The Mathematics Department aims to encourage enjoyment of and enthusiasm for mathematics.
Our aim is that all students will develop their mathematical potential, that they will be stretched and challenged by their mathematical activities, but also maintain confidence in their ability to deal with these challenges.
Most Mathematics lessons take place in a suite of 4 classrooms. Mathematics lessons are lively and varied, including group work, discussion, practical activities, use of interactive whiteboards, individual whiteboards, and plenty of time for individual work.
A large majority of the students achieve level 8 by the end of Year 9. For GCSE we currently follow the Edexcel Linear course with all students being entered for Higher Tier GCSE Maths at the end of Year 11. We are also participating in the Edexcel pilot for the Twinned Pair of Mathematics GCSEs. This means that from the summer of 2012 all of Year 11 will sit two Maths GCSEs - Methods in Mathematics and Applications of Mathematics. We fully expect the students to thrive on the greater depth and slightly broader content involved in this course.
Mathematics is a very popular subject for AS and full A-level, with a very high proportion of each year group opting to study Mathematics. An increasing number choose to study A-level Further Mathematics also. We follow the Edexcel courses. Within the Mathematics course as well as the compulsory Core Maths units, students are able to choose either Statistics or Mechanics units. Currently Statistics is more popular for A-level, although the Further Maths group have a greater emphasis on Mechanics, and also study one Decision Maths unit.
Students participate in the National Mathematics Challenges and enjoy considerable success, with several students qulifying for the next round of competitions each time. Our Teams have also done well in the national Team Challenges. Kendrick also runs its own fortnightly Maths Puzzle competition.
Students have the opportunity to attend a Maths club in Year 7. Some students are able to attend Mathematics Masterclasses in Year 9. In both Year 10 and Year 12 the students attend a series of lectures aimed at inspiring and intriguing them with interesting and stimulating mathematical topics.