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Encouraging a positive attitude to maths

maths imageMathematics at Monkton is very popular. Each pupil is encouraged to develop a positive attitude to mathematics and to work with confidence and enjoyment. Mathematics is taught in the new £4m state-of-the-art Maths and Science Centre which has the very latest teaching aids, a lecture theatre and seminar rooms.

Students in Year 8 are taught as mixed ability groups and from Year 9 are put into sets according to ability. Year 9 set 1 is usually an accelerated group, who take their IGCSE examination early.


Year 10 and 11: The top three sets and the vast majority of set four are prepared for the higher level IGCSE exam, with one or two pupils each year taking the foundation tier examination. In order to allow as many students as possible to have a chance at taking the higher tier exam, the top three sets are taught to capacity. IGCSE does not include coursework. We aim to use opened ended tasks to develop problem solving skills in a more integrated manner into the syllabus work throughout the course.

Developing a positive attitude to mathematics

A level

The minimum requirement for taking the Mathematics AS/A2 course is an A grade at Higher Tier GCSE. The minimum requirement for Further Mathematics is an A* that is over 90% at Higher Tier GCSE.

There are four compulsory pure mathematics modules (C1, C2, (AS) C3 and C4 (A2)). The remaining two modules are applied mathematics. The Further Mathematics syllabus has two further compulsory pure units (FP1, FP2), and the remaining units can be made from a range of additional applied and pure modules. For full details of this course and the Further Mathematics syllabus, please refer to the Sixth form brochure in the Sixth form section.


As a department we try to extend students experience of mathematics outside the curriculum at every opportunity. Students from Years 8-13 take part in the UK Mathematics Challenges either as individuals or as a team. Exceptional students are given the opportunity to take part in the UK Mathematical Trust Mentoring Scheme, and are given extension Mathematics lessons as part of their curriculum. 

As with all departments, two voluntary sessions, open to pupils from all year groups and abilities, are run each week during the 5.10 - 6.00pm slot. This year voluntaries are in Descartes on Tuesday and Thursdays. Teachers are on hand to help students with their work on an individual basis.

Next Steps…

To arrange a visit, or for any other enquiries regarding admissions at the Senior School, please contact our Head of Admissions, Mrs Carole Heritage on 01225 721 133

To arrange a visit, or any other enquiries at the Pre-Prep and Prep please contact our Deputy Heads of Admissions Nicky Davis or Katie Hiscott on 01225 831 238.

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