Community Hub

Nexus is a resource for the whole community. Co-curricular activities at Nexus are open to all students of CSIA so that all can benefit from the experiences on offer. CSIA are also working with local primary schools to develop practical support for Science and Maths teaching, as well as opportunities for their most able students in STEM to spend time at Nexus partaking in exciting and engaging STEM activities to challenge them.

Mind reading 2Able students from Connor Downs Academy take part in a Maths Masterclass on the Golden Ratio.

Nexus is an opportunity for students to shine, regardless of their background. We have an active programme to help to identify and support the most able students from disadvantaged backgrounds, and to encourage them to be a part of Nexus.

We offer an extensive lecture series through the year, which is open to students and staff from all Cornish Schools. These lectures are aimed at students who are targeted A and A* at Science and Maths GCSE or A-Levels. The Lectures run from 4-5pm and booking is essential.

Year 11 and VI Form Lecture Programme Autumn Term 2016 

15 October Dr Jen Jackson ,British Antarctic Survey and the University of Cambridge – Whale Population Genetics


30 October Dr Nathan Mayne, University of Exeter – Astrophysics and the weather on other planets
12th November Feargus Cooney (University of Exeter) – Conservation Biology and the Social life of Wasps
23rd November Professor Imre Leader, University of Cambridge ‘Ramsay Theory’

Whale talk 2Dr. Jen Jackson wows us with whales at her lecture.
As part of our drive to encourage girls into STEM, we are working with organisations such as WISE (Women into Science, Technology and Engineering). We are running STEM Summer Camps for girls in Years 5 and 6 from Summer 2017. Nexus is also likely to become a hub for excellence in teaching the Most Able and we work closely with NACE (National Association for Able Children in Education).

2016 Nexus Intake Evening-9Hilary Lowe, CEO of NACE, welcomes students into the Gifted STEM Programme.