The national i25 Awards celebrates 25 individuals who are making a remarkable contribution to independent schools and independent education. 

Shortlisted today in this coveted list is Kingsley’s Head of Mathematics, Mrs Christine Hamilton, who has been recognised for her work with the Royal Institution and bringing maths masterclasses to students across North Devon. 

Over the last two years, Mrs Hamilton has invited over 60 talented North Devon mathematicians from six local secondary schools to complete a series of Saturday morning Royal Institution Maths Masterclasses.  Students have attended these classes from Kingsley, Park School, Pilton School, Great Torrington School, Bideford College and Shebbear College.

This Masterclasses series of enrichment workshops have attracted enthusiastic speakers from Industry, Academia and Education. The classes have offered students in-depth investigations in topics outside of the school curriculum, combining theory with interactive exploration. The aim: to open the student’s eyes to the world of mathematics, allowing them to deeply explore a range of ideas and applications and hopefully to inspire them to continue their engagement in these areas.

Head of Mathematics at Kingsley School, Mrs Christine Hamilton said: “I am so delighted to learn the news that I have been shortlisted for a prestigious i25 Award for my work in bring Maths Masterclasses to North Devon.  Before now, the nearest Royal Institution Mathematics Masterclass series were in Exeter or Plymouth and I didn’t think that was right! The Maths Masterclasses, fully sponsored by Kingsley, have enabled free enrichment experiences for students in North Devon. Growing up, I had a passion for maths and it has been a privilege to bring this opportunity to Kingsley. All of our speakers just wanted to share exciting and brilliant ideas with the students and we have been very fortunate to work with some really great and well respected speakers for the two Masterclass series.”

Kingsley School Headmaster, Mr Pete Last added: “Congratulations to Christine from everyone at Kingsley on being selected as an i25 Awards finalist.  I am immensely proud of our Maths Department at Kingsley School and I am personally thrilled that Chrissy has been recognised for her passion and energy in providing excellent enrichment opportunities to students across North Devon. Her Maths Masterclass series and the subsequent Royal Institution Alumni status for all the students who have attended, will stand them all in good stead for future studies and life after education.”