Mathematics/ Further mathematics
Head of Department: Ms D Todorinovic
Staff Contact Details:
- Mr L Hartnett
- Ms L Smy
- Ms S Powell
- Mr J Shepherd
- Mr P Weightman
- Mr D Booth
- Mr E Tombini
- Mr F Nadew
- Mr M Morris
Within the Mathematics department we aim to challenge every student to reach their full potential in mathematics. The Mathematics department is staffed by ten fully qualified mathematicians.
Please note, in order to study A Level Mathematics, students require Grade 7 or above at GCSE and for Further Mathematics, a minimum of grade 8.
There are three Mathematics groups - two general A-Level Mathematics groups and one Further Maths group. All students sit the A Level exam at the end of Year 13.
A Level homework is set after every lesson as a combination of exercises from the course textbooks and from past examination questions. Students are expected to do 2 hours of independent study work 4-5 times a week.
ENRICHMENT AND EXTRA-CURRICULAR
Maths Inspiration lecture : One day lecture organised by 'Stand up Maths' group aimed at year 12 students. This is another opportunity for students to hear about many applications of Mathematics and careers related to it.
UKMT Senior Maths Challenge - All KS5 students who study Maths are offered the opportunity to compete in this Maths challenge. Students securing gold awards move on to compete in follow-on rounds – Senior Kangaroo and Mathematical Olympiad.
MAT and TMUA university admission test practice - offered to year 12 students.
A level STEM Enrichment Classes organised and delivered in partnership with St. Paul's independent school; aimed at year 12 and year 13 students.
Mentoring opportunities - Year 12/13 students have the opportunity to join the Colet Mentoring online mentoring app; this supports development of students' communication and teaching skills.
Mathematics is a powerful tool with many applications. Advanced mathematical training can lead to many career opportunities, including business, finance, medicine, engineering, and basic sciences.
At the same time, mathematics is a self-contained subject that is worth studying simply for its elegance. While challenging at times, the study of mathematics can bring a tremendous sense of accomplishment. Mathematics is an ideal subject for people who enjoy abstract thinking.
Exam Board: Edexcel A Level Maths
TEXTBOOKS AND REVISION RESOURCES
Edexcel AS and A level Mathematics Pure Mathematics Year 1/AS (year 1)
ISBN: 9781292183398 (Pearson)
Edexcel AS and A level Mathematics Statistics & Mechanics Year 1/AS
ISBN: 9781292183282 (Pearson)
A level Further Maths
Edexcel AS and A level Further Mathematics Core Pure Mathematics Book 1/AS Textbook + e-book
Edexcel AS and A level Further Mathematics Further Mechanics 1 Textbook + e-book
Edexcel AS and A level Further Mathematics Further Mechanics 2 Textbook + e-book
In the second year, you will need to buy only one additional book:
Edexcel A level Further Mathematics Core Pure Mathematics Book 2 Textbook + e-book
Other online resources:
Haberdashers' Adams Maths Department
Worked tutorials and solutions to exam questions https://www.examsolutions.net/a-level-maths/edexcel/
Timing the Infinite: The Story of Mathematics by Ian Stewart
Seventeen Equations that Changed the World by Ian Stewart
How to Solve it: A New Aspect of Mathematical Method by George Polya
The Maths Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained by DK
50 Maths Ideas You Really Need to Know by Tony Crilly
Mathematics Magic and Mystery by Martin Gardner
An Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning: Numbers, Sets and Functions by Peter J Eccles
Fermat's Last Theorem: The Story Of A Riddle That Confounded
The World's Greatest Minds For 358 Years by Simon Singh
Alex's Adventures in Numberland by Alex Bellos