Department of Mathematics

In the Mathematics department we aim to give the girls a broad education in Mathematics, considering some areas of the subject in greater depth. Our main priorities include providing an enjoyable and supportive environment that allows the girls to flourish in the subject and develop skills that will enhance their mathematical ability and support other subjects. The department runs several clubs to support the progress of all the girls. The girls are also given the opportunity to enter mathematical competitions including the UK Mathematical Challenges.

Lower School Mathematics

Building on their experience from their Primary years, students focus on developing a broad range of knowledge and skills. Students will be provided with a variety of challenges that stimulate and promote the enjoyment of mathematics. Algebra, statistics, ratio and probability are just some of the topics students will build on as part of their journey to Upper School.

Upper School Mathematics

In Upper 4 (S2) students continue to follow a broad curriculum, extending their knowledge of the core mathematical skills developed in Lower School and developing more complex skills that will enhance their ability to solve mathematical problems. In Lower 5 (S3) students embark on the GCSE course. This course offers an excellent balance of depth and breadth in all areas of Mathematics giving students a valuable qualification at the end of Upper 5 as well as being good preparation for Sixth Form.

Sixth Form Mathematics

In Sixth form students embark on the SQA Higher Mathematics qualification, which leads to SQA Advanced Higher qualifications in Mathematics, Statistics and Mechanics. These qualifications provide an excellent preparation for higher education. Our numbers in sixth form are healthy and we regularly have over twenty girls studying Advanced Higher Mathematics.

Teaching Staff

Deirdre Latimer

BSc (Hons) Mathematics

Elspeth Bleakley

BSc (Hons) Mathematical Physics

Jill Bryce

MA (Hons) Mathematics and Statistics

Andrew De Ville

PhD, BSc (Hons) Mathematics and Theoretical Physics

Lesley Gilmour

BSc Mathematics 

Catherine McInally

MA (Hons) Mathematics

Jennifer Dickson

BSc (Hons) Mathematics

Alison Strathdee

BSc (Hons) Mathematics with German 

Dr Elizabeth Bull

PhD. BSc. (Hons) Geology

Kyle Campbell

BSc (Hons) Mathematics

All our teachers are registered with the GTCS (General Teaching Council for Scotland) and they all hold a post graduate teaching qualification (usually PGCE or PGDE) if their degree is not in education.