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Dr. Jo Foster BSc. (Hons.); D.Phil (York) (NASENCO)

Director of Nexus

Dr. Foster is Vice Principal at Camborne Science and International Academy and the Director of Nexus. She has previously held roles as Head of Science, Assistant Headteacher and SENCO. She was a Teaching and Learning Consultant in Science for Cornwall Council, and has led the Oxbridge-Cornwall Hub and the Triple Science Support Hub. She is currently leading Nexus as a Centre for Excellence in education for the most able and an IRIS Partner School.

Dr. Foster’s background is in Biology; her Doctorate was awarded for her work with the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food on Maximising Biodiversity in Woodlands planted through the Farm Woodland Scheme. Conclusions from her work have been used in national guidance to farmers and landowners to increase the biodiversity in the British landscape.

Dr. Foster is the author of a number of publications. These include Triple Science teaching guidance for the Learning and Skills Support Network; the 21st Century Science textbook for Harper Collins and e-resources for Pearson. She has written a book for the Association of Science Education about the Effective use of Teaching Assistants in Science. She was co-author of the National Strategies e-guide to supporting Gifted and Talented students in Science. Most recently she has written one of the guides for effective delivery of Triple Science for STEM Learning. She has delivered at numerous conferences across the UK and in Ireland on Science teaching and supporting the Most Able. Dr. Foster is an Advisory Teacher for Engineering UK, and a Trustee for the Institute for Research in Schools (IRIS).


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Mr. Dan Chapman MA (Cantab.)

Deputy Director, Gifted STEM Programme.

Mr Chapman is a Lead Practitioner in Science at Camborne Science and International Academy and the Deputy Director of the Gifted STEM Programme. He also leads the Nexus VI Programme. He has previously held roles as Deputy Curriculum Leader of Science and Gifted and Talented Coordinator.

Mr Chapman studied Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge and specialised in Geophysics; his dissertation was on outer-rise earthquakes which occur as a result of stresses within tectonic plates due to subduction. He also spent 6 weeks carrying out detailed geological mapping of an area of Los Tres Picos national park in Northern Spain. He has a particular interest in dinosaurs. Mr Chapman’s love of all things Physics is obvious to all and he has facilitated numerous school trips to CERN, the home of the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva.

In addition to teaching Physics, Mr Chapman is a qualified Moorland Leader and takes an active role in the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme.


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Dr. Nick Gower MSc. (Hons.); D.Phil (Bristol); MRSC

Science Teacher at Nexus

Dr. Gower is a science teacher at Camborne Science and International Academy. He joined CSIA in July 2016 after being  awarded a Royal Society of Chemistry Teacher Training Scholarship and completing his PGCE through the Cornwall SCITT program based at Truro and Penrice College. Dr. Gower is Head of Maori House at CSIA.

Dr Gower’s background is in organic chemistry and sustainable catalysis. He has worked in a number of international labs holding positions at the University of Kyoto, Japan, as a Research Fellow for the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science and as a postdoctoral researcher for Pfizer Pharmaceuticals in Rochester, New York.