If numbers aren't beautiful, I don't know what is.Paul Erdős (1913–1996)
Mathematics is at once the ultimate creative pursuit – mathematicians create and explore abstract worlds, seeking elegance, pattern and beauty within – and the primary tool of modern science and technology. It has been studied for millennia, for reasons both practical and poetic, and fluency with mathematical ideas is central to a diverse range of fields.
At Oakham, we strive to provide a strong foundation of mathematical skills for all our students, and to realise the potential of each individual. We are a large department of 17 teachers who work together, striving to help all students achieve their potential.
In the Lower School, we lay a thorough foundation of algebraic, geometric and numerical skills, with and without calculators, and Form 1 compete on our ‘Mad Maths Day’, a day dedicated to puzzles, mathematical games and challenges.
Our Middle School students follow the Edexcel IGCSE course, the syllabus includes material on calculus, functions and set theory, and is excellent preparation for AS/A2 or the International Baccalaureate Diploma.
Many students choose to study Mathematics at A-level. We follow the Edexcel course: students study a mixture of Pure Mathematics, Mechanics and Statistics. We also offer the full Further Mathematics course, which provides a very thorough grounding for university-level study in Mathematics or related subjects, and leads to two A-levels.
Mathematics is a core component of the International Baccalaureate. There are three available options; Higher Level, Standard Level and Mathematical Studies.
Beyond the curriculum, we regularly enter the UKMT Mathematical Challenges, both individually and in the team competitions, and regularly have competitors reach the Olympiad and European Kangaroo follow-up stages.
I have been Head of Mathematics since January 2015, having taught at Oakham since 2007. Prior to becoming Head of Department, I have been Resident Tutor in Round House, Senior Tutor in Gunthorpe and Second in Maths. I am currently an Upper School tutor and assist with the Duke of Edinburgh's Bronze Award.