Weekly boarding

If you’re excited by the idea of Exeter Maths School, but you live beyond the range of a practical daily commute, it’s worth considering our Weekly Boarding option. Every year students from North and West Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset stay over and – judging by the feedback – really enjoy building their independence and learning new skills such as cooking. EMS boarders are guided and looked after by our dedicated pastoral and accommodation tutors who really understand what it’s like living in a city away from home. They are brilliant at combining a welcoming and sociable atmosphere with the hard working ethos of Exeter Mathematics School.

We prioritise accommodation for students that have a daily commute of more than 1 hour each way. Students are able to live in Exeter from Monday to Friday during term time, going home each Friday afternoon to spend the weekends with their families.

There is a charge for accommodation.  We have a bursary fund to ensure that students from low income families are assisted to help meet this cost.

If you would like to access accommodation please indicate this on your application to the school.  Following the entrance test, if you are still being considered for a place at EMS, we will contact you with more details and will ask you to indicate which of the two options you would prefer.  We highly recommend that all students with over a 1 hour commute each way consider applying for accommodation.

A deposit will be required to secure a place.

Meet the team

We have a team of dedicated pastoral staff that ensure students are cared for and supported as they transition towards independent living. Our core residential team consists of three Pastoral Accommodation Tutors (PAT), Grace, Bill and Carly, who live onsite alongside our students.  Whether it’s teaching students to cook, encouraging them to clean their room or just having a chat about how things are going, Bill, Carly and Grace are always on hand.






Grace is our Lead Pastoral Accommodation Tutor. She ensures the smooth running of accommodation, supporting Bill and Carly to provide outstanding care and support.  Joe, our deputy headteacher, is responsible for student wellbeing and supports Grace in leading the residential provision.

There are always two members of staff on duty and students and parents are able to contact them direct by email or telephone.


You can find out more about our pastoral team by reading their staff profiles here.

EMS flats

Students live together, from Monday to Friday, in supervised accommodation. Each student has their own en-suite bedroom that includes a bed, wardrobe, desk, shelving, pin board, shower, toilet and sink. The accommodation is loosely arranged into blocks of flats with an open-plan living room/kitchen-diner for every six bedrooms.

Most students chose to bring their own bedding and personalise their rooms but this can be supplied by the school. Kitchen and dining equipment is all provided by EMS but students bring their own toiletries and towels.

The ingredients for breakfast and evening meals are provided each day and students have access to facilities to prepare their own lunch should they wish to do so. They are encouraged to develop independent living skills, for example, each taking it in turns to cook an evening meal.   All students complete a food hygiene certificate during year 12.

Staff support students to enable them to manage cleaning rotas, plan meals and look after themselves. By the time they leave the EMS accommodation they should be fully equipped to fend for themselves at University.

Cost of Accommodation and Financial Support

We have a means-tested bursary scheme to enable students from all backgrounds to attend the school. The maximum amount paid by families in the year 2018/19 is £9800.

Bursaries are allocated according to financial need.  In the year 2016/17 they were allocated according to our bursary policy as follows:

Students coming from households with incomes of less than £16,190 that are entitled to Free Meals are considered exceptional cases and will receive a full bursary, meaning they will pay only a nominal contribution towards accommodation.

Those from families with household incomes below £25,000 will receive the maximum level of bursary funding, resulting payments of less than £300 for accommodation (£1000 when food is included).

Those with household incomes above £25 000 will be means tested for bursaries.

A copy of our full policy can be found here.

Here’s a few extracts from our September 2018 Ofsted inspection report:

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