Ethos of the Department

Mathematics is the study of quantity, structure, space, and change and mathematicians seek out patterns and formulate new conjectures. At QEGS, Mathematics is one of the Core Subjects and a vital tool in trying to make sense of the world around us. It is the language of the sciences and plays a fundamental, often unseen, role, in many aspects of modern life – from understanding air and space travel, to modelling the spread of diseases, to ensuring the security of credit card details on the internet.

The teachers in the Mathematics Department foster a spirit of enquiry and we employ a variety of boy-friendly methodologies to elicit the best progress from each individual student, from playing mathematical games, to setting mathematical challenges, to hands-on practical work. Boys know that help is always available to support them in their studies, and older students often work with younger students to help them develop their skills.

Above all, students at QEGS enjoy their study of Mathematics, at the appropriate level, and understand the relevance of the concepts they encounter, whether or not they choose to study the subject beyond GCSE. We aim to help prepare them for life beyond school with a strong basis in mathematical skills and knowledge.

Teaching Staff

Mr A Barraclough
Mr T Becker
(Head of Department)
Mr D Burrows
Mr M Fitzsimons
Mr D Gratrick (Coordinator)
Mr T Lister
Mr P McWilliam
Mrs E Peace

Key Facts

  • Seven dedicated teaching rooms, all with Promethean interactive whiteboards and high quality ICT resources
  • Independent State School Partnership (ISSP) events designed to give pupils a taste of Maths in the real world
  • KS3 Maths Challenge Clubs which Sixth Form students help to run
  • KS4 ‘Tuesday Club’ – looking at Mathematical and Scientific ideas within and beyond the curriculum
  • Students achieve highly in Mathematics, with some outstanding examination results
  • Students are regularly invited to sit papers for Mathematical Olympiads and other national competitions
  • Maths Clinics are available to support students, operating every lunchtime on a drop in basis