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Central Location 

EMS has a broad catchment area covering the 4 counties of the South-West – Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset.  We are located very centrally in Exeter, only a few minutes walk from both Exeter Central Railway Station and the central Bus Station.  EMS students can also use Exeter St David’s Mainline Station. 

Subsidised Travel Pass 

To support students accessing the school, we offer a subsidised travel scheme which is a flat cost to all students from across the region, regardless of where they travel from.  Residential students pay the same amount, as the cost of their longer journey is offset by the less regular travel. The cost of an annual pass for the academic year 23-24 will be £765 or £255 per term.  This is the maximum amount a family will pay but many have this reduced by 50% or 100% through our bursary scheme (see below).  Payments can be paid in full at the beginning of the year or in 3 instalments across the year.   

Support for Low Income Families 

EMS has a bursary fund, known as the 16-19 bursary, which exists to support low-income families with the cost of the travel pass and other general school expenses, including graphical calculators, textbooks, educational visits, printing and stationery.  Students can apply for this fund during the admissions process or later in the year, providing funds remain. 

How does the Travel Pass work? 

The pass generally covers return travel on one particular routeeg Barnstaple to Exeter by train or by bus.  Any secondary means of transport such as travelling by bus to catch the train is not included in the travel pass.  Students can use the passes during the term at weekends and during half-terms.  

Is the EMS Travel Pass the most economical option?

We sometimes find that students can arrange more cost-effective travel independently, e.g. the 16-17 railcard, and we encourage families to explore all options.  For some students, the Exeter College bus routes are a good alternative to the EMS pass. These bus routes are paid direct to Exeter College.  We can help you determine the best option for your situation.  

Replacement Passes 

Exeter St David’s can re-print train passes at the counter for a cost of £10. If photo ID lost as well, a new photo will also be required (jpeg or printed). Bus passes can be replaced online at a cost of £5. 


Dinah Lees, PA to the Headteacher is responsible for the travel pass scheme at EMS. For any queries about travelling to EMS, please feel free to get in contact: or telephone 01392 429020. 


Yes.  Accommodation is available from Monday to Thursday for those who have a daily commute of more than 1 hour each way.  There is a charge for this but we also have means-tested bursaries to ensure that finance is not a barrier to prevent you attending this school.  See for further info.

Nothing! This is a state funded school so there is no charge to attend.  Students who require accommodation will be charged for this, although we will do have a bursary system in place to support those who can’t afford this.

87% of current EMS students came to us from non-selective, state schools across the south-west.

For September 2023 entry, if you want to secure a place in our workshop to prepare for the entrance test, we must receive your application by 11pm on 7th November, this is known as our ‘Early Bird’ deadline. The final deadline is 11pm on 5th December.

All students will take A Levels in Mathematics and Further Mathematics and will also choose at least one of Physics and Computer Science; they will also be able to select from several options for their 4thsubject at Exeter College.

This is a popular combination of subjects and can easily be accommodated.

Possibly.  You won’t find the Mathematics easy at EMS: we will challenge and stretch you.  If you are prepared to get stuck, work hard and persevere, this could be the place for you.  It is just as important to be motivated as it is to be able.

Absolutely!  The combination of subjects you will take are perfect for those wanting to study Physics, Computer Science, Engineering and other Natural Sciences.  The EMS Mathematics curriculum will explore uses of Mathematics and you will gain an understanding of how it is applied to your chosen field.

At EMS you will be working with like-minded students, sparking ideas and benefitting from challenge.  You will have regular contact with Exeter University: academics will deliver bespoke workshops and you will have an undergraduate student as a mentor.  In addition, you will have access to the full range of support services and activities at Exeter College and will work with local employers, applying your studies to the 21stcentury workplace.

EMS teachers are qualified and experienced and will deliver the majority of the curriculum. In addition, University academic staff and employers will provide workshops and masterclasses on areas of expertise.

We admit 60 students each year, so there will be 120 student in total.

No. You will be supported in applying for the universities of your choice through the UCAS system.

This is a school of high prestige, one of only two university-sponsored specialist 6th forms in the country; it will provide an excellent preparation for students intending to study STEM subjects at University.  You will be experienced in working with academic staff; your problem-solving and ability to communicate mathematically will be developed and enhanced through our bespoke programme of study.  The curriculum is designed to prepare you thoroughly for university study as well as the application process.

Based in the heart of Exeter, on the edge of Rougemont Gardens, Exeter Mathematics School is a short walk from Exeter Central railway station and Exeter coach station.

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