The Mathematics department is the largest single subject department at Monmouth School for Boys with eight teachers led by Head of Department, Dr Huw Evans.

All boys in Years 7 – 11 study Mathematics in preparation for the Edexcel IGCSE. In the last five years over 70% of pupils have achieved grades 7-9 in the subject and more than 99% of pupils have achieved grades 4-9.  For boys who are struggling with their Mathematics, there is numeracy support available within the department and we also run Mathematics “surgeries” every lunchtime for any boys who are having difficulty with any aspect of their Mathematics or who have missed work due to absence.

Almost half of the pupils continue their mathematical studies into the Sixth Form where pupils are prepared for the Edexcel qualifications in Mathematics.  The department also offers Further Mathematics, which is very popular for mathematically gifted students, an A level that is highly rated by the top universities. During the last five years there has been a 100% pass rate in Year 13 Mathematics and Further Mathematics and almost 90% of the candidates have gained A* – B grades.

A good proportion of pupils studying Mathematics in the Sixth Form go on to university to read a degree subject with a high mathematical content, including a number of pupils who go on to Oxford or Cambridge to read Mathematics, Physics or Engineering.

The department has itself produced a large part of its teaching materials and believes that this enables us to produce programmes of work using examples and contexts appropriate to Monmouth students.



Curriculum Overview KS3

In Year 7 the boys are taught Mathematics in their Forms and thereafter they are taught in sets.  The setting is decided on the basis of performance during the previous year for existing pupils and the entrance exam for new pupils.  The department feels strongly that the progress of each pupil is maximised by working in a class of pupils of similar ability.  The setting is constantly reviewed and set changes are made at various stages of the year to ensure that each pupil is in a group moving at an appropriate pace for his own ability.

The Curriculum: Year 7

Each week, Year 7 pupils have five periods of Mathematics and two short homework assignments.

The programme of study aims to provide all the boys with a common foundation on which to base their work in subsequent years.

Arithmetic processes first encountered in Primary or Prep schools are reinforced; arithmetic techniques for fractions and decimals are developed; algebra, including the solving of simple equations and the (x,y) co-ordinate system are introduced; statistical charts, simple probabilities, angle properties of polygons and the calculation of areas and volumes of simple shapes are amongst the topics studied.

The Curriculum: Year 8

Each week, Year 8 pupils have five periods of Mathematics and two short homework assignments.

Extending the number system to include negative numbers; the use of ratio and percentages in practical contexts; reviewing and extending the basic concepts of algebra; simple number sequences, transformations of shapes and further geometry are amongst the topics studied.

The Curriculum: Year 9

Each week, Year 9 pupils have four periods of Mathematics and two homework assignments.

The IGCSE syllabus is started with a particular emphasis on algebra and number.  Solving simultaneous equations, quadratic equations and inequalities; the trigonometry of right angled triangles; applying percentages to a widening range of problems such as compound interest and growth problems and an introduction to set theory are amongst the topics studied.


The Curriculum: Years 10 and 11

Year 10 and 11 pupils are taught in sets covering the different ability levels. The setting is decided to ensure that pupils are in a group working at a pace that will both develop confidence and target an appropriate IGCSE grade. Each week pupils have five periods of Mathematics and up to three homeworks.

The boys are prepared for the Edexcel (Higher Tier) IGCSE specification, which has no coursework. From June 2018, grades 9-1 have been awarded.

A level Mathematics
Why study Mathematics?

Successful Sixth Form students of Mathematics will show a genuine interest in mathematical processes.  They will have the ability to cope with abstract ideas and the determination necessary to practise techniques and master concepts.  They will gain a real sense of achievement when worthwhile results to difficult problems are achieved.

Mathematics is studied in the Sixth Form for many different reasons. Some study it because they enjoy the challenge of solving problems of a numerical or logical nature. Others choose Mathematics because it supports their work in other subjects such as science, Psychology or Economics and will continue to do so in a variety of further education courses ranging from Geography to Meteorology, Business to Law or Pharmacy to Medicine. Some students choose Mathematics because the skills it requires and develops are totally different from those in their other A level subjects.

The most important attributes to bring to the course are a previous enjoyment of, and success in, studying Mathematics, an ability to think and communicate logically and the determination to work at a problem until you have solved it.

Head of Department: Dr H Evans

Course content

Board: Edexcel   A level Syllabus Code: 9MA0

  • Pure Maths (Algebra, Trigonometry, Calculus, Exponentials & Logarithms, Sequences & Series, Numerical Methods, Proof)
  • Mechanics (Kinematics, Forces & Newton’s Laws, Moments)
  • Statistics (Sampling Techniques, Data Presentation, Probability, Statistical Distributions & Hypothesis Testing)

The content is split in a 2:1 ratio between Pure and Applied Mathematics

Method of assessment

Papers 1&2 – Pure Mathematics: 2 hours each.
100 marks (33.33% of A level) for each paper.
Paper 1 and Paper 2 may contain questions on any topics from the pure mathematics content.

Paper 3 – Applied Mathematics (Mechanics & Statistics):  2 hours.
100 marks (33.33% of A level)

A level Further Mathematics
Why study Further Mathematics?

This is a course for those who have a passion for the subject combined with a proven ability at GCSE level. Successful candidates usually have a very good grade at GCSE (or equivalent) and have often studied Maths beyond the taught GCSE course e.g. Additional Maths (although this is not necessary).

Further Mathematics is a course that is sometimes a requirement by some of the more prestigious universities for Mathematics, Physical Science or Engineering courses.

Students who opt for Further Mathematics will study Mathematics and Further Mathematics alongside two other A level subjects giving a total of four A levels.

Those opting to study Further Mathematics would complete the whole single Mathematics A level course throughout Year 12 and then move on to the Further Mathematics material in Year 13.

Head of Department: Dr H Evans

Course content

Board: Edexcel   A level Syllabus Code: 9FM0

Compulsory A level topics include:

  • Complex Numbers, Matrices, Polar Coordinates, Hyperbolic Functions, Differential Equations, Further Calculus
  • The Core Pure Mathematics makes up 50% of the course.

Optional A level modules are:

  • Mechanics, Statistics, Decision Maths, Additional Pure Maths

There are two modules for each of these.  We usually follow the Mechanics and Decision courses to give breadth to the topics studied, although the combination can be tailored to suit the aspirations of the group.

Method of assessment

Papers 1&2 – Core Pure Mathematics:
1½ hours each;  75 marks (25% of A level) for each paper

Papers 3&4 – Optional Units:
1½ hours each; 75 marks (25% of A level) for each paper