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Taster Day this Saturday 11th November

It’s not too late to sign up for our upcoming Taster Day this Saturday 11th November from 10am – 2.30pm.  If you think that EMS might be the place for you, come along and see what we’re about. Click here for further info.



Applications for September 2018 entry are now open

Please click here to access the on-line form and for further information.



Taster Days for prospective students

If you’re a Year 11 student considering applying to study your A-levels at EMS, why not come along to one of our Taster Days?  The next one is on Saturday 11th November from 10am – 2.30pm, with the event being run again on 2nd December. For further information, or to book a place, please visit : 



Fantastic Results for Class of 2017

Students at unique mathematics school achieve among the best A-level results in the country

Students at a EMS have once again scored some of the best A-level results in the country.

A total of 11 per cent of students at the Exeter Mathematics School will attend Oxford or Cambridge universities to study for degrees in science, technology or mathematics subjects, including mathematics, artificial intelligence, physics, engineering and geophysics.

A total of 59 per cent of examinations taken by teenagers at the school, which is sponsored by the University of Exeter, were graded at A or A* and 81 per cent were graded at A*, A or B.

The students will now attend the best universities in the country after two years of studying a rigorous academic curriculum, including completing work of undergraduate-level difficulty.

The Exeter Mathematics School, which opened in 2014, is one of only two “free” schools for enthusiastic young mathematicians and scientists in England. The sixth form offers young people in the South West who show potential to do well in STEM subjects the chance to study in an exciting and challenging environment, and work with leading academics at the University of Exeter.

Students who live too far away to commute daily live together in supervised accommodation during the week.

Mia Keast, from St Ives, will now study mathematics and statistics at the University of Bristol after scoring two A* grades and an A in mathematics, further mathematics and physics. Mia said: “I’ve really enjoyed living here. Every student really wants to learn and cares about doing well. The teachers are really friendly and treat you like an adult.”

Dan Ley, who lives near Crediton, got four A* grades in mathematics, further mathematics, physics and chemistry. He will study engineering at Corpus Christie College, University of Cambridge. Dan, who is also a talented musician and football and chess player, said: “The teaching has been really interesting, and I’ve worked really hard for these grades. It’s been great working among other people interested in maths, we feed off each other.”

Emily Keenan, from Sidmouth, will study physics at the University of Manchester after achieving two A* and one A grades in mathematics, further mathematics and physics.

Tim Parker, from Stithians in Cornwall, will study mathematics and philosophy at Jesus College, University of Oxford. Tim’s mother Karen said: “Tim was so lucky to have a teacher at his secondary school who encouraged him to get involved with competitive maths, and that really got him engaged in the subject. It has been hard having him away from home during the week but he is now so independent, he can manage a budget and do his own laundry. The teachers here are so considerate to parents and passionate about their subjects too.”

Will Huxtable, from Torrington, will study computer science at City, University of London. Will has been computer coding since he was eight and first met teachers from the Exeter Mathematics School when he went on a residential trip they organised three years ago.

Will said: “I’m looking forward to the fact that when at university I’ll be very near to Silicon Roundabout in London, and lots of technology companies.”

Fiona Pascoe, from Redruth, will study mathematics and statistics at the University of Bath after achieving an A*, two A grades and a B. Fiona said: “I really love working with statistics and analysing data and hope to make that my career after university.”

All students at the school, which is also sponsored by Exeter College, study three A-levels at the School, in mathematics, further mathematics and physics or computer science, and take a fourth subject to at least AS level at Exeter College. Students also study for the Exeter Mathematics Certificate; a separate qualification designed to prepare pupils for independent study and the world of work. Students work with academics to research a question or problem posed by lecturers and professors and present their answer to hundreds of people at lectures hosted by the University of Exeter.  They then complete a piece of individual research of their own choosing.

Exeter Mathematics School headteacher Kerry Burnham said: “We are delighted for all our students. The progress they have made is truly incredibly and we’re thrilled so see them reap the rewards of their enthusiasm and hard work.  It’s a joy to have worked alongside them these past two years and to know that they are leaving us well prepared for their next steps.”

Professor Janice Kay, Provost and Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Exeter, said: “My congratulations go to all Exeter Mathematics School students on their dazzling set of A-Level results yet again. Exeter Mathematics School is designed to cultivate the talents of the next generation of mathematicians and scientists and to act as a springboard for their future successes. This fantastic set of results is testament to the success of Exeter Mathematics School and the genuine partnership with the University and Exeter College which stretches, challenges and nurtures mathematic and scientific ability.”

Entry is based on the pupil’s mathematics problem-solving ability and potential and decided through an application form and entrance test. A third of pupils are female and almost all have previously attended state schools, with almost 40 per cent having grown up in areas of the South West where few people go on to attend university.




Year 6 Poster Competition – Results 2017

Polygons and Tessellations were the themes for this year’s poster competition, leading to some interesting designs from our primary school competitors. We were delighted by the quality of design, research and mathematics on display; our 6th-form judges had a significant challenge in selecting the prize winners.

After much wrangling and careful analysis, the following posters emerged triumphant:

First Place

Maija Wilson, Anabel Salmon, Lowen Dymond and Amber Drysdale , Perranporth Community Primary School, Cornwall

Second Place

Tobias Reid, Parkfield School, Taunton, Somerset

Third Place

Oscar Simmons, Joseph Hassell, Uther Puckey and Lauren Foster-Wilton ,Trythall Community Primary School, Cornwall

The winning poster impressed with a combination of well-presented research and mathematical facts written the students’ own words.  The judges were also pleased to see a hand-drawn Esher-style tessellation.

The second place poster scored highly for mathematical content and humour.  Our judges enjoyed the comedy of the polygons and non-polygons complete with speech bubbles.  They also appreciated the clear explanation as to why there are only three regular tessellations.

A feast for the eyes was provided by the third-placed team with a superb presentation of tessellations, including their own original Escher-style creations.  Truly inspired!  This coupled with a clear demonstration of the mathematics of semi-regular tessellations secured a high score.

Special Mention to:

Lucy Webber and Freya Waterfield from Chumleigh Primary School in Devon who narrowly missed out on a place in the top three.  The judges loved your Polygon Pig and the demonstration of how Escher used polygons to create tessellating art.

Charlene Corpuz, Lucy Cockerham, Summer Close and Chloe Williams from Cameley Primary School in Somerset produced a very professional-looking poster that was clear and bright and shiny.  The judges scored them highly for overall presentation and were also please so see that they had given an example of non-tessellating polygons as well as those that tessellate.

Well done to all the students that submitted a poster for consideration and thank you to the teachers that supported them students to take part.  We hope they enjoyed exploring this creative area of mathematics, we certainly loved reviewing their work.



Year 13 student, Charles Powell, becomes a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society!

Charles has been a member of the Norman Lockyer Observatory in Sidmouth since 2008, working predominantly in the Lockyer Technology Centre. Using radio astronomy they are able to detect meteors, as well as tracking VLF radio signals and downloading data with CubeSats and weather satellites.

Many applications to become a fellow are made each year, however backed by the chairman of the Observatory, David Strange, for the many talks that Charles has contributed too on Quantum Mechanics and the Sun, the Council electors and Observatory society granted Charles the honorific postnomen ‘FRAS’.

Since this announcement, Charles has had a chapter of his EMC report published in WGN, the Journal of the International Meteor Organisation.

A huge congratulations to Charles!



Conference for non-specialist teachers of Maths and Physics

We are delighted to be hosting a free, exciting and inspiring one-day conference for non-specialist teachers of both Maths and Physics on Thursday 6th July. Click here for further details:




EMC Conference is here

Congratulations to our Year 13 students on reaching the end of their EMC projects; the culmination of these being a 2-day conference on Thursday 30th and 31st March.  It promises to be an inspiring and busy couple of days.



Parents’ Forum Friday 10th February, 12.30pm

The next Parents’ Forum (for parents and carers of our existing studens) will meet on Friday 10th February from 12.30pm until 2pm here at EMS.  All parents are welcome, whether you have been before or not.  Tea, coffee and biscuits provided!  We look forward to seeing you there.



Late Applications for September Entry

Our deadline for applications for September 2017 entry has now passed.  However, we do have a policy in place for late applications. Please click the ‘Admissions’ tab and then ‘September 2017 entry’ for further information about late applications.