Our aim is to ensure that every pupil leaves Ditcham Park School as a confident and capable mathematician, developing skills and knowledge in an inspiring and motivating learning environment.
Mathematics is a core subject at Ditcham Park School. The basic skills of numeracy are essential to every member of society, and together with basic literacy should be the cornerstone of any formal education.
It is our aim to provide the best mathematical education possible for each pupil, tailored to their individual needs and ability. To this end, students in the Senior School are taught in classes set on ability, all of which are taught by well qualified and enthusiastic teachers.
Computer programs such as MyMaths and MathsWatch have been purchased by the department which enable students to revisit work and extend themselves independently. The department is well stocked with up to date text books and resources.
All Form 4 and 5 pupils, in line with national changes, are studying the new 9-1 GCSE following the OCR J560 specification. As well as studying towards their GCSE, top set students will also complete the requirements of the FSMQ additional mathematics programme and will be given the opportunity to enter for certification in this qualification as well.
In preparation for GCSE, problem solving and mathematical rigour are embedded in the work carried out in Forms 1-3.
We enter all our top set mathematics students into the UKMT (UK Mathematics Trust) individual challenges. In 2016 Ditcham Park School pupils achieved 9 Gold awards, 5 Silver and 19 Bronze across the Junior and Intermediate Challenges. Further to these successes, 5 students qualified for the follow on competitions which are reserved for the most able Mathematicians in the country.