- Preparatory school
Boys & Girls 3-11
- The Senior School
- Sixth Form
- Old Girls
Why study Mathematics?
An essential element of mathematical learning is the development of mathematical knowledge in a way which encourages confidence and provides satisfaction and enjoyment. It is expected that students will gain an appreciation of the use of mathematical skills within other subjects as well as an understanding of problem solving in the real world.
Which specification is followed?
Girls in Lower School follow the National Framework for Mathematics as laid down by the National Curriculum and the National Numeracy Strategy. From Lower 4 onwards pupils are taught in sets according to attainment.
In 2009, Bradford Girls' Grammar School embarked on the iGCSE course following the Edexcel specification. Candidates are encouraged to develop a feel for numbers; to recognise patterns and relationships; to generalise results; and to use the language of mathematics to communicate their ideas effectively and efficiently. All candidates will be studying a course leading to the higher tier examinations, but individual students may be entered at Foundation Level if appropriate. The iGCSE does not have a coursework element. Marks are obtained from sitting two examination papers at the end of Upper 5. The iGCSE is an excellent preparation for students intending to study mathematics at A-level.
Mathematics and Further Mathematics are offered at both AS and A level following the Edexcel specifications. In recent years the role of Further Mathematics has changed. It is seen as enriching and deepening the curriculum: truly further maths rather than just harder maths – it provides able students with a course which stimulates them mathematically and prepares them for a wide range of higher education options.
At A level students study three main areas of mathematics:
- Pure (or Core) Mathematics which develops and extends topics already met at GCSE including algebra, trigonometry and graphs, it also introduce new topics such as calculus.
- Statistics which includes the presentation, analysis and interpretation of data and the study of probability.
- Mechanics which involves the study of the motion of objects and how they respond to forces acting on them.
Further Mathematics will cover Decision Mathematics in addition to the three areas mentioned above.
Workshops, conferences and visits
- Mathematics workshops are offered during lunchtimes, providing help and support to students in all years.
- Girls throughout Bradford Girls' Grammar School participate in the Mathematical challenges, including the Junior and Senior Team Challenges, run by the UK Mathematics Trust.
Degree and career choices
There are many opportunities to study Mathematics in the Sixth Form at Bradford Girls’ Grammar and it is an excellent support subject for any combination of ‘A’ levels. It is not an easy subject to study at this level and its academic rigour means that it is highly valued by universities for entry into most degree programme,s particularly the sciences, geography, economics, psychology, medicine and engineering.