“It has well been said that the highest aim in education is analogous to the highest aim in mathematics, namely, to obtain not results but powers, not particular solutions, but the means by which endless solutions may be wrought.”

George Eliot

The Peponi School mathematics department seeks to achieve the highest standards in teaching and learning of mathematics, challenging all pupils to realise their full potential irrespective of their level of mathematical ability. We aim to give students the confidence to use the mathematical skills they have acquired in order to:

  • Develop the ability to reason logically, to generalize and to prove.
  • Solve problems, present the solutions clearly, check and interpret results.
  • Recognize when and how a situation may be represented mathematically and, where necessary, select an appropriate mathematical method to solve the problem.
  • Use mathematics as a means of communication with emphasis on clear expression.
  • Understand the numerical skills required for everyday life whilst striving to foster a sense of the beauty and power of the subject.
  • Apply mathematics in other subjects, particularly science and technology.
  • Study further, this and related subjects.



In the IGCSE years, mathematics is taught to four streamed sets. This enables all our pupils to receive differentiated teaching at a level that is appropriate to their abilities, to get all the extra help that they need (whether it is extra coaching for the weak or extended material for the gifted) and hence, for them to achieve their full potential.

It is our goal to ensure that no pupil leaves the school without an IGCSE pass in this essential subject. Few do.


The Accelerated Set starts the Extended IGCSE course in Year 9. They will finish this and sit the examination, a year early, in Year 10. They can then tackle the AS Level mathematics course in Year 11. They sit the examination in that year. Experience shows that this accelerated pace keeps pupils challenged and, ultimately, boosts their enthusiasm for the subject.

If these pupils so choose, they may go on to sit the A Level in Year12 and the Further Mathematics A Level in Year 13. The latter is a very highly regarded qualification and successful candidates are very well placed to study many disciplines, especially in science and engineering, at the university of their choice.


Year 9, Set 1 pupils will complete the Core and Extended IGCSE syllabuses at a more normal pace, sitting for the examination in Year 11. Many now study A Level mathematics in Years 12 and 13.

In Set 2 the Extended syllabus can be taught as necessary but it is recognized that some of these pupils will end up taking the Core IGCSE papers.

Set 3 pupils are taught at a slower, more measured pace. They will complete the Core IGCSE course in three years, sitting the examination in Year 11. Small class sizes provide a quiet and supportive working environment, where pupils receive the individual attention that they need from their teachers.


Throughout these courses, we set investigations that encourage students to explore mathematical concepts for themselves using a wide variety of techniques. In the process, pupils develop skills of a higher order that can then be applied to other problems.



Every year, we enter as many of our pupils, in as many year groups as we can, into the Canadian International Mathematics Contests. Competition is fierce (upwards of 30,000 contestants enter some year-group competitions) and it gives our pupils valuable exposure to standards worldwide. Every year they succeed in showing that they have the talent and ability to stand alongside competitors from any country. Indeed, our Year 10 team has been ranked as highly as 9th internationally.


Head of Department


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