The aim of the Mathematics department is to provide girls with stimulating and interesting teaching so they can develop mathematical knowledge and skills, and to encourage their enjoyment of the subject as an exciting discipline.

In particular, we strive to equip them with a good grounding in the basics, a confidence to explore mathematics no matter what their ability, the necessary skills to achieve academic excellence and an appreciation of the value of Mathematics.

Key Stage 3:

Students are taught in mixed ability classes during Year 7 and then in sets based on ability for years 8 – 11. We cover the content of the National Curriculum as a minimum and there are many opportunities for extension work and enrichment activities.


There are two tiers of entry at IGCSE – Higher and Foundation.  All girls at Putney High School sit the Higher tier which allows them to achieve grades A*, A, B, C or D.  There are two examination papers – each of two hours in length.  Both of the papers allow use of a calculator.

Girls in the top two sets, which works at a faster pace, will have the opportunity to explore more difficult topics beyond IGCSE in Year 11.  These two sets also study for the Freestanding Additional Mathematics Qualification.

A Level:

The course develops understanding of Mathematics and mathematical processes in a way that promotes confidence and fosters enjoyment.  Students enhance their ability to reason logically, generalise and extend their range of skills to be used in more difficult, less structured problems.  The specification is split into modules, in the following categories: Pure Mathematics, Mechanics and Statistics.

Further Mathematics, as an additional A Level, is available for students who wish to take their study of the subject at school to a greater and more rigorous depth.

Extension Activities:

There is a popular Mathematics Club run for girls in years 7 to 9 and a Bridge Club for all pupils, and we enter a team each year for the National Cipher Competition run by the University of Southampton. Girls also have the opportunity to enter the three National Mathematics Challenges with many going on to win gold certificates and progressing to the European Round. Each year it has become traditional to celebrate Pi Day in a variety of ways.

Any girls who are finding their Mathematics studies tough can arrange for an A level Maths student to mentor them as part of our Mathematics Direct Scheme.

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