A new specialist maths school is opening in Preston.Advertisement
The new school is a collaboration between two education providers, Lancaster University and Cardinal Newman College.
Lancaster University School of Mathematics will deliver Maths A-Level education to the most able students in Lancashire and the North West.
The school will be based in London Road close to the main campus at Cardinal Newman College and Preston Bus Station.
Up to 130 new students will be recruited each year.
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Cardinal Newman Principal, Nick Burnham, said: “We are thrilled with the progress of this joint initiative with Lancaster University.
“We want to be able to give North West students the best possible education and experiences and feel that Lancaster University School of Mathematics will provide a fantastic opportunity for mathematicians to thrive.”
Fixed cameras and specialist software will be installed so lessons can be live streamed and recorded for e-learning on online platforms.
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Head of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Lancaster University, Professor Alex Belton, said: “Lancaster University School of Mathematics will provide a tremendous opportunity for students from all backgrounds with a passion for maths.
“Great progress is being made, and we look forward to seeing our staff and students working with the School to support learning, enhance the curriculum and help bridge the gap between school and undergraduate-level study, whether at Lancaster or another top UK university.”
The government has pledged to provide £350,000 funding each year for new maths schools supported by the UK’s mathematics universities.
To build the new school a five-storey office building will need to be demolished beforehand.
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Plans show the new school will be four storeys in height and accommodate 260 pupils.
There are also 22 car parking spaces proposed, as well as 30 cycle spaces and one motorcycle space.
21 jobs will be created from the development.
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