‘’There are things which seem incredible to most men who have not studied Mathematics’’
Aristotle, Greek Philosopher
Mathematics is a subject that opens doors and provides opportunities: doors to employment and further/higher educational courses and opportunities to learn about the relevance of Mathematics to every day life.
Mathematics is all around us. It exists in the proportions of artistic works, in the scores of our favourite songs and in the physical structures we live and work in daily. It is also the bedrock of many other subjects including the Sciences, Economics and Engineering and is extremely relevant to subjects like Psychology and Design.
The study of Mathematics can develop a host of skills that are essential to students continuing in their studies as well as those currently in or entering the workplace. These include problem-solving, logic and reasoning, and attention to detail. Mathematics can also lead to careers in finance, business, IT and teaching, among others.
At Newtownhamilton High School, we have very high expectations for all of our pupils and always aim to create an environment where students can develop their full potential. We encourage and promote problem solving skills and techniques at all levels and across the range of Mathematical topics, as well as encouraging students to recognise Mathematical experiences in other curricular areas. Students are also shown the relevance and importance of Mathematics to the real world and the impact it has.
In Newtownhamilton High School pupils in year 11 and 12 are given the oppertunity to enter the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust Intermediate Maths Challenge. This proves to be a very popular activity with many pupils being awarded a gold, silver or bronze certificate. Pupils have also travelled to Queen's University Belfast for a careers workshop.
Key Stage 3
In Key Stage 3 we follow the Northern Ireland Curriculum and use the Key Stage 3 Mathematics for Northern Ireland text books. We cover Shape & Space, Measures, Number, Algebra, and Data Handling over the three years. Incorporated into the scheme are Financial Capabilities, Mental Maths, Using ICT, Communication, Number Games and tasks in Using Mathematics. At the end of Year 10 pupils are assessed and assigned a level in Using Mathematics.
Key Stage 4
In Years 11 and 12 pupils have the opportunity to study CCEA GCSE Mathematics (foundation or higher) or Essential Skills Application of Number, dependent on their individual abilities and interests. GCSE Further Mathematics is also available as an option at GCSE.
Pupils at Newtownhamilton High School continually produce excellent results in GCSE Mathematics. In June 2015 and 2016, our two most recent exams, at least 88.5% of our pupils passed GCSE Mathematics with grades A* to C, this is a figure well above the corresponding figure for Non Grammar schools in Northern Ireland which is 56.5%.
One pupil achieved full marks in GCSE Mathematics in June 2016, an outstanding performance.