Cornwall School of Maths and Science (CSMS) is part of The VI Form Academy at Camborne Science and International Academy, which is the top state-funded Post-16 STEM provider in Cornwall (Future Finders Stem Schools).

Our students are stretched and challenged to think way beyond the curriculum; the programme at CSMS allows you to work and thrive in a place where you are surrounded by other likeminded students and staff, and visiting academics provide an intensive programme of lectures and seminars showcasing their current research. These experiences inspire and prepare the students for life at university, and provide a unique opportunity for incisive and creative thought.

A Culture of Research

Imagine a place where you are given the time, space and resources to carry out your own authentic scientific research. Here at CSMS, we place research at the heart of our work.

All our students are strongly encouraged to undertake their own research project alongside their A Levels, supported by a team of specialist teachers alongside exceptional links with local, national and international universities.

We are extremely proud to be a Partner School of the Institute for Research in Schools. Our involvement with this organisation means that CSMS students have access to big data from a huge number of incredible projects and undertake their own original research, writing an academic paper and submitting it for publication. This research can also be used as the basis for an Extended Project Qualification.

Students are also encouraged to present their research at national and international competitions. Over the last few years CSMS students have competed in and won awards at the Asian-Pacific Conference of Young Scientists in Thailand, the Korea Science Academy Science Fair in South Korea and the International Student Science Fair in Singapore.

Dedicated Pathways

The enrichment at CSMS goes way beyond the lecture and mentoring programme. Students are individually mentored to ensure they engage with every opportunity to build and develop their experiences in their area of interest.

From support to apply for a Nuffield Placement to practice for Cambridge interviews, CSMS staff are there for you every step of the way.

The programme has allowed me to explore many opportunities that I never considered would be available to me at this stage. The Oxbridge-style mentoring in particular has been very beneficial; I am able to link the knowledge from my A-Level studies to current scientific research and to develop my own ideas alongside an academic in my field of interest.

Jodie, Y13

I’ve been provided with an incredible range of opportunities that have been personally tailored towards my aspiration to study Mathematics. One of the highlights of this year was the one-to-one tutorial with Professor Imre Leader, a Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge. I was stretched way above the Maths and Further Maths A-level curriculum and encouraged to think independently about the subject; brilliant preparation for my university interview.

Mia, Y13