Within the maths department, our aim is to provide the students with the necessary mathematical skills which will help them meet the challenges and problems of the real world. This means we attempt to use maths as a tool for solving problems which they will meet as adults when they enter the world of work. The emphasis within the department is on both knowledge skills and on deductive reasoning; which is developed both by discovery and by the use of didactic teaching.
To achieve success in life, our students are going to have to be able to demonstrate what they have learned, discovered or simply been told in the context of sitting recognised externally assessed examinations. The recently installed smartboards are used extensively by teachers to provide high quality, stimulating lessons which will continue the departments' drive for academic excellence at all levels of study.
Mathematics differs from nearly every other subject in that, as well as the obvious need to memorise a recognised set of basic facts, it is a logical science and hence, though much of the actual content will never be consciously used by the students in later life, it will train them to tackle and reason a problem using a logical argument. It is also obviously a generic tool utilised by many other departments.
We trust you will feel most welcome within our department!
S1 & S2 pupils build on knowledge gained from Junior School. Pupils then move on to National 4 or National 5. Gaining a pass National 4 moves pupils on to National 5. Higher is available to pupils gaining a Grade A at National 5. Advanced Higher is also available.