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Mathematics

Mathematics is a fascinating and enjoyable field in its own right which continues to be central to many diverse and important branches of endeavour in the modern world, whether scientific, financial or computational. Our programme of study also equips students with the mathematical skills and understanding required for other subjects, for further study and training and for employment and adult life.

“To build higher, one needs to dig deeper”. We do not accelerate the more able through the course but enrich their experience with topics such as matrices and complex numbers. 

All pupils have access to a variety of resources tailored to their needs which can be found on the VLE along with suggestions for useful online resources. Twice-weekly 'Maths Clinics' ensure that even the most hesitant of mathematicians grows in understanding and confidence. 

The most able girls have the opportunity to study Further Maths GCSE alongside the standard GCSE Mathematics course the foundations of which are started in Year 9. The course enhances understanding of the Higher Level Mathematics GCSE content, introduces extra topics, as well as giving students a more informed background to A level Mathematics.

Challenge & Extension:  

Entry to the National Maths Challenge competitions, where we regularly achieve success, provides added stimulation for pupils and sharpens their problem solving skills. 

Extension sessions are held regularly and introduce higher level concepts than those usually encountered in the course, together with an explanation of historical context and an introduction to mathematical philosophy.

Year 11 students attend 'Maths Inspiration' lectures annually and participate in master classes at local universities.

Visitors to St Gabriel's quickly recognise that this is no ordinary school. Parents are always impressed by the sense of purpose and enthusiasm of the talented, committed staff and the confidence of the extremely happy pupils. We offer girls the opportunity for a seamless journey from Nursery through to Sixth Form, with our boys leaving us at the age of 11 for their senior schools.

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