Girls develop their mathematical knowledge and oral, written and practical skills. We build confidence, and develop a feel for numbers. Girls carry out calculations and understand the significance of the results; they apply mathematics in everyday situations and develop an understanding of the part it plays in the world around them. They solve problems, present the solutions clearly, check and interpret results and develop an understanding of mathematical principles.
Mathematics at Mayfield is taught by experienced subject specialists in classrooms equipped with interactive whiteboards. It is a compulsory core subject at GCSE and all girls study the Edexcel (9-1) Higher Level course. The more able mathematicians are also entered for the AQA Level 2 Further Mathematics qualification.
At A Level, Mathematics is one of the most popular choices and girls follow the Edexcel course. For those who excel at this subject there is the opportunity to study for the Further Mathematics qualification as well.
The Department has an excellent track record of examination results and girls go on to study a range of courses at Oxbridge and Russell group universities. In the past few years, girls who have an A Level have opted for courses in Mathematics, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Actuarial Science, Engineering, Biochemistry and Geography. Maths Clinics are run by members of staff over lunchtime on two days every week. Students are encouraged to attend these for additional support should the need arise.
The Year 12 Maths Ambassador runs a popular Puzzle of the Week competition for Lower School Girls. Every year we enter girls for the UKMT Mathematical Challenges at Junior, Intermediate and Senior Level where we always have qualifiers for the follow on rounds. We also enter a Senior and Junior team for the UKMT Team Challenges. In the past few years we have hosted an AMSP Mathematical Enrichment Day for Year 10 girls from local schools. This involved a range of workshops and a key note talk by Ben Sparks. We also host a Primary Team Challenge for Year 5 pupils form local Primary Schools.
Head of Department
Ms Andrianna Demetriou
Andrianna Demetriou BSc (Hons) PGCE is our Head of Maths having joined the School in 2013. With a BSc in Mathematics and Geography from the University of Sussex and a PGCE in Mathematics from the University of Warwick, Andrianna has taught in a broad range of schools. She is passionate about teaching Maths and is always looking for new ways to make lessons interesting by organising Fun Maths Roadshows and other activities.