Euro Space Trip is out of this world

By on Feb 12, 2019 in Blog |

Forty lucky Nexus students in year 7 and 8 experienced the trip of a lifetime when they recently went for a four-day visit to the Euro Space Center in Belgium. The center is a hub for space education and contains a host of equipment and resources used for astronaut and space exploration training. Over the four days, the students were able to experience various aspects of astronaut training. Each of these activities alone would have been a highlight of the trip but the students were able to experience each one of them, making for a visit they will never forget. Astronauts have to perform delicate operations whilst operating in microgravity in space. The microgravity wall gave students the chance to experience the feeling of microgravity by counterbalancing their weight on the climbing wall so that the smallest push or touch would send them shooting up or down. The students were then...

How to Catch a Killer – Forensic Science Lecture at Nexus

By on Feb 12, 2019 in Blog |

We were delighted to welcome Paul Rogers from Devon and Cornwall Police to Nexus yesterday to share his experience and expertise in forensic science with our students. Paul is a crime scene investigator whose role is to visit active crime scenes to collect trace evidence, he then safely preserves and transports the evidence to his lab where he then analyses the samples to assist the police in their investigations. Paul’s work is meticulous and carefully and his passion for the work that he does was clear to see. Paul shared the key STEM skills that he uses in his job every day. We think it is vital to expose our students to as many different careers and opportunities as possible so that they can see the real life applications of the topics they are learning about here at Nexus. We really appreciate the time and effort that Paul has put in to delivering a lecture to our...

How to Change the World with Andy Cummins

By on Feb 12, 2019 in Blog |

We were delighted to host a lecture from Andy Cummins who addressed Nexus students on the important campaign work he undertook with Surfers Against Sewage. Andy took us through the strategic process of planning a campaign with a valuable insight into how the ‘Break the Bag Habit’ campaign found success in targeting industry, government and the public in instigating real change with the charge for plastic bags in supermarkets. The impact has been profound: the plastic bag charge has resulted in a decrease of 6 billion fewer bags and an 84% change in shopper’s attitudes towards reusing plastic bags. Andy’s message was of the importance of being proactive and making a positive impact through campaigning. His quote from Chinese Philosopher Lao-tzu resonated in the lecture theatre: “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step”. He urged the students to think practically about the...

Youth Speaks Competition Kicks Off at Nexus

By on Feb 12, 2019 in Blog |

Nexus were delighted to host Youth Speaks on the evening of Tuesday 29th January. This was a superb opportunity to hear a number of well crafted speeches on a diverse range of highly engaging topics from thirty six highly accomplished speakers in Years 7 through to 9 . We heard about the need to ‘throw away’ fashion, the problems with plastic and a passionate call to consider ‘Veganuary’. Members of Redruth Rotary Club had the unenviable task of choosing two teams to go through and compete with local schools in the area. Congratulations to the ‘Throwaway Fashion’ team: Lily Mason (main speaker), Josie Welch (chair) and Isla Richards (vote of thanks) and the ‘Footprints’ team: Arina West (main speaker), Bou Brian (chair) and Ellen Stokes (vote of...

GCSE mathematicians take it to another level

By on Jan 31, 2019 in Blog |

The Grade 8/9 enrichment sessions for Year 11s from across Cornwall continued yesterday evening. This session focused on all things quadratics; the students used their knowledge of factorising, completing the square and inequalities to solve challenging problems in preparation for their GCSEs.  These enrichment sessions are open to students from across the county and form part of CSMS and Nexus’ drive to ensure all students are given the best possible chance to reach their potential. If you are not already signed up for these sessions and would like to be contacted please email for more details and upcoming dates. We are still accepting applications for Cornwall School of Maths and Science for September 2019. If you would like a tour or to find out more contact us on

Saving Seals – Fighting Plastics on our Shores

By on Jan 29, 2019 in Blog |

We were delighted to host a lecture by Sue Sayer and members of her team from the Cornwall Seal Research Group yesterday. Sue visited Nexus to share her vital work to monitor and safeguard the seal population around the Cornish coastlines. Sue’s passionate defence of these important marine creatures was inspiring and we are sure that our students will be motivated to take the important steps necessary to help reduce ocean plastics and make our coast a more hospitable and safe environment for seals. We would like to thank Sue, and her team, for giving up their time to work with our students.

Meet the Maths Olympiad Champions!

By on Jan 25, 2019 in Blog |

And the winners of the first Cornish Schools Maths Olympiad are… St. Erth Community Primary School. Huge congratulations! In Second place: Truro Prep School In Third place: St. Minver School Fantastic work by all the children who attended; what an incredible group of brilliant young people. The Cornish Schools Maths Olympiad is an annual event. If you would like to register your school for the Primary Olympiad 2020, please email us at Nexus....

Cornish children dazzle in first Maths Olympiad

By on Jan 25, 2019 in Blog |

There was incredible energy in the air as students awaited the result of the first ever Cornish maths Olympiad, held at Nexus today. The morning had seen the best primary mathematicians in Cornwall decode cyphers with the Royal Institution, discover Pi and use their superpowers to get into space. This afternoon the students participated in two tense, exciting rounds of very challenging maths, where they collaborated, computed and calculated their way to the answers. The children, teachers and parents who attended were buzzing about the day: “All 4 pupils have thoroughly engaged with the day. Their enthusiasm has shone from their faces throughout and seeing them be stretched in their ability has been a pleasure.”  Hannah, St Erth Parent “The pupils have thoroughly enjoyed the day. They have been engaged by all activities especially the competition.” – Maureen...

Inaugural Cornish Schools Maths Olympiad ready to go!

By on Jan 24, 2019 in Blog |

Tomorrow 100 Year 5 and 6 pupils from schools across Cornwall will be waking up, getting ready and coming to Nexus to compete against their peers, learn new things and revel in their enjoyment of Mathematics in the inaugural Cornish Schools Maths Olympiad for Primary schools. The Maths team at CSIA and Nexus have been working hard to prepare for the event with workshops written, the competition questions finalised, pencils sharpened and trophies polished to a gleaming shine. We are so excited for the day and cannot wait to welcome the teams. Good luck to all competitors. We’ll be updating our Facebook page throughout the day, so follow us there to keep up with the...

Royal Institution teams up with Nexus with one week to go to the Cornish Schools Maths Olympiad

By on Jan 22, 2019 in Blog |

We are excited to announce that, as we enter the final week before the very first Cornish Schools Maths Olympiad, Ms. Alison Eves from the Royal Institute will be joining forces with Nexus and CSIA staff to help deliver the mathematical workshops as part of the Olympiad. The Royal Institution has a long history of promoting excellence in the fields of Mathematics and Science since it began in the 1700s. It is this passion for Mathematics and inspiring young minds that makes this collaboration so exciting and we are delighted that they are able to join us for this celebration of young Cornish Mathematicians and the Mathematics they are so fanatical about. The very final details of the day, including parking and timings, have been emailed out to attending Primary schools. We look forward to welcoming all of the students attending on...

The Hall for Cornwall comes to Nexus

By on Jan 22, 2019 in Blog |

On Friday 18th January, 7PPE were given an exciting opportunity to learn about characterisation from an actor and director from The Hall for Cornwall. As part of our study of A Christmas Carol, the class took part in a drama workshop where they learned to apply dramatic techniques when exploring character and viewpoint in the novel. The class discussed their recent trip to watch the highly acclaimed screening of Simon Callow’s one-man reading of the cherished tale and were able to adopt some of the techniques he used when creating the colourful characters in A Christmas Carol. It was a unique occasion to respond practically to the text and explore Dickens’ viewpoint in a different way. Students embraced the workshop and there was some promising acting on display. It was a fabulous and creative way to spend a Friday morning and to benefit from the experience of some lively and...

Nexus begins the quest for a Poet Laureate

By on Jan 16, 2019 in Blog |

We are delighted to announce that our search for the Nexus Poet Laureate has commenced. Students have been invited to put pen to paper and craft a poem about the local area or an aspect of Cornish history in a bid to become CSIA’s first Poet Laureate. The successful wordsmith will work with a member of the Sixth Form to write about significant school occasions, national events and notable matters of cultural and social importance. This is a great opportunity for students to make their voices heard and express ideas in this most powerful and distilled mode of writing. Students wishing to be considered for this exciting and creative role can submit their poem to Dr McGovern by Wednesday 6th February. The name of our first ever Poet Laureate will be revealed on Wednesday 13th February. Good luck to our prospective poets – we look forward to being inspired by your...

Mining for a Greener Future with Dr Holly Elliot

By on Jan 15, 2019 in Blog |

Yesterday we were delighted to host Dr Holly Elliot from the University of Exeter at Nexus for a lecture on how efforts to improve the ecological impact of mining on the environment have led to massive changes in the way exhausted mines are shut down. Holly shared her work on planning how mines can be reclaimed by the environment once the metal ores have been extracted. She gave a number of examples of situations where the local habitats and environments were actually improved by the reclamation of the area after a mine had been built. The audience were very engaged and there were lots of questions for Holly to answer. She was very impressed with the Nexus students and we would like to thank her for her time and effort in giving our first academic lecture of 2019. If you would like more details about the remaining lectures this year, please visit our lecture...

STEM Learning to work with Nexus

By on Jan 11, 2019 in Blog |

Yesterday we were delighted to host a visit from Will Rogers, the Regional Network Lead from STEM Learning, the UK provider of education and careers support in STEM. STEM Learning is supported by a the Government, charitable trusts and employers, and is dedicated to raising young people’s engagement and achievement in STEM subjects and careers. As a result of the remarkable work going on at Camborne Science and International Academy, STEM Learning are looking to see what lessons can be learnt so that students across the UK can benefit from the aspects of our programme that makes Nexus so successful. Will was blown away by the quantity and quality of opportunities to engage in the STEM field, both inside and outside the classroom at Nexus and CSIA more widely. We are looking forward to working closely with STEM Learning to share our expertise with teachers and leaders from other schools...

Dates Announced for Year 4 and 5 STEM Easter Camp 2019

By on Jan 9, 2019 in Blog |

Following the huge success of last year’s Year 5 STEM Camp, we will be running a Year 4 & 5 STEM Easter camp for the 2018/2019 academic year. The camp will run at our Nexus Campus over the Easter Holidays from Monday 8th April – Wednesday 10th April 2019 inclusive and will be open to both boys and girls currently in Year 4 or 5.  The camp will start at 9.30am daily and finish at 3.30pm.  On the final day of the camp parents will be able to join us for a presentation at 2.15pm. We are planning a really exciting programme of experiments and experiences for the children who attend this camp. From 3D printing, Coding Challenges and Escape Rooms, we’ve got everything here to keep your science-mad child entertained! The cost of the camp will be £70 for the full three days.  Unfortunately we are unable to accept bookings for individual days.  Refunds will only be given in exceptional...

Cornish Schools Maths Olympiad less than 3 weeks away!

By on Jan 9, 2019 in Blog |

As Friday 25th January rapidly approaches the final preparations for the Cornish Schools Maths Olympiad have taken place and full details of the day are heading out to attendees this week. There are only a few spaces remaining for the Olympiad which are still open to schools from around Cornwall but now also open to those schools who would like to send a second team. For more information please contact As a taster here is another teaser...

CSMS Students Shine at Asia-Pacific Conference for Young Scientists

By on Jan 9, 2019 in Blog |

In December, CSIA were invited to take part in the 7th Asia Pacific Conference for Young Scientists (APCYS) and 2nd Invitational Science Fair (ISF) hosted by Kamnoetvidya Science Academy (KVIS) Thailand. A school that we have developed close links with through our International programme. KVIS is a full boarding School that offers a specialised STEM curriculum for high ability students on three year scholarship programmes. It is situated within a Research and Education Park, comprising of VISTEC Research University and the Wang Chan Forest project. Two students from CSMS (Alfie B and Sarah P) were selected to attend this prestigious event and were required to complete a research project that would be presented during the conference to a series of professors, external specialists and peers. As part of the CSMS programme and in collaboration with Dr Gower, the students have been...

Entry to Nexus Gifted Programmes for September 2019

By on Jan 8, 2019 in Blog |

If you have a Y6 child who will be sitting the Nexus Assessment for September 2019 entry to the Gifted Programme, then as you pin your new 2019 calendar to your kitchen wall, make sure you pencil this date in!  The Nexus Assessment will take place on Saturday 23rd March at the CSIA main campus, with Interviews held on 26th and 26th April. Full information about the assessment can be found here, but to register your interest in the Nexus Assessment at this stage, please contact An information letter about the Assessment will be sent out with the CSIA Welcome Pack at the start of...

Welcome back to Nexus!

By on Jan 7, 2019 in Blog |

It was dark outside but light in our hearts as we arrived back at Nexus this morning. With such a lot to look forward to this term we’ve hit the ground running with our new co-curricular activities. This term we’re adding to the after-school enrichment offer with a number of exciting new experiences for the students. As well as firm favourites like the Escape Room, Mandarin, the Greenpower Car and the Lecture series, students can also get involved in Debating, have a Court Room Experience or learn how to make and operate an Amateur Radio. We’re also offering Advanced 3D Printing for those who want to take their CAD/CAM skills one step further. As well as all the opportunities after school, we have a number of big events coming up in the Nexus Calendar. The Cornwall Maths Olympiad will be held on the Nexus Campus on 25th January. Teams of talented Year 5 and 6...

Term Draws to a Close With A Flourish At Nexus

By on Dec 18, 2018 in Blog |

The last day of term is tomorrow, Wednesday 19th December, and all students will be on main campus for activities with their Tutor groups. What a term it’s been! Well done in particular to all our Nexus 7 students, who, alongside settling into their new school this term, performed so brilliantly in the Showcase last week. As promised, here are some pictures of our brilliant students and also pictures of our Nexus Prizewinners. Have a wonderful Christmas and a relaxing New Year, with best wishes from all the staff and students at Nexus. 7PPE Award Winners 7STEM Award Winners 8STEM Award Winners 9STEM Award Winners...

Nexus Students Receive Awards to Celebrate Success this Term

By on Dec 13, 2018 in Blog |

Last night we celebrated the successes of our Nexus students by awarding our prestigious Academic, Values and Star awards to deserving members of each year group. Official photos will be released soon. Nexus Academic Awards This award is based on academic performance this term. Students in receipt of this award make the most of their talents, working hard and always doing their best. Award Winners: Nexus 10: Joe Lessiter Nexus 9: James Belshaw Nexus 8: Ben McGuire Nexus 7 PPE: Josie Welch Nexus 7 STEM: Isabel Danson Nexus Values Awards These students consistently show the Nexus Values in all that they do; expecting the best of themselves, taking responsibility for their own actions; being proactive in their learning; being productive and persisting when things are difficult. Award Winners: Nexus 10: Erin Williams Nexus 9: George Bolt Nexus 8: Ruby McAlpine Nexus 7 PPE: Jacob Necke...

Nexus Year 7 Showcase a Huge Success

By on Dec 13, 2018 in Blog |

The annual Nexus 7 Christmas Showcase was a rip-roaring success last night with students from both the PPE and STEM Programmes coming together to present some of the amazing things they have learnt about this year. We had presentations on topics as diverse as the Nexus Greenpower car to the unpredictability of earthquakes from Nexus STEM students while the Nexus PPE students presented on topics such as the poetry of World War One and the importance of stories to the development of human culture. The students have worked exceptionally hard this term: settling into a new school, making new friends, finding their way around two campuses, and getting to grips with secondary school subjects. On top of this they have thrown themselves into the Nexus Co-curricular programme with activities ranging from Mandarin to 3D Printing, and from Drone Programming to Bookworms (our reading club). The...

A Christmas Carol For Nexus PPE

By on Dec 11, 2018 in Blog |

Nexus PPE students had the exciting opportunity to watch a live screening of A Christmas Carol as part of their English study on viewpoint in Dickens’ writing.  Based on Charles Dickens’ own performance adaptation, Simon Callow and director Tom Cairns created a one-man theatrical extravaganza of festive storytelling. It was both heartwarming and deeply moving. The students also heard a fascinating Q&A session with Dame Rosemary Squire DBE, and Hall For Cornwall’s CEO & Creative Director, Julien Boast in which the messages and themes of the novel were discussed. It was clear that Dickens’ special message still resonates today; that if we can be kind to each other at Christmas we should be kind to each other all the time. It also speaks to us of the importance of Christmas not just for having fun, but thinking of others. In the words of Tiny Tim “A Merry Christmas to us...

Nexus Students Learn About Disaster Relief Efforts

By on Dec 10, 2018 in Blog |

Nexus and CSMS students were given an inspirational lecture today by Tom Henderson, an expert in disaster relief with decades of experience in zones of natural and man-made disaster. Our students gained an insight into how living conditions for the displaced population can change radically from the initial post-crisis phase to the long term redevelopment phase. Mr Henderson explained how aid agencies work to establish emergency shelters for people caught in disaster zones before moving through a number of development stages using natural resources to build transitional shelters before national infrastructure can be rebuilt. The lecture was a fascinating insight into disaster relief efforts and we are very grateful to Tom for giving up his time today.  

Christmas Chemical Mix-Up at Super Saturday!

By on Dec 8, 2018 in Blog |

It was a Super Saturday at Nexus today, with a classful of Year 5 students enjoying a Chemistry workshop. A naughty elf had mixed up Mrs Claus’ cookie mixes and the children had to sort them out, as Santa can’t leave on Christmas Eve without first having his special Christmas biscuits. The investigation involved firstly achieving the coveted Bunsen burner licence, then testing five different white powders using flame tests, iodine, Benedicts’ solution and acetic acid.   At break time, lots of the children enjoyed a game of chess in the dining room at Nexus. Well done to all the groups, who worked out which was Mrs Claus’s real cookie mix. Christmas is...