News of the amazing success and positive impact of the Cornwall School of Maths and Science has reached Parliament; last week we were delighted accommodate a request to visit from the Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP, the Minister of State for School Standards at the Department for Education. Nick travelled down from London especially to visit Nexus and CSMS to learn about the phenomenal things our students are doing and to see what lessons could be learnt from the approaches we are using the get the best from able learners.

Nick was accompanied by George Eustice, the Member of Parliament for Camborne and Redruth. Nick and George were given a tour of the campus by Dr Foster, Mr Kenworthy and Mr Chapman and our visitors took a great interest learning how the Nexus programme is providing our students with a world class education.

After lunch, both MPs were given the chance to meet several our of exceptional students. Anya described how much she loves being surrounded by other students who are as keen as she is and said: “nothing is ever too much for the teachers, they really want to help you develop your interests” while CSMS student Tom said: “what’s fantastic is that the focus is on enriching the experiences in Maths and Science, which in turn leads to better grades but in a really enjoyable way“.

Nick and George were both really impressed with the CSMS programme. George commented that it was a pleasure to meet our staff, students and parents and described the programme as “a great initiative” while Nick described Nexus as “wonderful” with “inspired teaching“.

We are hoping to work closely with Nick in the future to improve the provision for the most able students throughout the UK.