What is Mathematics and why is it important? The answer is simple as laws of Mathematics govern the way the universe works. From patterns in growth of plants to the orbit of planets around the Sun, mathematics allows us to model and predict behavior. The study of mathematics widens career opportunities for students in sectors you may never have even considered, including specialised fields such as law or medicine. That said, a large number of Maths careers are based within business, science or technology related sectors, with math graduates occupying roles such as engineer, accountant, actuary, statistician, technician, economist or market researcher.

Mathematics is taught as a core subject to all pupils from Year 7 to Year 11, then as a popular optional subject at A level. Pupils learn in a supportive environment, and technology is used throughout the department to enhance the learning experience. Individual programmes are implemented where necessary to help every pupil thrive, while the more able are stretched with a challenging curriculum. A variety of teaching styles are used, and all pupils are encouraged to develop good problem-solving and critical thinking skills. Extensive resources are available to support learning on the school Virtual Learning Environment, however this is not considered to be a replacement for individual help.

Key Stages 3 and 4 (IGCSE)

Pupils are taught Mathematics in ability sets from Year 7 to Year 11. The Year 7 sets are based on pupils’ entrance tests and any results from the Junior school. The department continuously reviews individual progress and, where appropriate, movement between sets takes place. The syllabus for Years 7-9 is based on the National Curriculum, and uses the Collins New Maths Frameworking textbooks. In Years 10 and 11 all pupils follow the Pearson Edexcel IGCSE Mathematics Specification A course.

Key Stage 5 (A level)

Mathematics is a very popular A-level subject. The course followed is the modular Edexcel. A variety of modules are offered including pure mathematics, mechanics, statistics, and decision mathematics.

Head of Department: Gary Pemberton
A relative latecomer to teaching I achieved a First Class Honours Degree in Mathematics Education from Sheffield Hallam University in the United Kingdom. I taught in two schools in South Yorkshire, holding posts such as Assistant Head of Year, Second in Mathematics and Pastoral Support Manager before making the decision to move abroad to continue my teaching career and indulge my passion for travel. After 6 years as Head of Mathematics and subsequently Deputy Headteacher at an international school in Qatar, I moved to Oman to gain knowledge and experience in working with different Mathematics curricula. Prior to my appointment at Kent College I have been Head of Mathematics at the longest established International Baccalaureate School in Dubai. I look forward to the exciting opportunities ahead to establish a Mathematics team that is recognized as a beacon of excellence within the region.


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