We want to give everyone the confidence to succeed with Maths by developing resilience and problem-solving skills alongside the necessary core techniques.

At St Edward’s, we place a strong emphasis on pupils analysing their own mistakes and identifying the areas on which they need further work.  For those who find Maths difficult, we have a strong support programme, with a mixture of teaching in small sets, one-to-one tutorials with our dedicated Learning Support specialist, and drop-in clinics.  We teach the Edexcel IGCSE (syllabus A) course, starting straight away in the Shell year.  The top set take their IGCSE exam early and go on to take the OCR Additional Mathematics qualification at the end of the Fifth Form.

Maths is one of the most popular subjects in the Sixth Form and we offer a wide range of courses, from Further Maths at IB or A level for the most able to AS Maths or IB Maths Studies for those who are specializing in other areas but want to develop their mathematical skills beyond IGCSE. Oxbridge entrance exam coaching is also available within the Department.  We follow the Edexcel modular A-level course, offering a flexible programme of applied modules to suit different interests and aptitudes. We offer all levels of IB Maths, including Further Maths.  In the IB course, we use the TI nSpire CX graphical calculator, and have now introduced this lower down the School to develop proficiency before pupils embark on the Diploma course.

Making good use of our proximity to Oxford, pupils attend various lectures and master classes organised by the University or by the Further Maths Support Programme.

In the Lower School, some Shell pupils visit Bletchley Park to provide background and historical context for work on code breaking.  Regular business games and share-trading games are always popular. In the Summer term, our Lower Sixth pupils studying Mechanics visit Thorpe Park — there is a great deal of maths involved in the rides as well as great fun.

We help to strengthen links with prep schools and primary schools by hosting the Junior Maths Team Challenge every year, which attracts up to 160 young mathematicians.  We also host the Oxford round of the Senior Maths Team Challenge, and all pupils in top sets are entered for the Intermediate or Senior individual Maths Challenge competitions, run by the UK Mathematics Trust.

Head of Department: Ashley Currie


Ashley Currie MPhys, Master of Theoretical Physics, Durham
Annie Blair MEng, Queen’s University, Belfast
Henry Chitsenga BSc, Instituto Superior Pedagogico Enrique Jose Varona, Cuba
David del Strother MSc Maths and Physics, Durham
Andrew Grounds BA, Brunel University; M.Sc., Kellogg College, Oxford
Jonathan Ingram MMath Mathematics, Warwick University 
Catherine James BSc, University of Kent
Stephen Jones BA, MLitt, Grey College, Durham; BA, MSc, Open University, FRSA
Margaret Lloyd BSc, Imperial College, London.
Tom Phillips BSc, University of Nottingham
Anneli Rühle BA, Ruprecht-Karls-Universitat Heidelburg
John Simpson BEng, Bristol University
John Wiggins MA, Keble College, Oxford

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