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Mathematics is essential in all walks of life.

Whatever your final career choice, there is a high probability that there will be a requirement at some stage for an understanding of and the use of mathematics. As well as being an interesting and challenging subject in its own right, there are also strong links to other subjects such as Computer Science, Physics, Engineering and Economics.

At Bury Grammar School, we aim to develop an appreciation for the importance and functionality of mathematics, whilst also equipping pupils with the numerical skills to apply to both examinations and their futures. A successful and solid mathematical education which leaves pupils confident about mathematics is invaluable.

Subject Curriculum

Key Stage 3

 
During the first two years in the Senior Schools students cover basic arithmetic, an introduction to algebra and its applications, summarising and organising data, an introduction to geometry, basic mensuration (areas and volumes) and graphical work including co-ordinates. Students need to develop a clear, confident knowledge of the building blocks of GCSE work and we seek to build their confidence and to remove any notion of maths being something that people either ‘get’ or ‘don’t get’.
 
Head of KS3 - Ms K Hughes
 
Miss Hughes completed her degree in Economics in 2012 before gaining a PGCE in Mathematics. She spent the first 6 years of her teaching career working in Salford as Head of Key Stage 3 and Lead Practitioner, before joining Bury Grammar School in September 2019. Miss Hughes loves the challenge that Mathematics brings and aims to make the subject fun and accessible to all.
 
 

GCSE

 
Pupils in Years 9, 10 and 11 study the International GCSE, offered by the Edexcel Examination Board. Here pupils will be introduced to more challenging trigonometry, set theory, some basic calculus and further development of the topics already studied in their first two years in Bury Grammar. For some, this will be the furthest they take their academic study of mathematics and we pride ourselves on allowing these students to obtain the most impressive grade possible to carry onwards with them. For others, our aim is to provide them with a broad base of mathematical knowledge and superb algebraic fluency that will allow them to both succeed at GCSE level and go forward with confidence to study A Level. There is no coursework with this specification.
 
Head of KS4 - Dr A Austin
 
After graduating from the University of Leeds with an honours degree in Physics and Astrophysics, Dr Austin went on to gain a PhD in Cancer Studies from the University of Manchester. Following a decade running her own business, she retrained as a teacher of mathematics, and soon after began her teaching career at BGS. Dr Austin is passionate about making maths accessible and enjoyable for all students, and is keen to give opportunities to extend mathematics beyond the curriculum through activities such as origami, Blokus and cryptography.
 

A Level

 
At this stage in their education, students will already have had to make many decisions about their future career and for most, their choice of subjects is based upon where you intend to go, and what you intend to do, after leaving school.

However, many people would choose to study maths anyway because they like the clarity, certainty and challenge posed by the subject. Finding the correct solution to a problem and knowing that you are right provides a definite satisfaction for many students.

For those intending to continue on to university, there are very few degree subjects for which a maths A Level would not be useful. Many degree courses do not require specific A level subjects, but, of those that do, maths is one of the most commonly required. In fact, there are very few degree subjects for which an A level in maths would not be useful!

Students taking A Level Mathematics will sit three, two-hour papers at the end of Upper Sixth. Paper 1 and 2 will be pure mathematics papers. Paper 3 will be an applied paper (50% statistics and 50% mechanics).
 
Topics included in Pure Mathematics:
 
  • Proof
  • Algebra and Functions
  • Coordinate Geometry in the (x, y) plane
  • Sequences and Series, Trigonometry
  • Exponentials and Logarithms
  • Differentiation 
  • Integration
  • Vectors
  • Numerical Methods
Topics included in Statistics:
 
  • Statistical Sampling
  • Data presentation and interpretation
  • Probability
  • Statistical Distributions
  • Statistical Hypothesis Testing
Topics included in Mechanics:
 
  • Quantities and Units in Mechanics
  • Kinematics
  • Forces and Newton’s Laws
  • Moments
Deputy Head of Faculty/Head of KS5 - Ms K Newman
 
Miss Newman graduated with a First Class Honours degree, in Mathematics, from the University of Manchester, where she was awarded the Bartlett Award for exceptional performance in Probability and Statistics. She returned to the University to complete her PGCE in 2013. Miss Newman then worked in two high schools across Greater Manchester where she held a variety of roles, including Lead Practitioner for Mathematics, Head of Key Stage 5 Mathematics, and an examiner for Edexcel. She also worked closely with the Department for Education to develop and deliver a TSST course to retrain teachers to teach Mathematics.