Welcome to Mathematics at St. Catherine’s. We want you to enjoy your lessons and achieve highly. We will make sure that you have all the Mathematical skills you will need for your other studies. We hope that you will have fun with all the puzzles and problem-solving that we do and that as you grow up you will begin to share an appreciation of the power and the beauty of the language of Mathematics.
Here are some of our favourite mathematical quotations:
- There are things which seem incredible to most men who have not studied Mathematics. Aristotle
- Go down deep enough into anything and you will find Mathematics. Dean Schlicter
- The laws of nature are but the mathematical thoughts of God. Euclid
- I had a feeling once about Mathematics- that I saw it all. Depth beyond depth was revealed to me – the Byss and Abyss. But it was after dinner and I let it go. Winston Churchill.
Mr Alasdair Wright - Head of Mathematics
Has enjoyed teaching for 20 years in variety of schools and countries. Apart from enjoying Mathematics, he is a keen football fan, and enjoys enlightening his classes with a weekly round-up of the weekend’s action!
Mrs Laura Hill - Second in Department
Joined the Maths department in 2010. She has a particular interest in different learning styles and brain types, and how these affect teaching and learning. Laura enjoys Maths puzzles and often spends evenings doing sudokus, kakuros, futoshikis and other number puzzles as well as playing many a board game.
Ms Pritika Fernandes
Joined St Catherine’s in 2022 after starting her teaching career in India. Enjoys the hunt for ‘Ah-ha!’ moments from students when on a crusade against all fears that studying Maths may sometimes bring with it. Apart from enjoying being a teacher, she loves to spend time wandering in nature, learning about foraging, and befriending animals of all shapes and sizes.
Mrs Andrea Fuller
Spent ten years working as a project manager for a satellite communication company and at Roehampton University. Joined St. Catherine’s in 2009 and was instantly welcomed into the special community of the school. Particularly enjoys seeing the girls' confidence and enjoyment in Mathematics grow.
Mr Philip Friend
Joined St Catherine's in 1998. Enjoys communicating a love of Mathematics when in the classroom, especially making the trickier topics "click" with students; there is no greater buzz than when a student finally cries "I've got it!" and their confidence begins to flourish. Outside school, his main passion is cooking, and he is proud (and surprised!) to have made the final on BBC1's Britain's Best Home Cook (2018), cooking dishes for one of his idols, Mary Berry. Other hobbies include theatre and crime fiction.
Mrs Nabila Gordon
Joined St Catherine's in 2016. Mrs Gordon studied Statistics and Economics at University and has previously worked in both the Aerospace and Financial sectors. She relishes bringing her experience into the classroom when teaching, especially when answering the “when are we ever going to use this?” questions. She loves seeing the girls’ curiosity grow as they begin to see Mathematics as a way of thinking and a tool to problem-solve. Outside school she enjoys visiting art galleries, travelling with her family and playing tennis.
Mrs Sheila Kelsall
Formerly Head of Mathematics and currently the School Administrator. Favourite topic in Mathematics is Fibonacci. Loves to show students how different topics link together, especially with pictures and diagrams. Enjoys going on school trips, particularly Lasham, Somerset and the annual ski trip. Outside school, she is a moderately keen but believes herself to be a spectacularly unaccomplished gardener! Favourite pastimes are long expeditions in the Surrey Hills with the Kelsall pack and long summer camping trips in Europe.
Mr Son Nguyen
Joined St Catherine's in 2017. A formidable mathematician and an enthusiastic chess player, he has made a terrific impact within the department, not least with his contribution to the students' mathematical enrichment.
Dr Jennifer Taylor
Read Maths and Philosophy at Oxford as she has always been fascinated by the connection between the two subjects. She was determined she would never become a teacher as her mother, aunt and grandfather were all teachers, so after graduation she joined Unilever to work in finance. Despite the temptation of free ice cream, Dr Taylor decided she missed the academic life and returned to study for a PhD, also tutoring undergraduates in Philosophical Logic and Metaphysics. Somewhat to her surprise she discovered that she loved the teaching more than the research, so she decided to retrain as a teacher. Dr Taylor joined St. Catherine’s in 2011.
Mrs Caroline Willis
Joined St Catherine’s in 2011 after starting her teaching career in the Midlands. Has a particular passion for all things ‘Statistics’ and thoroughly enjoys a good game of Mathematical Bingo in her classes. Her main aim in the classroom is increase the girls’ confidence in their mathematics and transfer to them her love of the subject. Outside of school, she is a mum to 2 children and enjoys playing netball.
Examination Board: Edexcel
Why study Mathematics?
Studying Mathematics enables you to think logically and reason effectively. You learn the importance of independent thought and what constitutes proof. Everyone now will study both Statistics and Mechanics as part of the course
Mathematics is a much respected academic subject, combining well with both science and arts A levels, and valued by universities and employers alike.
A-Level Course Content
Year 1: The course consist of Pure Mathematics topics and include algebra, co-ordinate geometry, sequences and series, calculus and numerical methods. Alongside this, you will study both Mechanics and Statistics.
Year 2: The balance of the course remains the same, and the topics become more challenging.
- A Level: 3 X 2 hour papers
- Coursework Requirements: None
Further COURSE CONTENT:
Further Pure Modules, Statistics and Mechanics.
- 4 X 1½ hour papers
- Coursework Requirements: None
Area and Volume Scale factors
Volume and area formulae
Review of previous topics
- Harder indices
- Algebraic fractions and proofs
- Further graphs
- Further trigonometry
- Revision of functions & sets
- Extending the number system
- Quadratics – completing the square
- Inequalities (quadratic inequalities only)
- Congruent and Similar Shapes
- Problems in 3D
- Growth and decay
- Revision specific to individual groups as required and past paper practice
- Past paper practice
Textbooks for KS3 (U3-U4) are the KS3 Maths Frameworking Pupil Books 2.1-3.3 online produced by Collins
Below is a list of the topics generally studied over the year, although there may be subtle changes from time-to-time.
- Directed numbers
- Multiplication and Division
- Basic algebra
- Sets and Venn Diagrams
- Indices, Prime Factors, HCF and LCM
- Properties of Triangles and Quadrilaterals
- Working with Fractions
- Percentages and decimals
- Equations and Rearranging Formulae
- Areas and Volumes
- Metric measures
- Calculator Skills
- Coordinates and Straight Lines
- Ratio and Proportion
- Standard Form
- Algebra and Equations
- Measures, Perimeter, Area and Volume
- Cumulative Frequency and Scatter Diagrams
- Percentage change
- Interior and exterior angles
- Straight Lines
- Circles and Sectors
- Approximation and estimation
- Simultaneous equations
- Expanding double brackets
- Indices and surds
- Standard form
- Enlargements, Similar and congruent shapes
- Circle Theorems
- Double brackets and more
- Straight Lines
- Simultaneous Equations
- Cones, Spheres and Cylinders
- Algebra Practice
- Graphs of real life situations
- Area and Volume of Similar Shapes
Great for IGCSE and A Level revision, with lots of videos and sample tests
Loads of useful resources: Allows you to do 5-a-day on different topics, fun conundrums and revision cards.
Useful video lessons to help you with every topic
Nrich have an enormous collection of resources, activities and games that get you to use your mathematical brains
Home of the Junior, Intermediate and Senior Maths challenges which all of our students will sit at some point. You can access past papers and access other mathematical activities.