The study of Mathematics is regarded by most people as being essential in order to cope with the demands of everyday life. Our mathematics department provides an environment where students develop to become excellent users of mathematics and mathematical application. Moreover, our department contributes to the nurturing of students as mathematical thinkers, enabling them to become lifelong learners, to continue to grow in their chosen professions, and to function as productive citizens. Students grow in their learning to: recognise that mathematics permeates the world around us; appreciate the usefulness, power, and beauty of mathematics; enjoy mathematics and develop patience and persistence when solving problems. All pupils are encouraged to reach their potential through a variety of teaching and learning approaches ranging from mental strategies, investigation and practical work to computer and calculator methods as well as the more traditional classroom methods. We aim to help our pupils to develop their confidence in a range of mathematical skills and to use logic at all times in how they solve mathematical problems. Gunnersbury mathematicians enjoy the subject’s challenge and appreciate its fundamental importance and beauty.
In Years 7, 8 and 9 pupils follow the Key Stage 3 National Curriculum with a particular focus on real-life problem solving. The department encourages and makes provision for higher level problem solving skills through involving pupils in a range of events and activities, such as the Intermediate and Junior UK Mathematics Trust Challenges. A thriving Mathematics Club runs every week for Year 7.