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Mathematics lies at the heart of knowledge, as well as the curriculum in Downside.

Problem solving, logical processing and the ability to form connections between different fields are transferable skills that can be applied to all aspects of education, as well as in later life. Whilst there is some need for learning by rote, the emphasis throughout the mathematics curriculum is on analysis, interpretation and application of standard techniques to solve problems.

From the First Form up to the Fifth Form, pupils are set based on previous attainment, so they can build their confidence in the subject and learn at the most appropriate pace. Whilst low-attainment sets concentrate on understanding and using the fundamental principles, high-attainment sets develop the concepts to more depth with opportunities to tackle more challenging problems, rather than simply extending the syllabus.

GCSE and A Level Mathematics

Pupils are prepared for the International GCSE examinations. We offer a robust traditional course that prepares them well for the rigours of A Level Mathematics, as well as giving a sound basis for further studies in subjects for which a good background understanding of mathematics is essential, such as sciences and technology.

The Sixth Form course is a mixture of pure and applied content, and is one of the most popular A Level subjects in Downside. Studying Mathematics at A Level enhances the ability to think clearly, manipulate precise and intricate concepts, follow complex reasoning, construct logical arguments and expose illogical ones; skills that are invaluable in the rapidly changing modern world.

A Level Further Mathematics

Further Mathematics is also available for those seeking to read mathematics, economics, engineering or science at a top university. This course offers a rich variety of mathematical study, extending both the pure and applied content. Further Mathematics pupils are taught separately at the faster pace. They cover the A Level Mathematics syllabus in the first two terms. Optional modules in Further Mathematics include Further Statistics, Further Mechanics, Numerical Methods and Extra Pure.

Head of Mathematics

In mathematics, pupils show an excellent application of appropriate methodology to problems, based on good numeracy skills developed in response to enthusiastic and knowledgeable teaching.
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