Our Mathematics


Department Overview

At Shebbear College we teach to inspire the pupil, rather than simply to impart information. Whilst still following the syllabus, we deliver our subject as if we were making the discoveries behind each new theorem or formula for ourselves. We look into the stories behind the discoveries and the discoverers. The lives of the discoverers eg Pythagoras and Descartes, are researched by the students and discussed with reference to their era. We consider that all the various mathematical topics that we cover are part of a long and intertwined story.

New techniques, such as using Cartesian axes for graph plotting, are seen as tools required, and therefore invented, in order to be able to use mathematics in real life. For example, when introducing the use of co-ordinates, I shall hide some treasure and then challenge the students to devise a system to locate it. Here they have the need to define a point in space, hence Cartesian axes.

I think we would all agree that teaching should be about waking and inspiring a pupil’s own desire to learn, and then supporting and encouraging them on their own particular journey.


Facilities

The maths department is located in the Beckly Wing, each of the classrooms is equipped with an interactive whiteboard.


GCSE

Our 4th and 5th Form Curriculum Guide gives full details of all GCSE subjects – please download this document from the Senior Curriculum page.

AS and A Level

Full details of AS and A Level subjects can be found on our 6th Form Subjects page.


Beyond the classroom

Every year we enter most pupils into the UK Maths Challenge Junior, Intermediate and Senior individual competitions and we enter three teams of four into the team competitions. Some of our most talented pupils are invited to enter the UKMT Olympiad competitions; recently one of our pupils represented Great Britain at the IMO in Argentina.

Shebbear College is an independent UK school, a co-educational day and boarding school for boys and girls aged 3 to 18, located in rural North Devon.


Shebbear College is an independent UK school, a co-educational day and boarding school for boys and girls aged 3 to 18, located in rural North Devon.