Staff from NRICH are working with the Cambridge Admissions Office, Mathematics Faculty and Cambridge colleges to run the 2012 Cambridge STEP Easter School this week (2 - 6 April).

STEP (Sixth Term Examination paper) is an additional examination which normally forms part of a conditional offer to read Mathematics at Cambridge. The Cambridge STEP Easter School offers support to applicants who have received a conditional offer to read mathematics at the University and who attend non-selective state schools which have little experience of STEP preparation.

Over 70 Year 13 school students holding conditional offers, nominated for the course by their Cambridge colleges, are taking part in the intensive 5-day residential study school. Led by Dr Stephen Hewson and Alison Kiddle from our NRICH team, with support from Cambridge undergraduate mentors, the students are engaging in problem-solving workshops developing their advanced mathematical thinking and preparing for the STEP examination. Focused online support and tuition is also offered to the applicants both before and after the residential course.

More information about STEP can be found on the Mathematics Faculty website. Our free AskNRICH discussion boards, supported by volunteer Cambridge maths students, also offer online help for all students taking STEP, regardless of which university they are applying to. While the STEP Easter School is only open to nominated participants holding conditional offers to study at Cambridge, the University also runs free subject-specific residential summer schools for Year 12 students, as well as a huge range of other access, widening participation and outreach events and programmes: for more information please see the Cambridge Admissions Office website.