"The essence of math is not to make simple things complicated, but to make complicated things simple."
- Stan Gudder, American mathematician

Subject Overview

An understanding of mathematics is vital for success in our modern world. The mathematics department at Kent College aims to support all students to reach their mathematical potential and to instil the confidence and skill to use mathematics to solve problems. Our goal is to provide students with a stimulating learning environment which provides challenge, enjoyment and interest.

All students at Kent College study mathematics up to IGCSE in Year 11 (16 years) and a large number of students study mathematics in the 6th form. All IB students studying mathematics, and mathematics or mathematics and further mathematics are very popular choices for A level students. The Kent College maths department has a good reputation of developing students' appreciation of mathematics and supporting them to achieve their potential. Teachers extend the most able and provide support and encouragement for all students to reach their potential in mathematics. The department runs regular weekly clinics, however students are encouraged to drop in for help at any time. We provide additional support in student’s study periods if that is required.

Up to Year 11, students are set according to mathematical ability. This is based on rigorous testing and teacher recommendations. Good systems of monitoring allows a fluid approach to setting, motivating students to achieve their potential.

Students take part in UKMT challenges and team competitions and are given the opportunity to attend masterclasses at the University of Kent. Intermediate and Senior Mathematical Challenges are popular and many students have qualified for the follow-up Olympiads. We identify talented pupils and make sure they have lots of opportunities to develop their mathematical skills and to achieve their goals.

Mathematics is taught in 6 dedicated classrooms, each room is equipped with Promethean ActivPanels. Students usually complete work on paper, nevertheless the use of technology is an integral part of teaching. There is a balance of traditional and modern teaching styles, this wide range of teaching styles are adapted to meet the needs of the students. Students have access to many online resources and subscription services to support learning.

KS3 GCSE iGCSE Pre A level / Pre IB IB A Level Cambridge Technical Pre U

What skills will I learn?

  • Problem solving
  • Logical thinking
  • Numeracy
  • Working with statistics
  • Financial skills

What else will I get to do?

Access to a wide range of online resources. Opportunities to take part in University Masterclasses.


Meet the Head of Maths


Stuart Wiles BSc (Hons) Warwick, PGCE Hertfordshire

My passion for mathematics began in the sixth form where I studied two mathematics A levels and developed when I studied mathematics at university. Although I have always enjoyed mathematics for its own sake, my main mathematical interests are mathematical modelling and how it is used in science, particularly physics. I also have a keen interest in the history of mathematics. I began teaching in the early 1990s and have been a head of mathematics for more than twenty years. Although I have always taught in secondary schools, I have been involved with outreach work in primary schools. I have worked on the team that created a GCSE Programme of Study for Kent Schools. I joined Kent College in 2007.

I enjoy working with young people, seeing them grow in confidence, develop and find enjoyment in a subject that I love and am so passionate about. It is a privilege to work with such dedicated students and a great team of mathematics teachers.

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