The Mathematics Department at Caistor Grammar School seeks to give students the mathematical skills and confidence they will need for work, university and real life. We also strive to inspire the students to learn more about mathematics and its applications, and to remove any fears they may have about the subject.
In year seven, students will consolidate the maths skills they developed at primary school, whilst also taking part in interesting investigations and project work. In year 8 amongst other things they begin to develop their algebra further,discover Pythagoras’ theorem, and dissect cubes. All year 8 students take part in a maths/orienteering trip to Willingham Woods, where they apply mathematics to real life situations. A favourite topic in year 9 is trigonometry, and in most years students in year 9 get to see a real, working Enigma machine, and get the chance to crack codes. In years 10 and 11 students take GCSE maths, and over half the students take an extra GCSE in Statistics. 100% of our students have obtained a grade C or better in each of the last 3 years. A levels are offered in Mathematics and Further Mathematics, both of which are very popular, and several students go on to study mathematics or related subjects at University.
The department offers numerous enrichment activities, with around 350 students every year taking part in UKMT maths challenges. We enter teams for national mathematics challenges, with our Senior team coming 14th in the country in 2011 at the National final. In 2012 two members of the department and 15 students visited a school in China as part of a mathematics-themed Chinese Exchange.