Secondary Maths

Maths Student Community – sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Actuaries

Target Audience: students from Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset who stand out for their achievement in and/or enthusiasm for maths.

Format: three face-to-face and two online enrichment sessions led by EMS spread throughout the year.

Aim: to provide students, who might otherwise be isolated, with a community of like-minded peers to explore challenging and interesting mathematics.

How to get involved: Email  Students remain on the MSC programme until Year 11 and so we can accept nominations for any year group and can make offers of places at any time, should capacity permit.


The MSC is a rolling programme for students in Years 9-11.

Our aim is to bring together and inspire able mathematics students from across Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset, forming a community of learners who will work together, share ideas, attend master-classes and receive mentoring.

Teachers frequently identify students within their settings who stand out from the crowd and who can find themselves working in isolation on mathematics that is beyond that of their peers.  Our aim is to bring these students together, to enable them to work with others who are similarly able, to provide stimuli which will deepen and broaden their appreciation of mathematics and its related fields, and to support and encourage their development as problem-solving mathematicians.

It is our intention to support students throughout their secondary school career, regardless of whether or not they decide to apply for a place in our sixth form.

How it works

Students joining the MSC-SW participate in a series of enrichment days at either Exeter Maths School or at Plymouth University, depending on their home location, supplemented by a couple of online sessions!

During the enrichment days students will take part in masterclasses and workshops.  They will be introduced to mathematics beyond the normal curriculum and will have the opportunity to develop their problem solving.

How to join

This programme is teacher nominated only; we cannot accept applications from students directly. Please email to make an enquiry about a late nomination.

If you are already part of the MSC, you will automatically be moved up into the next year group, year on year.


Date Time Venue
Tuesday 19 October 1000-1400 Exeter Maths School
Wednesday 17 November 1730-1830 Online
Tuesday 8 February 1000-1400 Exeter Maths School
Tuesday 22 March 1000-1400 Exeter Maths School
Wednesday 15 June 1730-1830 Online


Date Time Venue
Friday 8 October 1000-1400 tbc
Wednesday 17 November 1730-1830 Online
Friday 14 January 1000-1400 tbc
Friday 11 March 1000-1400 tbc
Wednesday 15 June 1730-1830 Online
Date Time Venue
Saturday 25 September 1000-1400 Exeter Maths School
Wednesday 24 November 1730-1830 Online
Saturday 22 January 1000-1400 Exeter Maths School
Saturday 14 May 1000-1400 Exeter Maths School
Wednesday 15 June 1730-1830 Online

Maths GCSE Enhancement Course

Target Audience: Year 10 and 11 students who are not yet working at their highest level (i.e. working at a 6/7, but capable of achieving an 8/9).

Format: online after-school lessons per led by EMS teachers, starting in the autumn term for Year 11 and the spring term for Year 10.  The Year 11 programme concludes at February half-term, when the Year 10 programme commences. Year 10 students remain on the programme into Year 11.  Recruitment for Year 10 takes place annually in the first half of the Spring term.

Aim: to enable students to achieve better GCSE grades than initially predicted and to therefore have greater opportunities in Further and Higher education.

How to get involved: Details of how to apply for Year 10 Students in the 2021-22 academic year will be posted here soon.

Capacity: per year group – 40 students in the teacher-nominated series and a further 140 students in the student-direct-application series


During a series of on-line workshops and group sessions, students will have the opportunity to develop a deeper and more connected understanding of GCSE content. Supported by EMS staff, students will be provided with the stimuli to broaden their application of Maths and its related fields.

Our intention is to support their development as problem-solving mathematicians in order to increase their proficiency at tackling new style GCSE assessments, whilst encouraging the progression of further study of Maths beyond GCSE.

How it works

Students will participate in on-line sessions during the autumn-spring (Year 11 cohort) and spring-summer (Year 10 cohort) terms.

How to join

Details of how to apply for Year 10 Students in the 2021-22 academic year will be posted here soon.

Date Time Venue
Wednesday 22 September 1645-1745 Online
Wednesday 29 September 1645-1745 Online
Wednesday 6 October 1645-1745 Online
Wednesday 13 October 1645-1745 Online
Wednesday 20 October 1645-1745 Online
Wednesday 3 November 1645-1745 Online
Wednesday 10 November 1645-1745 Online
Wednesday 17 November 1645-1745 Online
Wednesday 24 November 1645-1745 Online
Wednesday 1 December 1645-1745 Online
Wednesday 8 December 1645-1745 Online
Wednesday 12 January 1645-1745 Online
Wednesday 19 January 1645-1745 Online
Wednesday 26 January 1645-1745 Online
Wednesday 2 February 1645-1745 Online
Wednesday 9 February 1645-1745 Online
Wednesday 16 February 1645-1745 Online
Date Time Venue
Wednesday 2 March 1645-1745 Online
Wednesday 9 March 1645-1745 Online
Wednesday 16 March 1645-1745 Online
Wednesday 23 March 1645-1745 Online
Wednesday 30 March 1645-1745 Online
Wednesday 6 April 1645-1745 Online
Wednesday 27 April 1645-1745 Online
Wednesday 4 May 1645-1745 Online
Wednesday 11 May 1645-1745 Online
Wednesday 18 May 1645-1745 Online
Wednesday 25 May 1645-1745 Online

Maths Circles with MESME (Maths Education for Social Mobility and Excellence)

Target Audience: students from Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset who love Maths and have the potential to study the subject at postgraduate level. The programme has a particular focus on ensuring that students from all backgrounds can participate

Format: weekly online sessions in which groups of no more than 6 students collaborate with a mentor

Aim: to support able Maths students to develop their mathematical thinking and reasoning skills as well as problem-solving. The objective of the programme is to encourage more students into Maths at university and beyond

How to get involved: Nominate your Y7 Students to attend from January.  Here’s an online overview to share with the students you are nominating: 

What is MESME?

MESME stands for: Mathematics Education for Social Mobility and Excellence. MESME exists to support students from all backgrounds to achieve mathematical excellence, so that they can go on to have a greater and richer range of future personal, employment and economic choice.

MESME is launching Maths Circles across the country for students aged 11-16 and is working in partnership with Exeter Maths School to support the South West region.

What are MESME trying to achieve?

MESME’s target is that by 2035 there will be double the number of PhD students in the mathematical sciences at a UK University. They intend for this to increase to include a representative proportion, at the minimum, of students from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds who went to school in the UK.

Along the way MESME intends to enrich the mathematical experiences of everyone who participates in the programme, enabling them to enjoy mathematics and identify as a mathematician.

What is a Maths Circle?

Maths Circles are designed to support able Maths students to develop their mathematical thinking, reasoning skills and problem-solving. Expect a selection of problems/tasks and co-operative activities from across the KS3 curriculum and beyond!

What are the intended outcomes?

That students can:

  • See beyond a ‘process-focused’ interpretation of and response to mathematical questions
  • Explain their choice of method
  • Understand, generate and justify mathematical claims
  • Co-operate and exchange ideas with each other in a constructive way


Working in a group of 6, students will be assigned a mentor who will work with the group online for an hour a week, over 20 weeks (dates can be found in the attached document or online overview below).

Within this 20 week period, we are aiming to host 3 face-to-face days (also noted). On these days students will meet and get to know others who are taking part, along with some of the mentors. They’ll be helped to get setup on Microsoft Teams, ready for the online sessions. Most importantly, they’ll work on some exciting maths together!

Who to nominate?

We would like to invite you to nominate up to four Year 7 students to attend this programme, with a particular emphasis on students who are eligible for FSM or Pupil Premium. The funding for this programme is dependant upon at least one third of participants coming from disadvantaged backgrounds and we are seeking your support in meeting this quota with your teacher nominations

 Though every effort is made to accommodate all student nominations, the programme is likely to be over-subscribed and so not all nominated students will gain a place.

Our current oversubscription criteria is (in priority order):

  • A place for all students in care and those eligible for Free School Meals
  • A place for students eligible for Pupil Premium funding
  • A place for students who live in a deprived area according to the Index of Multiple Deprivation (based on the 4th and 5th quintiles)
  • Gender balance
  • A place for students from schools with low progress scores
  • Parity between Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset
  • Engagement with schools that have not previously nominated students for events
  • Parity between all other schools

Please note that it is our intention that students join us in Year 7 and remain on the programme until Year 11.

This programme is teacher nominated only; we cannot accept applications from students directly.  Please email to make an enquiry about a late nomination.

Date Time Venue
Tuesday 14 September 1030-1430 Exeter Maths School
Tuesday 21 September 1600-1700 Online
Tuesday 28 September 1600-1700 Online
Tuesday 5 October 1600-1700 Online
Tuesday 12 October 1600-1700 Online
Tuesday 19 October 1600-1700 Online
Tuesday 2 November 1600-1700 Online
Tuesday 9 November 1600-1700 Online
Tuesday 16 November 1600-1700 Online
Tuesday 23 November 1600-1700 Online
Tuesday 30 November 1600-1700 Online
Tuesday 7 December 1600-1700 Online
Tuesday 11 January 1600-1700 Online
Tuesday 18 January 1600-1700 Online
Tuesday 25 January 1030-1430 Exeter Maths School
Tuesday 1 February 1600-1700 Online
Tuesday 8 February 1600-1700 Online
Tuesday 15 February 1600-1700 Online
Tuesday 1 March 1600-1700 Online
Tuesday 8 March 1600-1700 Online
Tuesday 15 March 1600-1700 Online
Tuesday 22 March 1600-1700 Online
Tuesday 29 March 1600-1700 Online
Tuesday 5 April 1600-1700 Online
Tuesday 26 April 1600-1700 Online
Tuesday 3 May 1600-1700 Online
Tuesday 10 May 1600-1700 Online
Tuesday 14 June 1600-1700 Online
Tuesday 21 June 1600-1700 Online
Friday 1 July 1030-1430 tbc
Date Time Venue
Tuesday 5 October 1030-1430 tbc
Tuesday 12 October 1700-1800 Online
Tuesday 19 October 1700-1800 Online
Tuesday 2 November 1700-1800 Online
Tuesday 9 November 1700-1800 Online
Tuesday 16 November 1700-1800 Online
Tuesday 23 November 1700-1800 Online
Tuesday 30 November 1700-1800 Online
Tuesday 7 December 1700-1800 Online
Tuesday 18 January 1700-1800 Online
Tuesday 25 January 1700-1800 Online
Tuesday 1 February 1030-1430 tbc
Tuesday 8 February 1700-1800 Online
Tuesday 15 February 1700-1800 Online
Tuesday 1 March 1700-1800 Online
Tuesday 8 March 1700-1800 Online
Tuesday 15 March 1700-1800 Online
Tuesday 22 March 1700-1800 Online
Tuesday 29 March 1700-1800 Online
Tuesday 5 April 1700-1800 Online
Tuesday 26 April 1700-1800 Online
Tuesday 3 May 1700-1800 Online
Tuesday 10 May 1700-1800 Online
Tuesday 14 June 1700-1800 Online
Tuesday 21 June 1700-1800 Online
Friday 1 July 1030-1430 tbc

Maths Summer Residential

Target Audience: year 10 students from Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset that are able and interested in maths.

Format: 3-day residential held at EMS that includes workshops, social activities and university experience.

Aim: to provide students with inspiration and challenge in a supportive setting, giving insight into applications of maths at university and beyond.

Nominate Student: Maths teachers are contacted in the spring term with a request to nominate students to attend the summer residential.

Capacity: 70

Year 9 Royal Institution Mathematics Masterclasses

Target Audience: year 9 students who are able and interested in maths. Catchment area is approximately east of Torbay, excluding North Devon (similar masterclasses are run in Cornwall, Plymouth and North Devon).

Format: 7 Saturday mornings, approximately fortnightly, over the spring and summer terms.

Aim: to encourage, inspire and engage students in the art and practice of mathematics.

How to get involved: Maths teachers are emailed in the autumn term with a request to nominate students to join the programme.

Capacity: 40


These classes are designed to encourage, inspire and engage young people in the art and practice of mathematics. The highly interactive sessions introduce students to aspects or applications of maths which may not usually be covered in the school curriculum, and open young people’s eyes to the excitement, beauty and real-world value of mathematics.

How it works

Exeter Maths School organises a series of seven Saturday morning Royal Institution (Ri) Mathematics Masterclasses in collaboration with the University of Exeter. The classes are heavily subsidised at a cost of £40 for the whole series. The cost of £40 per student is waived for those in receipt of Free School Meals.

Students nominated should be interested and enthusiastic about mathematics, as well as being from among the most mathematically able students in Year 9 at your school (though not necessarily as measured by exam success).

How to join

This programme is teacher nominated only; we cannot accept applications from students directly. Nomination information is sent to teachers in our catchment area in the second half of the autumn term.

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