Maths: Lower Sixth Pupils Make Lakeside Rooms A Home
The Maths department at Bede’s has been exceptionally busy so far this year, not least because Maths is presently the School’s most popular subject at A Level.
Between moving into our fancy new Lakeside Maths Building and meeting so many Lower Sixth pupils, we have been simultaneously delighted with the sheer volume of pupils choosing to study maths and deeply impressed by their work-ethic.
There are, of course, many reasons to study Maths at A Level; pupils enjoy it, know that it’s a useful subject and Universities truly respect it, but beyond those ideas we at Bede’s encourage pupils to set themselves challenging targets that stretch far beyond the classroom.
Sixth Form life in the department is very different from that in the First Year or Fifth Form, with personalised assignments set for individuals rather than preps, regular one-to-one tutorial periods and a range of talks and lectures relating to topics far outside the syllabus that introduce the students to extraordinarily challenging ideas.
With high aims, including Oxbridge sessions and our Gifted and Talented scheme, plus Sixth Form Support Sessions on a daily basis for those who are struggling, our objective is to ensure that our Lower Sixth students could not want for more.
Indeed, we now even have our own Maths Kitchen, meaning particularly knotty problems can be addressed with the assistance of a hot chocolate, sandwiches and – from time to time – select items of confectionary.
All in all then, despite having moved only recently, the Lakeside Classrooms already feel like a home for the Maths department at Bede’s.
My hope is that the pupils feel as comfortable within these beautiful classrooms as we do – after all, it’s as much their home as it is ours.