Nexus

Testimonials from parents and carers

We pride ourselves on excellent pastoral care and good communication between home and school.

 

We recently asked parents of current Nexus 7 and Nexus 8 students for feedback about Nexus, and these are the questions and some of the responses we received.

 

What are your impressions of Nexus and the Gifted STEM Programme?

 

My son is now is able to keep up with his thirst for knowledge, it is a great learning environment. The teachers show their enjoyment at having such an enthusiastic student.

Parent of Nexus 7 student

We find the Gifted STEM programme is keeping our son engaged in his work and  enthusiastic about the subjects covered. He assures us that the environment is always fun and that he feels he is treated “More like a grown up” at Nexus and he enjoys the atmosphere.

Parent of Nexus 7 student

Excited for the future, the possibilities seem endless.

Parent of Nexus 7 student

It is very well organised. The staff are amazing and very caring. We thought it was a fantastic opportunity and so far it has more than lived up to our expectations.

Parent of Nexus 7 student

I am very impressed. From my first dealings with CSIA (but especially Nexus) I have been very pleased with the professional approach to parents, students and study.

Parent of Nexus 7 student

It has been really good to see his excitement when arriving home and sharing what he has learned at Nexus.

Parent of Nexus 7 student

So far, brilliant!

Parent of Nexus 8 student

Great, she seems very happy and settled.

Parent of Nexus 8 student

Very good impression overall. The range of activities he has been able to do is amazing and the co-curricular programme is imaginatively put together.

Parent of Nexus 8 student

Well organised, challenging, fun!

Parent of Nexus 8 student

The Gifted STEM programme has opened up a world of opportunities he would not otherwise have had giving him an amazing start to his second year at CSIA.

Parent of Nexus 8 student

Would you recommend the Gifted STEM programme to other parents?

Definitely yes!

Parent of Nexus 7 student

We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the programme to other parents if they believe their child shows a natural aptitude for, and would benefit from additional stimulation in technical subjects plus would take advantage of the extracurricular activities.

Parent of Nexus 7 student

If your child is academically minded and has clear visions of what they want out of life then yes!

Parent of Nexus 7 student

Yes, with bells on! It really is an amazing opportunity that is not available elsewhere, particularly locally.

Parent of Nexus 7 student

Yes definitely.  I was not sure whether we were taking on too much with extra hours at Nexus and I was a little concerned about pressure on my daughter, however I need not have worried and she finds the learning environment very encouraging.

Parent of Nexus 7 student

Yes I would because it’s a great opportunity to develop the children’s interests and gifts.

Parent of Nexus 7 student

Yes – the opportunities at Nexus are not normally available to students in Cornwall.

Parent of Nexus 8 student

I would recommend the programme, main reason is that my daughter loves it and has remained happy at school. Sounds like a lovely learning environment with like minded people.

Parent of Nexus 8 student

Yes I already have been! Because I think the opportunity if affords for gifted children to be stretched is unparalleled.

Parent of Nexus 8 student

I would have no hesitation at recommending Nexus as it is an amazing programme which is not currently available anywhere else in the country!!

Parent of Nexus 8 student

Yes it is an opportunity for students to have advanced education and to progress in their studies.

Parent of Nexus 8 student

Yes, the programme at Nexus is an amazing opportunity to stretch and develop in areas where they have a natural talent in addition to great extra curricular options.

Parent of Nexus 8 student

For a child with a passion for STEM subjects – taught by passionate people,  this makes the difference!

Parent of Nexus 7 student

Is your child enjoying the opportunities that the Gifted STEM programme offers? Is there anything in particular that you feel they would not have access to anywhere else?

Our son is particularly enjoying the opportunities to study Astronomy and Mandarin (hopefully to GSCE level) – both are subjects we have not seen available in other secondary /academy environments. He also appreciates the chance to do his homework in a learning environment with other like -minded individuals on the evenings where he is not part of the extracurricular sessions. We feel that exposure to research and project skills at such a young age will be tremendously advantageous for him.

Parent of Nexus 7 student

She cannot wait to get into school each day. She enjoys the Nexus lessons and they seem to be very interesting. At Nexus (as well as the extracurricular lessons) they seem to be treated as more mature and she is responding really well to this.

Parent of Nexus 7 student

There are lots of examples of unique opportunities such as Astronomy and Mandarin, but for us the biggest is the extremely small class size of equally able children. Finally someone is catering for the more able child!

Parent of Nexus 8 student

Yes. Microbits possibly. Also the small class sizes on the ‘Nexus days’ are amazing, what an opportunity! She obviously feels comfortable with the teachers too as I know that on occasions she has asked for extra help when she didn’t understand.

Parent of Nexus 7 student

Yes he is very excited with all the opportunities and the different activities available.

Parent of Nexus 7 student

The wide range of activities and learning opportunities including languages and our solar system. Meet more peers on the same wavelength when it comes to learning.

Parent of Nexus 8 student

He has particularly been enjoying Mandarin, which really surprised him!

Parent of Nexus 8 student

My son is loving being at Nexus! Outside of Nexus he would not have had access to the high level teachers, lecturers and specialists in their field. He is particularly enjoying the science experiments, micro bits and Astronomy.

Parent of Nexus 8 student

He’s really enjoying all his subjects – astronomy would not be available in most schools – He’s loving the detail of doing science and computing at a high level.

Parent of Nexus 8 student

Is there anything else you would like to say about the Gifted STEM Programme?

My son had previously felt very isolated socially and frustrated educationally in primary school. There were no other children he could share his love of science with and was often teased because of this we were having to supplement his education at home as best we could but now it’s like he’s found his tribe! He’s blossomed and is thriving at Nexus and the main site too.

Parent of Nexus 7 student

At every point of contact we have been impressed by the leadership at Nexus – particularly with the clarity of vision and the passion with that vision is executed. Nexus and the programme are an excellent way to stretch the more able in an environment appropriate to maintaining a level head, and devised such as access to a cup of tea at strategic points of the day, or interacting with Lola are great ways to ensure emotional comfort levels are maintained.

Parent of Nexus 7 student

Apart from “Thank you”! For the opportunity which we truly believe will be life changing, you are giving out child the courage to believe in herself and that she really can achieve her dreams. You are allowing them to mature in an appropriate environment. Nothing appears to be too much trouble at Nexus.

Parent of Nexus 7 student

It really is a golden opportunity which we were aware of following the open evenings; Y5/6 sessions published literature etc. What has astounded us is the superb level of pastoral care shown.

Parent of Nexus 7 student

I love the fact that my daughter is mixing with students from other year groups (Yr8 & VI). She has told me how a VI Form student helped her and that they had a really good time working together. Where else would she get that?

Parent of Nexus 7 student

It is an amazing opportunity not everyone has been lucky enough to be given. We have told our daughter to grab it with both hands and run with it. Work hard and gain lots in the next 6 years!

Parent of Nexus 8 student

I am a staunch defender of the right of children to be educated to the optimum level of their own ability. I am incredibly grateful that he is being given the opportunity to reach an optimum level of education for his ability. Thank you for this.

Parent of Nexus 8 student

The Gifted STEM Programme is a fantastic opportunity for youngsters giving them an amazing foundation to build upon in the future.

Parent of Nexus 8 student

 

We are so happy with this choice and can’t speak highly enough of all the staff that have helped my son’s transition.

Parent of Nexus 7 student

Open evening for prospective students on the Gifted STEM programme

Open evening for prospective students on the Gifted STEM programme