SPECIALIST MATHEMATICIANS

Overview

Our Specialist Mathematics Scheme is designed for gifted mathematicians who want to be challenged. Pupils with an enthusiasm and passion for mathematics will enjoy being stretched through this scheme, which will ultimately enable them to fulfil their mathematical potential whilst experiencing a rounded education.

Talented mathematicians are encouraged to apply for a Mathematics Scholarship and join our established specialists, for entry at Years 7, 9, 10 or Lower Sixth. We may be able to provide means-tested financial assistance for you to join this scheme.

Benefits

As a specialist mathematician, you will be able to:

  • work with peers of similar ability
  • study a course that is appropriate and stimulating
  • follow a regular school curriculum and integrate socially with your peers in the normal way, whilst following an enrichment and extension course in mathematics
  • be trained and inspired by experienced mathematician mentors
  • create and maintain close links with universities, making use of personnel, modern technology, expertise and materials to provide a solid foundation at an appropriate level for further study of mathematics
  • be encouraged to remain within the field of mathematics and mathematics rich fields on graduation
  • fulfil your mathematical potential whilst experiencing a rounded curriculum.

Testimonials

The Director of General Qualification Development at AQA says,

“The AQA, the country’s largest awarding body, is delighted to support this scheme in the UK which seeks to provide for the needs of really talented young mathematicians and is looking forward to its involvement in master class delivery, prize donation and curriculum development.”

Professor Valerie Isham, President of the Royal Statistical Society adds,

“Stimulating the interest of school students in mathematics and statistics, and awakening them not only to the importance but also to the fascination of these subjects is essential for our future society. In particular, the shortage of young people entering the statistical profession is a major concern at present. It is especially welcome that, through the opportunities for bursaries, the scheme is open to all gifted young people. It is also likely that a scheme such as this will have a beneficial effect on pupils throughout the school whose standards and expectations will be raised.”

A leading employer says,

“As an employer, I see growing competition between businesses to attract high calibre, mathematically orientated graduates. The Wells scheme addresses a need to produce potential recruits with a balance of outstanding academic achievement and complementary social skills whose talents companies can nurture to develop future leaders in the fields of commerce and industry.”

Mathematics Scholarships

Our Mathematics Scholarships are awarded to pupils with truly exceptional mathematical ability and potential. Successful candidates take part in an enriching specialist mathematics programme that both extends and challenges them. Assessment will consist of a CAT4 paper and problem solving maths challenge. Candidates will participate in two interviews and a team challenge. Our Mathematics Scholarships are open to external pupils looking to join us in Years 7, 9, 10 and Lower Sixth. We also welcome applications from our current pupils who are progressing into Years 7, 9 and 12.

Most successful applicants will be awarded 10% of their day fees. We do award a finite number of scholarships worth up to 50% of day fees for truly exceptional candidates, which will be awarded solely at our discretion. Additional means-tested financial assistance also may be available. Please click here for details about our Scholarship Programme.

Pupils currently in Years 5 or 6 who are looking to join us in Year 7 are also strongly encouraged to attend one of our Be a Specialist Mathematician for a Day events. See below for details.

“My son is in Year 9 at Wells. He has been in the Specialist Maths group since Year 7, and I would thoroughly recommend it to those gifted in and interested in Maths. There is an excellent teaching team who really motivate the children and his Maths is now well beyond what would be expected in Year 9.”

“The group still participate in the life of the school, for example my son enjoys music groups, takes roles in drama productions and plays in sports matches. Wells really is a lovely school with so much to offer. The ‘Be a Mathematician’ days are the best way to see what is involved in the scheme and gain an insight into the school.”

Find out more

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our admissions team, and we would be happy to help. You can contact us on 01749 834 441 or [email protected].

Joanna Prestidge, Registrar

Be a Specialist Mathematician for a Day

Our Be a Specialist for a Day events (open to pupils currently in Years 5 and 6) form the basis of our Mathematics Scholarships for pupils going into Year 7 with truly exceptional mathematical ability and potential. Candidates enjoy a variety of activities as a taster of the kind of specialist classes that they would experience as part of the Specialist Mathematics scheme here at Wells.

Please register at least a week in advance if you wish to attend by using the form below.

Please note that pupils wishing to apply for a Mathematics Scholarships for another year of entry should click here for application details.

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