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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 , Perronporth 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.



EMS will be featured on BBC1 tonight, 7.30pm

The BBC’s programme ‘Inside Out’ came to pay us a visit recently and will be showing their footage on BBC1 South West this evening at 7.30pm.



One more week until applications close for September 2017 entry – deadline Monday 30th January

Click on the ‘Admissions’ tab for all details, including the application form.



Our first Open Evening of the year is on Wednesday 25th January. Come along and see what we’re all about!

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Year 12 Problem Solving Days start in January!

A great series for mathematicians who enjoy a challenge but with the added bonus of helping you think about entrance exams for university. Free to attend for state-school pupils. Click here for further info.