Mathematics

The KEHS Maths department is dedicated to enrichment, providing our bright girls with every opportunity to explore mathematics well beyond the limits of the examination specifications.

In his 2008 book 'Finding Moonshine', Marcus du Sautoy, Professor of Mathematics at Oxford Univeristy, explains "The arithmetic of the classroom is a bit like scales and arpeggios for a musician. My teacher had played me some of the exciting music that was waiting for me out there if I could master the technical part of the subject. I certainly didn’t understand everything I read, but I did now want to know more." Marcus was 12 at the time.

We encourage every girl to achieve technical fluency and obtain the best possible examination grades. We run a centre of excellence for the most gifted students from KEHS and other Birmingham schools, who extend their knowledge far beyond A level, spurring one another on to develop their problem-solving, creativity and high-level skills. Many of these students go on to excel in Maths Olympiads and international contests.

For all our girls, though, the goal is to see the wider picture, to try things that they don’t understand, or find puzzling, but which give them a window onto the intellectual landscape outside school.