The co-curricular programme at Nexus is second to none. A wide range of STEM based activities and courses are available. Each activity is run by an expert in that field. Students who are not already at Nexus will be brought across to Nexus from the CSIA Main Campus.

From September 2018 the co-curricular programme will also include a wide variety of activities to engage the students in the Gifted PPE stream. These will include a Readers’ Group, Philosophy Club, Writers’ Club, Chess, Debating and Classics.

Astro 4Students learn to set up a powerful telescope at the Astronomy Taster.

Years 7 and 8

Examples of co-curricular activities and programmes for Year 7 and 8 include: Microbits, Astronomy, Coding and Game Development, Mandarin, Philosophy, Helicopter Engineering and Robotics. Co-curricular time can also be used for music lessons and practicing musical instruments. A full list of co-curricular activities can be found below.

Year 9

In Year 9, during the co-curricular time, students have the opportunity to work on an independent research project to earn a Higher Project Qualification (HPQ) or can choose to indulge their entrepreneurial spirit by creating their own business through the Young Enterprise programme.

VI Form at the Cornwall School of Maths and Science

CSMS students can use the facilities at Nexus to carry out their own research to earn an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). Students who are candidates for Oxford and Cambridge or Medical or Veterinary degrees are prepared for entry examinations through a comprehensive programme of tutorials encompassing the BMAT, UKCAT, STEP and NatSci assessments.

In addition to this an academic lecture series runs throughout the year. More details can be found here.


Corey and PhillipCorey from Nexus 7 explains his turbine design to an engineer from RNAS Culdrose at the Young Engineers Energy Quest activity.


The 2016-17 Co-Curricular Programme

The Co-curricular Programme for 2016-2016 is detailed below. Those activities in bold are open to any student of CSIA. Booking is essential by emailing

More details about each Co-Curricular activity can be found below.

Term Monday Tuesday Wednesday


Thursday Friday

Spring 1

Astronomy GCSE Technology Club




CSIA Sport


Maths Enrichment



Game Development

STEM Competitions


CSIA Sport

Beginners Mandarin


Intermediate Mandarin


F1 in Schools


Spring 2

Astronomy GCSE Scribblers


CSIA Sport


Maths Enrichment

Game development STEM Competitions


CSIA Sport

Beginners Mandarin


Intermediate Mandarin


F1 in Schools

 Canada collaborationStudents from Years 9-11 taking part in the Invasive Species Collaboration Project with students from Winnipeg, Canada.

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