Mathematics is a fundamental part of human thought and logic, and integral to attempts at understanding the world and ourselves. The study of Mathematics trains pupils to think analytically and to apply logical deduction in the solution of problems.
Duke of Kent School Mathematics Department aims to ensure that all students engage with the challenges of the subject, enjoy their study of Mathematics and develop confidence. We introduce topics in ways that are accessible to pupils and revisit each area at intervals, always building on and extending previous knowledge.
Our well equipped Department offers traditional and innovative teaching approaches. The emphasis in our lessons is on direct teaching based upon clear and well-structured explanation of key points by the teacher. Students are expected to participate enthusiastically: answering questions, contributing to discussions and explaining their methods. Students are also guided towards the discovery of Mathematics through solving problems for themselves.
All students are prepared for the Edexcel International GCSE Mathematics examination at the end of Year 11. We are very proud of our excellent results and the large numbers of students who choose to go on to study Mathematics at A level.
Learning in small class sizes ensures that each student's work and progress is closely monitored; work is carefully differentiated to suit levels of individual ability. Students have opportunities to ask questions and seek clarification and support. We work closely with the Learning Development Department to ensure that additional support is made available when required.
Every year a number of students take part in the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust Maths Challenges. Students in Year 10 and 11 also have the option of attending extra sessions to study for the OCR Level 3 Additional Mathematics qualification which provides both extra challenge and preparation for A level studies.
"Pupils with particular strengths in mathematics achieve at an exceptionally high level through the 'stretch and challenge' programme."
ISI Inspection Report, January 2017
Mrs E Coackley - Head of Mathematics