Mathematics

At NHEHS we aim to deliver a mathematics curriculum which will enable students to develop a positive attitude to mathematical experiences and derive pleasure and enjoyment from solving mathematical problems.

In Years 7, 8 and 9 our aim is to build confidence and develop the fundamental skills in order to prepare our girls for a strong future in Mathematics.  We work on problem solving skills encouraging a depth of thinking as well as developing their communication skills so that they can present their ideas and solutions in a logical format.

In Year 10 and 11 we prepare girls for the IGCSE examination but continue to enrich and broaden their mathematics. The top set in Year 11 also study for the FSMQ Additional Maths qualification. This extends beyond IGCSE and helps prepare our budding further mathematicians for the road ahead.

Mathematics is the most popular A Level choice at NHEHS with over half the girls opting for the subject. We study the Edexcel course for Mathematics and Further Mathematics including modules in core, further pure, mechanics, statistics and decision mathematics. This breadth allows girls to use their Mathematics to apply for a broad range of University courses with mathematical content.

We aim to provide each girl with whatever extra support she needs whether its our lunchtime Maths Surgery to assist those girls who need a little extra explanation and time to meet their potential or Maths enrichment sessions and assistance with entrance examinations for Oxbridge applicants.

We run Pi Club for Year 7 and Enigma Club for Year 8 where our pupils investigate various aspects of Mathematics beyond the curriculum.  Pupils in Year 10 and Year 12 attend Mathematics lectures in London, recently hearing about the rise of Bitcoin,  and ‘The Human Herd’ which showed how patterns in behaviour make humans surprisingly predictable.  We enter all age groups in the UKMT Maths Challenges and take teams to both the Junior and Senior Team Maths Challenges. We also take part in the prestigious London-wide Hans Woyda competition which  involves girls from  Years 9, 11, 12 and 13.