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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

    All parents are welcome 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.  Given the current situation, the group is unable to meet at the school, but a Covid-appropriate programme has been put in place – see details below.

    For further info, please contact ems.parentsforum@gmail.com

    Welcome Event: 

    Friday 4th September, BYO picnic at Cathedral Green, Exeter, 12.30pm – 2.00pm

    Online Zoom Events:

    Weds 21st October, 8pm Weds 16th December, 8pm Weds 10th February, 8pm
    Weds 31st March, 8pm Weds 26th May, 8pm Weds 30th June, 8pm

    Dates For Your Diary

    Please note that all dates are inclusive.

    2020/21 Academic Year

    Inset Days: Friday 23rd October 2020 & Monday 11th January 2021

    Term First day of (half-) term Last day of (half-) term
    Autumn 2020 Tuesday 1st September

    (NB: Tuesday 1st September is Year 12 only)

    Friday 23rd October
    Half term break Monday 26th October Friday 30th October
    Monday 2nd November Friday 18th December
    Spring 2021 Monday 4th January Friday 12th February
    Half term break Monday 15th February Friday 19th February
    Monday 22nd February Thursday 1st April
    Summer 2021 Monday 19th April Friday 28th May

    (NB: Monday 3rd May is a Bank Holiday)

    Half term break Monday 31st May Friday 4th June
    Monday 7th June Friday 2nd July
    Date Time Event Details
    W/b Monday 21st September 1900-2000 Online – Year 12 First Impressions Parents’ Event 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. Details a Joining Link will be sent out via our School Administrator, Tor.
    W/b Monday 16th November Please note that the format of this event will be confirmed nearer the time – we will be in touch with parents/carers via our usual comms with further details. Year 12 Progress Meetings 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.
    W/b 30th November As above. Year 13 Careers Tutorials
    Thursday 17th December Please note that it is unlikely our Christmas Lectures will be able to take the same format as in previous years. We are working on the delivery and will be in touch nearer the time with an update. Year 12 – 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 to an audience of students, staff, governors, parents, members of our Maths and Physics student communities, academics and other friends of EMS.
    W/b 1st March Please note that it is unlikely our EMC Conference will be able to take the same format as in previous years. We are working on the delivery and will be in touch nearer the time with an update. Year 13 – EMC Conference

    Year 12 Internal assessments will take place during normal lesson times in the weeks commencing:

    12 October, 8 February and 21 June.

    Year 13 Internal Assessments for the rest of the year are currently under review.


    Exams Timetable Summer 2021


    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 week, students will be set:

    • One piece of “Maths Alpha” homework
    • One piece of “Maths Beta” homework
    • One piece of Physics and/or Computer Science homework

    Year 13 Homework Timetable

    Each fortnight, students will be set:

    • Two pieces of “Maths S” homework
    • Two pieces of Physics and/or Computer Science homework
    • Two pieces of additional maths homework, one from any two of the following: Mechanics, Statistics and either Extra Pure or Numerical Methods (subjects are rotated throughout the year)

    Overall Homework Timetable 2020/21

    The homework timetable will be posted here as soon as it is confirmed.

    Absence Request Form

    If students require an authorised absence from school, they must complete and electronic absence request form which they are able to access via Microsoft Teams.  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.

    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 (2020 entry) and their parents can be downloaded here:


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