School students from across the East of England will find out more about the new Cambridge Maths School at a series of open day events in July.
The new specialist, state-funded sixth form – opening in Mill Road, Cambridge, in September 2023 – is being developed in partnership with the University of Cambridge, where the open days will be hosted. The free events, on Saturday, 9 July and Tuesday, 12 July are aimed at Year 10 students, but are open to all students who are starting to consider their A-level options.
The Eastern Learning Alliance (ELA) – a multi-academy trust with schools across Cambridgeshire and East Anglia – will run the Cambridge Mathematics School, where talented students from across the East of England will study maths and further maths, and then choose from physics, chemistry, biology or computer science A-levels.
Working with the University’s Faculty of Mathematics, and drawing on its outreach and widening participation expertise – in particular the success of the Millennium Mathematics Project (MMP) and its NRICH programme – the Cambridge Maths School aims to attract more female students into maths subjects, more minority ethnic students, and more students from socially and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds. The School is also working with the Cambridge Mathematics project – a collaboration between Cambridge University Press and Assessment, and the Faculties of Education and Mathematics – to create an innovative mathematics curriculum.
Clare Hargraves, Headteacher of the Cambridge Maths School, said: “The open days are the first opportunity for many school students to find out about our plans for the School and its pioneering learning, and we are delighted to be able to share our excitement with them. We want to stimulate students’ passion for mathematics through an extraordinary curriculum that connects ideas and inspires young people – we hope as many as possible can come along to the open days and discover more.”
Book tickets for the Cambridge Maths School open days, taking place 9 and 12 July at the University of Cambridge’s Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Wilberforce Road, Cambridge.
*Ahead of the open days in July, the Cambridge Maths School’s first outreach enrichment events are taking place in June, for Year 9 and 10 students. Activities will be provided by the University’s NRICH and Isaac Physics outreach programmes, among others. The in-person ‘Eureka Days’, at Cambridge’s Centre for Mathematical Sciences, are designed to inspire curious mathematicians. The sessions will feature a paper crane physics challenge, ‘Dragon Quiz’, a session designed around the importance of collaboration, and a talk exploring ‘the hidden maths behind the digital world, from World War II to Wi-Fi’ by mathematician and public speaker Dr James Grime, presenter of the YouTube channel Numberphile.
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