The Roedean School vision around Mathematics is for every pupil to feel empowered to tackle the historically male-dominated field of Mathematics with confidence and for every one of them to enjoy the subject, approaching it with wonderment and awe.
Advanced Programme Mathematics is an essential bridge between school mathematics and university mathematics. The evidence is overwhelming that girls who complete Advanced Programme Mathematics at school have a far higher chance of passing any university mathematics course.
In the Roedean 2014 Matriculation group about 6% of the group took Advanced Programme Mathematics. By 2019 the percentage of the Matriculants doing Advanced Programme Mathematics had risen to 30%. This compares to a National average of Matriculants doing AP Maths of 0,7% (Government school Matriculants and IEB Matriculants all register for the IEB Advanced Programme Mathematics Examination). This high level of enrolment for Advanced Programme Mathematics indicates that Roedean girls are feeling positive and confident about their ability to do, and enjoy, Mathematics. Girls are not in any way coerced into doing Advanced Programme Mathematics; their decision to do this subject is entirely optional.
The Matriculants doing Advanced Programme Mathematics in 2019 were the first group in the school’s history to be taught both the Statistics and Probability Optional Module, as well as the Financial Mathematics and Modelling Optional Module. Only a handful of schools in the country teach two of the optional modules for Advanced Programme Mathematics. All girls were assessed on both options, except for in their Preliminary and Final Matric Examination, where they were allowed to write only one of the optional topics. Each girl chose which topic they would prefer to write for these examinations. Teaching two optional modules, when only one is required, is not done to increase our number of matric distinctions, but is done because at Roedean we hope to expose our girls to a wide variety of Mathematical topics, thus equipping them with the necessary skills to cope with any first-year mathematical course at any university in the world.
Our proportion of girls doing Mathematical Literacy is very low: The Matric 2019 class had 14% of the grade doing Mathematical Literacy. This compares to a National average of around 58% of Matriculants doing Mathematical Literacy. The IEB Matriculation enrolment for Mathematical Literacy was 34% of total registered candidates.
We, as a department, will continue to try and maximise the mathematical potential of every girl at this school, and will endeavour to make their Mathematical experience a positive one.