STEM Pathway

Outstanding teaching, outstanding learners.

All students at CSMS are part of the STEM Pathway, with lessons taught by specialist teachers who are experts in their fields. You are taught with other very able students and, as a result, the repetition of basic skills is compacted so that more time can be spent learning the higher level concepts and practising the skills needed to achieve top A and A* grades.

All CSMS students complete an Extended Project, working on their own independent research. A number of students have actually published real scientific papers!

Alongside lessons there is an unparalleled co-curricular programme of lectures, seminars, workshops, additional tutoring and individualised support to assist CSMS students in achieving a place at their chosen top university.

Academic Lectures

Visiting academics from universities around the country come to CSMS to provide an ongoing programme of lectures and seminars showcasing their current research, as well as stretching and challenging CSMS students to think way beyond the curriculum. These experiences inspire and prepare our students for life at university.

STEP maths workshops

We offer students the chance to take part in advanced mathematics sessions, targeted at preparing students for Oxford and Cambridge mathematics entrance exams. These are open to all CSMS students who have an interest in developing their mathematical knowledge and problem solving abilities beyond the Further Maths curriculum.

Research placements, summer schools and opportunities

There are many opportunities for students in Year 12 to get real-life experiences of their studies. At CSMS we support our students to take up these opportunities when they are available.

Previous CSMS students have: applied successfully for The VI Form Academy Scholarships to travel to Africa for a veterinary experience programme; won the Kelvin Science Prize for an essay on the cosmological constant; and visited Bristol University to use advanced scientific equipment such as an NMR machine to support their own research.

I travelled to Thailand to present my research modelling the impact of climate change on glacial calving at the Asian Pacific Conference of Young Scientists, winning an award for most innovative research. After the success of this conference I was also invited to present the research at a European Space Agency Conference, making me the first VI Former invited to this event in Europe.

Alfie B, studying Mathematics at the University of Oxford