Launch of new King's Maths School for secondary school pupils

King's College London Mathematics School

King’s College London Mathematics School was officially opened by Nicky Morgan MP, Secretary of State for Education, on 22 September 2014 and is already off to a flying start. The first of its kind, the school was built for young mathematicians aged 16-19 who have been selected for their enthusiasm for, as well as their achievement in, mathematics.

King’s has lent its expertise and helped to develop the school curriculum, which combines mathematics, further mathematics, physics and computing A-levels with the Extended Project Qualification (where students can embark on a largely self-directed and self-motivated project – an element of freedom not usually available to mainstream school pupils).

Dan Abramson, who is Headteacher at the school, is committed to making sure everyone hears about their fantastic work.

He has pulled out all the stops over the last 12 months to prepare for the recent grand opening. After applications came flooding in, the school is now at full capacity. Dan gave a talk on 30th September at the Conservative Party Conference about the vision for the school, and his passion for the ‘Queen of the sciences’.

‘We have motivated students, inspirational staff and a wonderful space in which to learn: this is a dream combination and I’m so excited to get this project truly underway,’ says Dan.

Start as they mean to go on

The first wave of students arrived in September and began experimenting with robots. They have started their first lessons and had an inaugural lecture from Professor Konstanze Rietsch, who is a King’s researcher in geometry. She discussed Apollonian Circles with the students, who subsequently split into groups to solve problems that she posed.

The school will provide access to high quality teaching at sixth form level to students from all backgrounds. It is already running an extensive GCSE enrichment programme involving over 250 students, which aims to increase mathematical understanding and increase the number of students who take both mathematics and further mathematics at A-level.

As a result and in line with the government’s agenda, the school will encourage the next generation of A-level students to pursue STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) at degree level. Through participating in the school’s focused curriculum and other outreach activities, more young mathematicians will develop the skills and enthusiasm to study STEM subjects at university – and be able to excel in them once they get there.

Representing women in STEM

Even better: 43 per cent of the 68 new students are girls. Women are still under-represented in STEM subjects, but society has been slow in addressing this problem. King’s Maths School represents a positive step forward for encouraging women into mathematics.

Nicky Morgan says, ‘I am delighted that hundreds of our capital’s students now have the opportunity to attend King’s College London Mathematics School. It will become a centre of excellence that will play a crucial part in ensuring our country continues to be at the forefront of science and maths.’

Students will also gain exposure to the inspirational people working within the faculties of King’s through the school’s extended curriculum, which creates ‘meaningful interactions’ with researchers and academics.

Ms Morgan says, ‘To maintain our position as a world-leader in STEM, we must ensure our best young scientists and mathematicians are given the opportunity to realise their aspirations.’

The school is now open to applicants for the September 2015 intake. It is also launching this year’s King’s-Exeter Mathematics Competition, where teams of students are invited to make a five minute video in which they construct one of the Platonic or Archimedean solids.

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 Article posted: November, 2014

 
 

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