sixth Form there is a wide variety of mathematical courses on offer for pupils to study. Many go on to study A Level mathematics, which is one of the most popular A Level courses. Pupils with a keen interest in the subject may also decide to study Further Mathematics A Level, alongside this. This is encouraged for pupils who are keen to study mathematics or a science at university.
The Core Mathematics course offers pupils a Level 3 Mathematical Studies qualification (equivalent to an AS) with the AQA exam board. This is a strong choice for pupils who wish to go on to study a course at university with a high mathematical content, but do not wish to study mathematics at A Level.
Students are given ample preparation for studying Mathematics and related subjects at top universities, and support is available for University of Oxford entrance papers, MAT, TMUA and STEP papers for the University of Cambridge should it be required.
To further aid pupils’ enjoyment of Mathematics, extension groups for Forms 1 to 5 are provided to help and encourage able students to think about areas of study outside of the Syllabus. We take part in 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 and follow on rounds.
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 four days a week for those students struggling with mathematics problems during Mathematics Surgeries which are held outside of normal lesson times and always staffed with mathematics teachers.
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.