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    Parents are such an important part of our lively, tight-knit community.  We rely on their support in helping students get the most out of our fun but demanding routine and prepare for a more independent life at University. Look out for our regular Parents’ Forums, for the regular Progress Meetings and for our termly Parents’ Newsletter.

    Parents’ Forum

    The next meeting of the Parents’ Forum will be on Friday 5th April from 12:30 to 2pm at the Maths School – you’ll be directed to the meeting room when you sign in at Reception. Please feel free to come along and join this informal group where we share our experience as parents of Year 12 and Year 13 students. The function of this group is to build a social connection with other parents which can help your understanding of what the students might be experiencing as they go through their two years at the Maths School.  There is no teacher interaction or curriculum information during these meetings – it is purely a social group for parents to get to know one another. Hearing from other parents about their experiences can be reassuring and helpful, and builds an awareness of the day-to-day environment at the Maths School. I look forward to meeting you. You can contact me with any questions at linda.gethin@sky.com.

    Dates For Your Diary

    Please note that all dates are inclusive.

    Term Start Date End Date
    Autumn 2018 Monday, 3rd September

    (NB: Monday 3rd September is Year 12 only)

    Friday 19th October
    Autumn 2018 Monday, 29th October Friday, 21st December
    Spring 2019 Monday, 7th January Friday, 15th February
    Spring 2019 Monday, 25th February Friday, 5th April
    Summer 2019 Tuesday, 23rd April

    (Bank Holiday 6th May)

    Friday, 24th May
    Summer 2019 Monday, 3rd June Friday, 5th July

    Provisional Term Dates – 2019/20 Academic Year

    Term First day of (half-) term Last day of (half-) term
    Autumn 2019 Monday 2nd September Friday 18th October
    Half term break Monday 21st October Friday 25th October
    Monday 28th October Friday 20th December
    Spring 2020 Monday 6th January Friday 14th February
    Half term break Monday 17th February Friday 21st February
    Monday 24th February Friday 27th March
    Summer 2020 Tuesday 14th April Friday 22nd May

    (NB: Monday 4th May is a Bank Holiday)

    Half term break Monday 25th May Friday 29th May
    Monday 1th June Friday 3rd July
    Date Time Event
    Friday 7th September  1230 to 1400 PARENT FORUM
    Friday, 21st September 1500 to 1600 Year 12 First Impressions Parents’ Event
    Monday, 24th September 1800 to 1900 Year 12 First Impressions Parents’ Event
    Thursday, 22nd November 1630 to 1930 Year 12 Progress Meetings
    Friday, 23rd November 1430 to 1630 Year 12 Progress Meetings
    Thursday, 20th December 1230 to 1600 EMC Christmas Lectures
    Thursday, 17th January 1630 to 1930 Year 13 Progress Meetings
    Friday, 18th January 1430 to 1630 Year 13 Progress Meetings
    Tuesday 5th March  All day – timetable TBC  EMC Conference
    Thursday, 21st March 1630 to 1930 Year 12 Progress Meetings
    Friday, 22nd March 1430 to 1630 Year 12 Progress Meetings
    Tuesday, 30th April  1800 to 1900 Supporting your child during Examination Season
    Tuesday, 30th April  1930 to 2030  UCAS Guidance Meeting

    EMC Conference: Tuesday 5th March 2019

    Another highlight of the year, a culmination of all the hard work our students have put into the Exeter Mathematics Certificate.

    Year 13 students will present their research findings at this conference, held at EMS.  Each session will last an hour, with three students presenting per session.

    You are able to book tickets for one or more sessions via an online booking system.  Please email enquiries@exeterms.ac.uk to request the details

    Year 12 First Impressions Parents’ Event: Friday 21st or Monday 24th September

    This event is intended for parents only, there is no need for students to attend.  You do not need to book a place, simply arrive at the school for 1500 on the Friday or 1800 on the Monday.  You will be given a brief update about the term so far and will meet informally with your son’s / daughter’s tutor together with other parents from the same form.

    Light refreshments will be served and there will be plenty of time to mingle and ask questions.


    Year 12 Progress Meetings: Thursday 22nd or Friday 23rd November

    Students and their parents will meet with each of their teachers to review their progress.

    Students will be given a booking sheet for making appointments a week in advance of the meetings.

    Tea and coffee will be provided.


    EMC Christmas Lectures

    This is a real highlight of the year: a chance to celebrate the progress made by our new students in their first term.

    Year 12 students will present their research at the University of Exeter to a audience of students, staff, governors, parents, members of our Maths and Physics student communities, academics and other friends of EMS.

    We will use an online system for booking tickets, more details will be available nearer the time.


    Year 13 Progress Meetings: Thursday 17th or Friday 18th January

    Students and their parents will meet with each of their teachers to review their progress.

    Students will be given a booking sheet for making appointments a week in advance of the meetings.

    Tea and coffee will be provided.

    Year 12 Progress Meetings: Thursday 21st or Friday 22nd March

    Students and their parents will meet with each of their teachers to review their progress.

    Students will be given a booking sheet for making appointments a week in advance of the meetings.

    Tea and coffee will be provided.


    External Exams

    The Summer 2019 external examination dates are below and can also be downloaded here.

    The dates for the College exams will be added when available.

    Internal Assessments

    Year 12 Assessment Weeks:

    15-19 October 2018

    11-15 February 2019

    24-28 June 2019

    Year 13 Assessment Weeks:

    03-07 December 2018

    23-26 April 2019 (Mock Exams)


    Students can expect to receive one piece of homework per week per A-level, with each piece taking 2 hours to complete.  They will also complete work towards EMC projects, this should take an average of 2 hours per week.

    The homework set at EMS is structured to enable students to spend their 2 hours in the most constructive manner for them.  A typical homework task has 3 sections:

    Section A is optional – this covers basic skills and knowledge.  Students should decide for themselves if completing this section is a productive use of their time.

    Section B is compulsory – this covers typical examination questions.  It is marked, usually by teachers, and feedback is used to inform students and set targets.

    Section C is optional – this includes wider reading, challenging problems and broader content than usually covered in A-levels.  Students are encouraged to complete this section if they have comfortably completed section B in less than 2 hours.

    Students have timetabled lessons for the collection of homework during which feedback will be given.  In addition to the homework set at EMS, students should expect to receive regular tasks from their College lecturers.

    Year 12 Homework Timetable

    Each fortnight, students will be set:

    • Two pieces of “Maths P” homework
    • One piece of “Maths Q” homework
    • One piece of “Maths R” homework
    • Two pieces of Physics and/or Computer Science homework

    Year 13 Homework Timetable

    Each fortnight, students will be set:

    • Two pieces of “Maths S” homework
    • One piece of homework for each major or minor maths option (at least two options)
    • Two pieces of Physics and/or Computer Science homework



    Overall Homework Timetable 2018/19

    Homework Timetable

    Absence Request Form

    If students require an authorised absence from school, the form below should be completed and handed to Reception to begin the authorisation process. Hard copies are also available in Reception. Please allow plenty of time for this process to be completed prior to the time of planned absence.  Submitting the form does not automatically result in authorisation; once submitted, students will need to wait to hear the outcome of their request.  Each request is considered on its own merits and in light of the student’s attendance and progress.

    Click on the link to access the form:

    Absence request form

    Authorisation is typically given for:

    • Educational visits such as attending University open days
    • Medical appointments that are not able to be moved such as hospital procedures

    Authorisation is not typically given for:

    • Family holidays
    • Routine medical appointments
    • Interviews for weekend or holiday work

    Information Pack

    A copy of the information pack for new students (2018 entry) and their parents can be downloaded here:

    2017-18 Student Parent Info Pack


    The latest Parent Newsletter:

    Parent Newsletter 18 – April 2019

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