Mathematics is a core subject in the curriculum and Sedbergh's facilities and teaching team provide an ideal learning environment for all pupils.

The Mathematics Department occupies the upper floor of a purpose-built modern building close to the centre of the School campus. At the core lies a well-stocked library covering most aspects of mathematics. Classrooms are networked to the school's intranet and have multi-media projectors and screens.
The department has strong links with the Mathematics Departments of Lancaster University and St Martin's College from which trainee teachers may come to Sedbergh for a term's teacher training.

Curriculum and Examinations

All pupils study to IGCSE, taking the two examinations in the Summer Term of Year 11. A fast track group from the top set has the opportunity to take the exam early in the Michaelmas Term of Year 11 and this set then goes on to an early introduction to A-level units. This approach particularly suits those who may want to study Further Mathematics at A-Level.


There are on average around 30 pupils in each Year group studying Mathematics at this level. Six unit examinations covering core (pure) mathematics, statistics and mechanics are taken over the two years of sixth form and an additional six are taken for Further Mathematics.

Higher education

At least 30% of Sedbergh's A-level mathematicians go on to study Engineering or Mathematics-related subjects at university including some at Oxford and Cambridge.

Other related activities

At all levels, from Years 9-13, investigational work is encouraged in the learning process. The opportunity exists for the brighter pupils to take the UK Senior and Intermediate Mathematical Challenges and we have had great success in recent years with many pupils achieving Gold awards.