Dr Foster Appointed to Royal Society Education Committee

By on Mar 5, 2019 in Blog |

Dr Jo Foster, Director of Nexus, has been approached by the Royal Society to sit on their prestigious Education Committee. The Royal Society was founded in 1660 and is the independent scientific academy of the UK, dedicated to promoting excellence in Science. In her role, Dr Foster will help to shape the national STEM education landscape, using her extensive experience of working in schools to encourage innovation in approaches to encourage more children, especially girls, to take on STEM subjects at University and beyond. The Royal Society supports schools in a number of ways, for example by providing partnership grants, supplying resources and activities, carrying out education research and promulgating best practice. The Royal Society also engages with local schools and colleges via the Royal Society Schools Network. Dr Foster’s inclusion on the Education Committee gives...

Congratulations to children joining CSIA in September!

By on Mar 1, 2019 in Blog |

Today’s the day when parents across Cornwall discover whether their child has a place at the school of their choice. We have received a huge number of enquiries from parents of children with a place at CSIA who are interested in applying for the Gifted Programmes at Nexus. We will very shortly be sending out a pack with information about how to apply for the Nexus admissions testing day on Saturday 23rd March. If your child has a place at CSIA and you would like to pre-register your interest in your child sitting the Nexus assessment, please email our administrator on For any further information about the assessment day and subsequent interviews, please visit our Admission pages.

Ben’s back in front of the cameras today for another challenge

By on Feb 28, 2019 in Blog |

We’ve all been watching Child Genius and rooting for Ben as he pits his wits alongside the cleverest children in the country on the Channel 4 show. Ben was back in front of the cameras this afternoon after being challenged to some friendly competition by Johnny Rutherford, BBC Spotlight reporter. Johnny visited Ben at the Nexus campus and interviewed him about his experiences during the recording of Child Genius, and asked him for tips to help other able learners. Johnny then pitted himself against Ben in a series of challenges – but if you want to see the outcome you will need to watch BBC Spotlight at 6pm this evening. Also listen out on BBC radio news for interviews with Ben, and tune in to Channel 4 at 8pm as Ben tackles the science round of the Child Genius competition....

Mock Trial Competition Team Meet a Magistrate

By on Feb 27, 2019 in Blog |

Yesterday, Nexus was pleased to welcome special visitor and local magistrate, John Aldred.  John came to visit students participating in the national Mock Trial competition, which gives students the opportunity to demonstrate and practise their skills in communication, evaluating evidence and making a persuasive argument.  It also gives them a unique insight into the ‘courtroom experience’ and the opportunity to learn more about our legal system. Students enjoyed questioning John about his motivation to become a magistrate, his experiences so far, and some of the rewards and challenges of the role.  John was very impressed by our students, commenting on how polite, intelligent, confident and articulate they were.  He praised students for the way they identified key pieces of evidence and used them to make effective arguments.  The students gained a huge amount from John’s experience...

Biochemistry in Action: Dr Nisbet Talks Corals and Malaria

By on Feb 25, 2019 in Blog |

Dr Ellen Nisbet has travelled down from Downing College at the University of Cambridge to deliver an academic lecture on her area of research; Biochemistry. Dr Nisbet explored the biochemistry of the oceans with our students, including the impact of changes in the ocean chemistry on fragile ecosystems such as coral reefs. The students were captivated as she explained how her research has taken her around the world to investigate these precious environments first hand. Dr Nisbet also explored the role that Biochemistry can play in understanding and combating the spread of malaria and answered questions from the audience about how to get into a career in and biochemical research. We would like to extend a sincere thanks to Dr Nisbet for taking the time to visit us here at Nexus – our students gained a lot out of her visit and we are very grateful for her...

Courtroom drama unfolds as students prepare for Mock Trial

By on Feb 25, 2019 in Blog |

Nexus students in the PPE strand of the programme have been honing their courtroom skills as they prepare for the Mock Trial Competition, which takes place in March. The students have been preparing witness statements and cross examining witnesses; skills which will be essential as they take their case to the Mock Court and are judged on their performance. Tomorrow we are lucky enough to have a Magistrate visiting Nexus to advise the students on technique and to give them valuable insight into the workings of a real courtroom. Watch this space as the case...

Industry engagement for the Escape Room planners

By on Feb 25, 2019 in Blog |

The students planning the Nexus Escape Room were joined this evening at Nexus for the Escape Room co-curricular session by Mr. Rob Kellow, Managing Director of RG Kellow Ltd, an important and growing Cornish construction company. Industry engagement is so important to us here at Nexus as it allows the students to make links between the knowledge and skills they are learning and how these can be applied to the world of work. The students are using their skills in creativity, 3D design and printing and design technology to design and build an escape room based on the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. RG Kellow are generously supporting the project with construction skills, advice and support for the build. Can’t wait to see the finished product, which we hope will be in operation by the end of the year. Many thanks to Rob Kellow for his enthusiasm and engagement in the project.  ...

See Ben from Nexus on Channel 4’s Child Genius this week

By on Feb 25, 2019 in Blog |

Ben, one of the students from Nexus, the specialist programme for the most able at Camborne Science and International Academy, appears on the Channel 4 hit TV show Child Genius, being aired this week. All of us here at Nexus and CSIA will be cheering him on as he competes against the best and brightest in the country. The first show is tonight at 8pm and every night this week with the final on Saturday. For all media enquiries please contact Mrs. Emma Haase:...

Future Medics Trained by Peninsula Medical School

By on Feb 13, 2019 in Blog |

Today at Nexus, a group of prospective doctors attended a workshop delivered by trainee doctors from the Peninsula Medical School. The students were taught the basics of emergency management of patients, including the immediate remedial measures to take if someone starts to choke. The medical school hopefuls were also introduced to the steps they should take if they were to come across an unresponsive patient. The workshop concluded with the students learning CPR using resuscitation dummies. The session was great fun and the future medics all had the opportunity to ask questions of the trainees and left with a much clearer idea of what steps to take on their journey towards medicine....

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...