Emailed to parents of invited students in Year 10 22/06/22

Year 10 Maths Enrichment Trip: Thursday 30 June 2022 – University of Essex

Your child has been chosen to participate in a Maths enrichment day in University of Essex in Colchester on Thursday 30 June 2022.

The purpose of the visit is for invited students to enjoy a day of stimulating mathematical talks and activities designed to help them see the usefulness and fun of maths beyond the curriculum. It will provide information about maths courses available and will hopefully encourage students to consider choosing maths A level or core maths at post-16.

Here is the itinerary for the day:

08:25               Students arrive at school and report to me in the food hall for registration

08:20 – 08:30 Depart by academy minibus with me and Mr Pashler

09:15 – 09:45   Arrival and registration at the venue

09:45 – 10:15   Opening talk – Why Study Maths?

10:15 – 11:15   Last One Standing:  The Josephus Problem  – Dr Joe Bailey

11:30 – 12:15   Mathematical Origami – Dr Alastair Litterick

12:15 – 13:45   Lunch and tour around the whole university

and an opportunity to meet current undergraduates

and find out about student life

13:45 – 14:45   Maths in the Fourth Dimension  – Alex Partner 

(Postgraduate mathematician)

15:00               Depart for return journey to school

15:30               Approximate arrival back at school

Students will need to wear academy uniform and bring a packed lunch. Jumpers are not required as warm weather rules apply this term. This is a free trip there will be no cost to parents.

We will be travelling by minibus, departing the academy promptly at 08:20. We anticipate arriving back at the academy at approximately 15:30 subject to traffic from Colchester.  You will need to collect your child at this time unless they are able to make their own way home. On the day, students will need to arrive at school for 08:20 and report to me in the food hall for registration purposes and confirmation of trip expectations and safety advice.

We will be carrying a first aid kit and at least one member of staff accompanying the visit is a qualified first aider. Any student who would normally receive a free school meal will be provided with a packed lunch (sandwich, drink, cookie biscuit) on the day provided this is pre-ordered on the parental consent form. This visit is fully covered by the academy’s insurance policy (ZURICH Insurance).

I hope that your child will join us on this unique opportunity for students. Please give parental consent for them to be out of school via our online MS Form – please follow the link below:

If you have any questions with regards to the trip, please do not hesitate to contact me at school by email and I will respond as soon as I can.


Miss Catherine Hopper

Lead Practitioner Maths


Attendance/Absence queries to:  or 01473 466145
Complaints to: or 01473 466136

Exam queries to: or 01473 466108
General queries to: or 01473 742315

Safeguarding concerns to: or 01473 466156

School Money and data information queries to: or 01473 466115

VISION & VALUES: Westbourne is an inclusive academy. We support all students, regardless of starting point, to achieve their potential and develop the skills necessary for employment and life.