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Lancaster University School of Mathematics, as part of the Rigby Education Trust, with Lancaster University and Cardinal Newman College, will open in September 2022 in Preston. It will recruit the brightest and most talented maths pupils from across Lancashire, whatever their background, and bring them into an inclusive community of other exceptional pupils.

Specialist Maths Schools are supported by the Department for Education (DfE) and have an extensive outreach programme to support maths education in surrounding schools and to widen participation for mathematically able students from disadvantaged backgrounds to fulfil their potential.

Why are we different?

For some school pupils, being naturally gifted in maths and science subjects can set them apart for the wrong reasons. A specialist Maths School brings together these talented individuals and creates a vibrant community where they are actively encouraged to explore the subjects they love. The curriculum is extended beyond the standard Maths A-level to provide a stretching and inspiring education delivered by the Maths School staff, members of Lancaster University and Cardinal Newman College.

Frequently asked questions

What is a Maths School?

They are new specialist schools for the most mathematically able year 12 and 13 students from all backgrounds. Lancaster University School of Mathematics, part of the Rigby Education Trust, is a collaboration between two outstanding providers, Lancaster University and Cardinal Newman College and will be based in Preston. All students at Maths Schools study Mathematics and Further Mathematics at A-level with options of Chemistry, Physics and Computer Science and other A-levels. It will provide a stretching and challenging programme, where mathematicians can thrive in an inclusive community and be supported to progress to the most selective universities. Maths Schools have an extensive outreach programme to support maths education in surrounding schools and to support mathematically able students from disadvantaged backgrounds to fulfil their potential.

How will it be different?

Lancaster University School of Mathematics will create an inclusive community where an increasing number of the most able mathematicians from all backgrounds will be supported to thrive.

All students will specialise in Maths and Further Maths. They will also be able to study a third and fourth A-level taught at LUSoM or Cardinal Newman College.

There will be an extensive programme of maths-based extension and enrichment activities, alongside other non-academic enrichment offered in partnership with Cardinal Newman College. Students will be guided towards progressing onto degree courses within a maths or STEM-related subject area and there will be a wide programme of residentials and specialist events.

Students who attend and successfully complete their studies at Lancaster University School of Mathematics will be guaranteed an offer for nominated degree programmes at Lancaster University, provided they meet the entry requirements.

Where will it be located?

The Maths School will be located on London Road in Preston city centre, close to Cardinal Newman College and a short walk from the bus station.

How will it target disadvantaged groups?

Staff at LUSoM will work with surrounding schools to identify and target more able maths students from under-represented groups and areas, in order to encourage them to continue their maths studies at the Maths School. A programme of outreach activities will raise awareness of opportunities available at the LUSoM and will help support and prepare potential students for further study.

When will we have artists impressions of the Maths School?

Designs for the Maths School will be available in 2021.

How many students will there be?

At full capacity there will be 260 students with an intake at Year 12 of 130 students.

When will the first cohort start?

The first cohort will start in September 2022 in a brand new building.

How do students apply?

The School will be open to applications in Autumn 2021. In the meantime, you can register your interest at the link below.

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What courses are on offer?

All students at Lancaster University School of Mathematics will study A-level Maths, Further Maths, and at least one other A-level subject including Chemistry, Physics and Computer Science. It is expected that a typical Maths School student will undertake a programme of four A-levels or equivalent, which will include the LUSoM Award.

What is the catchment area?

As with all post-16 provision, Lancaster University School of Mathematics will not have a designated catchment area. It is anticipated that students from Preston, Central Lancashire and wider surrounding areas will attend the Maths School.

How much will it cost to attend?

As with other 16-19 provision there are no tuition fees to attend Lancaster University School of Mathematics. Bursaries will be available to eligible students.