The department firmly believes that a strong foundation in Mathematics is crucial for all students regardless of their goals in life. In the words of Roger Bacon, “The things of this world cannot be made known without a knowledge of Mathematics”.

The department’s philosophy is to ensure that, on leaving St Columba’s, each pupil is numerically secure and possesses the critical skills for the career path of their choice. Comprised of six enthusiastic and highly skilled teachers, the Mathematics department works hard to maximise the potential of all of our pupils and ultimately achieve examination results which rank amongst the top in Scotland.

All classes are set according to ability, with each year group following a similar course structure, and allowing for movement between sets when appropriate. The St Columba’s Mathematics department provides a stimulating learning environment where there is a strong emphasis on problem-solving that encourages pupils to develop thinking skills, whilst providing them with the necessary knowledge and understanding required for the future.

All pupils study Mathematics at National 5 level and the majority go on to Higher level. Advanced Higher is also available.

Those with a keen interest in Mathematics are encouraged to participate in a wide variety of activities including a weekly Puzzle Club. A large number of pupils are entered for the national mathematics competitions run by the UK Mathematics Trust at Junior, Intermediate and Senior levels regularly gaining gold, silver and bronze certificates.


Pupils in Senior I gain basic ICT skills through weekly computing lesson and these skills are developed across the curriculum through day-to-day use of the internet and Office applications. Keeping safe online forms an important part of the School’s PSE programme at all stages.