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Head of Mathematics (Years 7-11)

d'Overbroeck'sOxfordshire

The post and the department

This is an opportunity to join and lead a large and exceptionally successful department. The Mathematics department at d’Overbroeck’s is led jointly by Nick Haines (Sixth Form), Sarah Shekleton (Years 7-11) and Graham Hope (International School), who lead a team of thirteen other teachers. The Head of Maths post at Y7-11 is becoming available due to the retirement of Sarah at the end of this year.

The Edexcel specification is used throughout; i.e. GCSE at key stage 4; both Mathematics and Further Mathematics IGCSE at our International School; and Mathematics and Further Mathematics at A Level and STEP. 

Maths is part of the core curriculum up to year 11, both in our 7-11 day-school and International School. There is also significant uptake of Mathematics in the Sixth Form; with around 70-80 Mathematics and 30 Further Mathematics students in the Lower Sixth it is the most popular subject offered at A level. 

Results are consistently strong at both GCSE and A level – in 2019 (the most recent ‘pre-Covid’ set of results) well over a half of students gained grades 9-7 at GCSE in Y11; 66% gained A*-A at A Level Maths and 93% gained A*-A in Further Maths. At the International School, 48% of students achieved Level 9 for IGCSE Maths and 76% achieved Levels 7-9. Every year several students go on to study mathematics related courses at top universities.

Throughout the school there is a strong tradition of extra-curricular mathematics and the successful applicant will have opportunities to contribute to this at all levels. Students participate in individual and team competitions organised by external agencies and consistently perform at a high level. The department enjoys a close relationship with the Oxford University Mathematical Institute which has enabled us to attend, as well as host, a range of workshops and lectures on areas of Mathematics beyond the syllabus.



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