The North London Collegiate School Maths Department is keen to ensure that all girls leave the School with confidence in their mathematical abilities, an ability to think creatively and flexibly, and an appreciation for the subject.
This is achieved through a wide range of teaching methods and resources, from girls working in groups at whiteboards, to explorations into the history of mathematics, to the use of cutting-edge technology, as well as formal and clear teacher-led learning.
We are also delighted that department was a finalist in the TES Maths Team of the Year Awards, for its progressive teaching ethos, and ability to motivate young women to pursue STEM careers.
Students are taught in their form groups in Year 7, in three bands in Year 8 and in Maths sets from Year 9. All students study the IGCSE syllabus, sitting the examination in Year 11. All sets are given enrichment work to enhance their understanding of the underlying concepts and the top three sets cover the OCR Additional Mathematics Free Standing Qualification, sitting the examination in Year 11 alongside their IGCSE. This provides an excellent preparation for the further study of advanced mathematics in the Sixth Form.
About three quarters of our Sixth Form take Mathematics, whether at A Level or IB. We also offer Further Mathematics groups, and two IB Higher Level group.
All girls take part in the Junior, Intermediate and Senior Mathematical Challenges, and are highly successful. The School is also a strong player in the Hans Woyda Mathematics Quiz. The teams for the Junior and Senior Mathematical Team challenges regularly reach the final, or get very close to winning outright! There are a number of maths clubs catering for all ages, which provide opportunities for students to engage in problem solving, and discover aspects of mathematics beyond the syllabus. These clubs are run by experienced staff, whilst the junior club is run by the Sixth Form students in the Maths Society. The well-established Supermentoring scheme pairs older girls with younger ones, to share expertise in solving challenging problems. The Mathematics Society organises lectures led by girls, and also a termly magazine. Both can be found on the website, www.nlcsmaths.com.
Girls have plentiful opportunities to go on mathematics trips. This year, girls were able to attend lectures in Oxford, a day about women in STEM at the Royal Institution, Mathematics Lectures at the Institute of Education, lectures at Gresham College, and many evening lectures at the Royal Institution. More details of these can be found on the Mathematics Society Blog.
The department also arranges opportunities for students from Year 10 to attend mathematical lectures in London organised by Gresham College, the London Mathematical Society and the royal Institution, amongst others. Special events, lectures and workshops during Maths and Science Week provide further opportunities to experience mathematical concepts and applications beyond the syllabus.
The department also has a website which aims to encourage independent learning (through the provision of revision notes and other materials) and mathematical curiosity, as well as giving girls information about careers in mathematics and other STEM subjects, and opportunities to find work experience.