Finding the formula for young mathematicians in North East England

Students at Durham Sixth Form Centre

Students at Durham Sixth Form Centre

A new flagship Mathematics School is planned to open in 2022, which will help raise attainment in mathematics and other STEM subject across the North East. The only one of its kind in the region, the school will benefit talented students in County Durham, Tyne & Wear, Northumberland, Cleveland, the North Yorkshire Coast, and Cumbria.

We are working in partnership with Durham Sixth Form Centre, rated Outstanding by Ofsted to open the state-funded school.

Why do we need a Maths School in Durham?

The initiative is a response to the national skills-gap and the call to improve attainment, increase participation and raise aspiration in Mathematics and STEM subjects from A-Level onwards.

The North East’s vibrant tech sector is forecast to grow to £2.5bn by 2020 and will continue to offer bright futures for many young people in the region who have the right knowledge and skills. However, opportunities to study Mathematics at a higher level are currently unevenly distributed across the region. Our hope is that the Durham Mathematics School will improve opportunities for all, ensuring all young people have the option to pursue a career in STEM. Durham Mathematics School will catalyse improvements across the region, increasing applications from students to study Mathematics and other STEM subjects at university, pursue STEM related careers or just to nurture a passion and interest in the subject.

As well as providing specialist teaching for a select number of students, the school will also run outreach programmes across the region and professional development opportunities for maths teachers. It will help raise standards across the North East, attracting the brightest teachers to the region, and opening opportunities for many young people.

What will the school offer?

The school will offer A-Level courses in Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Computer Science and/or Physics, with students having the option to study a fourth subject at the Durham Sixth Form Centre.

The School will be close to Durham University and Durham Sixth Form Centre, which will offer a wealth of extra-curricular activities and other opportunities.

The School will also offer boarding for students who live too far away to commute every day.

So what’s next?

The initial business case has been approved by the Department of Education. We are now finalising plans and deciding on the site for the School.

Further project updates will be available on the Durham Mathematics School website.

We are launching a series of ambitious initiatives which will support access to Durham University for students in the North East, who are currently under-represented at top universities. You can find out a lot more about these plans in our new Access and Participation Plan.


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