All boys in Forms I – V study Mathematics and prepare for the modular WJEC GCSE in the subject. In the last five years over 60% of pupils have achieved an A or an A* in the subject and more than 99% of pupils have achieved A* – C. For boys who are struggling with their Mathematics, there is numeracy support available within the department and we also run Mathematics “surgeries” most lunchtimes and before school every week for any boys who are having difficulty with any aspect of their Mathematics or who have missed work due to absence.
Almost half of the pupils continue their mathematical studies into the Sixth Form where pupils work for the OCR AS and A2 qualifications in Mathematics. The department also offers Further Mathematics as an AS and an A2 subject for mathematically gifted students. During the last five years there has been a 100% pass rate in A2 Mathematics and Further Mathematics and almost 90% of the candidates have gained A* - B grades. Since the introduction of the A* for A2 two years ago, just over one third of the candidates have achieved this top grade for Mathematics and Further Mathematics.
A good proportion of pupils studying Mathematics in the Sixth Form go on to university to read a degree subject with a high mathematical content, including a number of pupils who go on to Oxford or Cambridge to read Mathematics, Physics or Engineering.
The department has itself produced a large part of its teaching materials and believes that this enables us to produce programmes of work using examples and contexts appropriate to Monmouth students.
In the last ESTYN inspection in October 2007, the department’s work with each age group was assessed as being “good with outstanding features”.