News of the amazing success and positive impact of the Gifted Programmes at the Nexus campus has reached Parliament; last week we were delighted accommodate a request to visit from the Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP, the Minister of State for School Standards at the Department for Education. Nick travelled down from London especially to visit Nexus and CSMS to learn about the phenomenal things our students are doing and to see what lessons could be learnt from the approaches we are using to get the best from able learners.
Nick was accompanied by George Eustice, the Member of Parliament for Camborne and Redruth. Nick and George were given a tour of the campus by Dr Foster, Mr Kenworthy and Mr Chapman and our visitors took a great interest learning how the Nexus programme is providing our students with a world class education.
After lunch, both MPs were given the chance to meet several of our exceptional students. Anya described how much she loves being surrounded by other students who are as keen as she is and said: “nothing is ever too much for the teachers, they really want to help you develop your interests” while CSMS student Tom said: “what’s fantastic is that the focus is on enriching the experiences in Maths and Science, which in turn leads to better grades but in a really enjoyable way“.
We also invited some of our parents in to meet Nick. Susan, a parent of a Year 9 student, described the amazing changes in her very able daughter after joining the Nexus programme when she moved to CSIA from another school where she wasn’t being challenged, she said that “every able child in the country should have access to a place like Nexus“.
Nick and George were both really impressed with the Nexus programme. George commented that it was a pleasure to meet our staff, students and parents and described the Gifted STEM programme as “a great initiative” while Nick described Nexus as “wonderful” with “inspired teaching“.
We are hoping to work closely with Nick in the future to improve the provision for the most able students throughout the UK.