The Mathematics staff at Ewell Castle are highly experienced and utilise both traditional and modern approaches in their teaching with the department priding itself on meeting the needs of each individual pupil. All classrooms are fitted with state of the art equipment including electronic whiteboards with some classes being taught in computer rooms in order to develop an understanding of the ever more relevant computational aspects of mathematics. Mathematics Club, a weekly drop in session, aims to assist students struggling with their homework, unsure about a new topic or trying to improve assessment marks. Beyond this, students who need further help are encouraged to arrange to see a teacher on a one to one basis.
Students are entered in a variety of Mathematics competitions with Ewell Castle having a strong history of excellent scores, with several having qualified for Olympiad competitions. We also take students to conferences, visits and lectures when appropriate.
YEARS 7- 9
Students are placed in sets in Year 7 based on assessments during the first half term. However, students are moved up and down sets as necessary. All sets follow a common syllabus with extension work encouraged for the more able students.
Collins Frameworking books are used as our key textbooks but are heavily supplemented from external resources and our own material. Students are extended with UKMT Mathematics Challenges and extension work where applicable. Two homeworks are set per week, a written and a MyMaths homework.
All students are entered into Edexcel’s GCSE Mathematics A Linear Course. This course aims to be complete by the end of January in Year 11, giving ample time for revision during Year 11. Lower sets are typically classes of eight so that these students are able to receive attention on a more individual level. The top set is also entered for AQA’s Certificate of Further Mathematics, which stretches and challenges them to a level above GCSE. Last year we achieved a 94% A* - C pass rate at GCSE.
Mathematics is one of the most popular A-Level subjects in the school with Further Mathematics also available. For students aiming at for top universities such as Oxbridge, we provide extra assistance in preparing for the interview. A Level Mathematics students will study two pure and one statistics modules in Lower Sixth. This is repeated in the Upper Sixth, with mechanics replacing statistics to make a total of six modules. Further Mathematicians will study all the A/S and A2 modules over the first 12 months, sitting their Mathematics A-Level at the end of the Lower 6th Form. They will then study the Further Mathematics syllabus in the 12 months of the Upper 6th Form. Last year we achieved a 80% A* - C pass rate in both A level and Further Mathematics.
|Mr D Vijapura BSc, PGCE||Head of Department|
|Ms C Hoddell BEd|
|Mrs D Barker BMus, PGCE|
|Ms E Walford BSc, QTS|
|Mr J Bernardo MEd, BSc|
|Mr R Nugteren BSc, Grad Dip|
|Mr P Edwards Bsc, PGCE|