Week-long residential events for young mathematicians

Our National Mathematics Summer Schools are designed for young people with an interest in mathematics. They aim to promote mathematical thinking and provide an opportunity for participants to meet other students and adults who enjoy mathematics.

Students at a National Mathematics Summer School
Students at a National Mathematics Summer School

At each summer school, 48 students take part in demanding and stimulating sessions, led by experienced and dedicated volunteers. They are supported by a group of senior students who have previously attended a summer school. Time is set aside to allow students to work together informally on problems and to socialise.

Summer Schools in 2019

Four summer schools took place, from mid July to mid August 2019.

Summer Schools in 2020

We will start sending invitations to selected students through their schools in March 2020. We will run four summer schools in July and August 2020. 

How are students selected?

Students in Years 10 or 11 (England and Wales), S3 or S4 (Scotland) and Years 11 or 12 (Northern Ireland) who are among the top 1.5% of scorers in the Intermediate Mathematical Challenge are selected by lottery and invited to attend one of the summer schools. Students must be aged 14-16 years at the time of the event. We send invitations to students through their schools in March.

We ensure that half of all summer school students are girls and aim to have 80% of students coming from state schools.

Only one student per school may be invited and only students resident in the UK are eligible. To ensure access is as wide as possible, schools will not be invited to send students two years running.

What happens at a summer school?

No two days are the same but the following is an example from a recent summer school timetable.

  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 09:00 Whole group session on geometry
  • 10:30 Break
  • 11:00 Workshop on writing mathematics
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 14:00 Small group session on the pigeonhole principle
  • 15:30 Break
  • 16:00 Small group session on modelling a zombie apocalypse
  • 17:30 Dinner and relaxation
  • 19:00 Talent Show organized by students

Feedback from participants

"Don't be nervous about spending a week with people you don't know, it's a brilliant experience."

"It is an amazing opportunity to stretch yourself. The teaching is high quality, the staff very supportive, and the maths most challenging. A real taster into a future in mathematics."

"You've got to go! You'll have a fantastic time, meeting like-minded people who enjoy maths, and it's a very special opportunity!"

"You'll have a great time and meet loads of interesting people. They all say you'll make good friends and you really will! You're in for a treat."

Can you help us?

If you or someone you know has benefited from our activities then please consider making a donation.

Find out more about volunteering with us.