At St Julian's the department’s main aim is to encourage students to enjoy mathematics; from this basis they can go on to develop an appreciation of the subject as both intellectually stimulating and useful. We try to create an environment where all students feel successful regardless of their abilities. Students who find the subject more challenging are typically taught in smaller groups.
Students are also encouraged to participate in both the Portuguese maths competitions and UKMT Mathematical Challenges held throughout the year with a few from each year group being invited to participate in the follow-on rounds.
There is an enthusiastic and dedicated staff of seven full time teachers in the department, which occupies five teaching rooms.
Teachers make extensive use of the school’s ICT resources and many courses are supported by resources on the eLearning website. Emphasis is placed on using generic office or free software so that students take skills with them when they leave the school, be it to their university studies or the world of employment.
In Years 7 to 8 students follow a modified National Numeracy Strand of the Key Stage 3 Strategy; this provides continuity for students coming through from Primary School.
In Year 9 all students start the Edexcel IGCSE Mathematics course (4MA1) which offers them a sound basis for the IB mathematics courses to follow.
Key Stage 4
Students continue with the Edexcel IGCSE Mathematics course (4MA1) and sit their final examination in May of Year 11.
All IB Diploma students take Mathematics at some level, and the department offers three Mathematics options as part of the Diploma programme; one at Higher Level and two at Standard Level.
This demanding course is aimed at students with a proven track record of excellence in Mathematics who are looking for an intellectual challenge and intend to go on and study courses such as Mathematics, Economics, Physics or Engineering at university.
This is the more demanding of the two standard Level courses and is suitable for students who are confident in algebra and are looking for a course to give them additional background to support further study in Physics, Chemistry, Economics, Geography, Business or other Higher Education courses with a greater or smaller element of Mathematics.
Mathematical Studies SL:
While probably the easier Mathematics course on offer, Mathematical Studies still presents significant challenges to students as it reflects applications of Mathematics in real life and therefore requires a degree of competency in Mathematics to ensure success. It can offer useful support to other subjects either in the IB or beyond.
We also offer Mechanics modules M1, M2 and M3 classes as an extra-curricular option, to supplement the IB syllabus for students thinking of studying Engineering at University.
Mathematics teaches persistence, logical thinking, discipline, and an ability to analyse difficult problems. For those with a substantial background in mathematics, an unlimited number of career opportunities are available.
Some popular career choices include: engineering, actuarial science, IT and computing, operations research, bio-mathematics, cryptography, finance, education, telecommunications and healthcare.