The Nexus Campus is a part of Camborne Science and International Academy, one of Cornwall’s top-performing State Secondary Schools. Nexus is home to Cornwall School of Maths and Science, specialist A-Level provision for STEM subjects, and the Nexus Gifted STEM Programme for the most able students in Science and Maths from Years 7-11. Students on the Nexus Gifted Programmes study both on the Nexus Campus and the CSIA Main Campus, so they are fully integrated into the life of the school.
From September 2018, the Nexus Campus will also house the Nexus PPE Programme, for students who are very able in English and the Humanities.
How do I know if my child is ‘gifted’?
Gifted is a very subjective word. We have chosen to use it in this context, rather than ‘most able’, because it also implies a degree of interest or passion for the subject, which, along with ability, is what the Nexus Programmes are about.
Students on the Nexus Programmes commit a significant amount of additional time to school through the extended day. For many children, this is heaven! Extra time to discuss ideas with like-minded friends; to really concentrate on that story they are writing; to check up and see how their science experiment is going. For some able children, the idea of spending extra time at school is not so welcome. We use the word ‘gifted’ because it is children who have the passion and interest in their learning, along with the ability, who will thrive in the environment at Nexus.
As a rule of thumb, if your child has been in the top few in their Primary class, if they spend their time asking you ‘why?’ questions that are hard to answer; if they seem to have endless curiosity; if they love aspects of their learning so much that you advise others to buy Christmas and Birthday presents based on their latest hobby, then the Nexus Gifted Programmes might be the place for them!
How do I apply?
Assessment for entry to both these Gifted Programmes is held in March each year for students who have been awarded a place at CSIA.