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Norfolk Mathematics Symposium

In November 2018, Norwich School hosted the third Norfolk Mathematics Symposium. The event saw 18 schools from across East Anglia gather to hear from three influential speakers, as well as have the opportunity to ask questions.

The three speakers in attendance were, Paul Hammerton (UEA), Bobby Seagull (University of Cambridge) and Karen Page (Professor of Mathematical Biology at UCL).  

Aims

The maths symposium aims to further mathematical knowledge amongst Norfolk's talented young people. 

Background

Norwich School’s Head of Mathematics, Simon Kirby, was delighted with the interest in the event. "We were originally inspired by similar events that happen nationwide but are tricky to attend for all schools in this area - so we thought we could and should do something about this. All schools in our local area are invited to our symposium, where two eminent speakers give talks on how Mathematics is used and can be used in understanding our lives around us. Attendance is free and this year we had over 500 pupils from around Norfolk and Suffolk, from Sheringham to East Bergholt and Hunstanton to Lowestoft. It was clear to see that the pupils got so much from it, being able to meet and discuss material with the lecturers being a particular highlight. It is excellent and rewarding for us to see that the engagement and demand for events like this is there and we plan to offer the third event next year.”

Resources

Norwich School were organisers and hosts of the event, and also covered the costs of hiring the Open event venue in Norwich to enable the event to be offered to attendees free of charge. 

Impact

500 pupils attended from 18 schools across the county . 

Pupil Involvement

Pupils in years 10 ad 11 were in attendace, totalling 500 from 18 local secondary schools. 

Frequency

This has now become an annual event, which is very much built into the school's academic year.