GCSE Mathematics

Ashbourne’s Maths Faculty is home to a fantastic team of specialist Maths teachers who have helped our students achieve consistently outstanding results. At Ashbourne, Maths is viewed as a key subject equipping students with vital skills they will be able to carry with them throughout their lives.

Why study Maths?

From seemingly basic activities like measuring ingredients to bake a cake or working out how much it will cost for an extra 500mb of data on your phone to detailed calculations for building a house or developing a network that links up millions of people, Maths is an integral part of our lives.

Maths provides us with a language of numbers, symbols and formulae to describe, understand and create the world around us and to predict how things might change over time and circumstance. It is an excellent subject to help develop your problem-solving, analytical and research skills.

Which syllabus do we follow?

Ashbourne follows the Edexcel specification for GCSE Maths.

What is covered in this course?

Students explore the key elements and principles relating to six topics: number (structure and calculation; fractions, decimals and percentage; and measures and accuracy); algebra (notation, vocabulary and manipulation; graphs; solving equations and inequalities; and sequences); ratio, proportional and rates of change; geometry and measures (properties and constructions; mensurations and calculation; and vectors), probability; and statistics.

They will learn how to answer all types of exam questions and get plenty of past paper practice. Students sit three final exams (1 hour 30 each) covering all topics.

Who teaches this course?

Richard Clark

MMaths integrated masters (Bath University); PGCE Secondary Maths (Oxford University)

Richard has experience teaching Maths from pre-GCSE level all the way up to first year undergraduate. He has taught in both state and private sector schools in the UK and Australia. Richard also worked as a software developer for a company providing services for major UK retailers. He currently teaches GCSE and A level Maths at Ashbourne.

Rupinder Dhillon

BSC Industrial and Natural Resource Chemistry (Brunel); PGCE (Brunel)

Rupinder is a dynamic and passionate Maths teacher who has been working at Ashbourne for many years. Combined with her love for teaching, her positive personality and sense of humour she is committed to encouraging an uncompromising work ethic amongst her students.

Madeeha Saad

MSc Medical Statistics (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London); BSc (Hons) Mathematical Sciences (Open Univeristy); BSc Mathematics (Government Kinnaird College Women, Pakistan)

Madeeha is an experienced Maths teachers of all levels including Further Maths. She has been teaching for more than 17 years and has also been an assistant examiner for the Edexcel board.

 

Why Choose Ashbourne College?
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My time at Ashbourne was incredible! I made lifelong friendships and learnt how to be independent and manage my time well. For me, Ashbourne was a stepping stone between school and university where I was treated as an adult but was still given the guidance I needed to achieve the results that I wanted to get. During my time there I learnt so much, not just about my subjects, but about myself. I came to Ashbourne with a dream to study Music at university and, I am unbelievably grateful that, with the help of the teachers at Ashbourne, I am now a second year Music student at Royal Holloway University of London, my first choice. I have genuinely never been happier.
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Ashbourne is a wonderful place to teach and an even better place to study. The staff treat the students as adults and the mutual respect results in a relaxed university approach to study. Teaching classes that only have a max of 10 allows for individual tuition and greater differentiation within the groups helping the students grow in confidence and develop a love for their subjects. I really like the fact that students are encouraged to refer to their tutors by their first name and feel that this breaks down tutor/student boundaries and means that the students are confident in asking for help. Brilliant students, brilliant tutors, great place to work
Rachel TeasdaleFormer Head of GCSE and Biology Teacher
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