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Wells Cathedral School specialist Maths programme

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kitnkaboodle Mon 30-Sep-13 23:02:50

Anyone got any experience of it? or anecdotes? Anyone been to the 'be a mathematician for a day' events? We don't live a million miles away, and have a son in Y5 who, it seems, has exceptional Maths skills.

PatKing Wed 02-Oct-13 20:07:35

I am replying because my son is now in Y9 at Wells Cathedral School. He has been in the Specialist Maths group since Y7 and I would thoroughly recommend it if he is gifted in and interested in Maths. There is an excellent teaching team who really motivate the children and his Maths is now well beyond what would be expected in Y9. The group still participate in the life of the school, for example my son enjoys music groups, plays and sports matches. Wells really is a lovely school with so much to offer. The 'Be a Mathematician' days are the best way to see what is involved in the scheme and gain an insight into the school. The next one is in November (details on the school website.) Good Luck!

kitnkaboodle Thu 03-Oct-13 15:08:37

Ooh - thanks. Just spotted this, as no-one replied on the G & T board. So to what degree is the Specialist Maths Group kept separate from the rest of the school? How many are there in the group? and finally - what is the proportion of boarders and day pupils. Is there any weekly boarding?
Sorry to bombard you with questions!

tbtest Wed 06-Nov-13 14:20:35

My dd is in Y8 on the maths scheme. In my opinion they are not kept separate from the rest of the year and only miss the occasional activity due to maths commitments. Flexi boarding is available and works very well for us. Pastoral care in the girls' boarding house is second to none in my opinion. The school will also bring out their musical talents, which often accompany maths I believe. I think that there are now about 7 mathematicians in the Y8 group.
Trying the 'Be a Mathematician' day is a good way to gauge your child's enthusiasm for the subject.

kitnkaboodle Thu 07-Nov-13 00:11:57

Thanks, tbtest. He's going for the day this Saturday. We live in the west country, but still an hour from Wells. I'm a bit freaked by the boarding side of things, tbh. It's totally out of our comfort zone - no-one in the family ever been to private school, let alone boarding.

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