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University of Liverpool to Open Specialist Maths School

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The Government has announced that it will open a new specialist maths school in Liverpool by 2020.

The University of Liverpool Mathematics College will be the third of its kind when it opens in just over two years' time and will benefit from substantial funding as part of an £18 million funding pot unveiled by the chancellor last year.

The school will open at a location close to the University campus within the Knowledge Quarter and will welcome up to 80 pupils per year when fully operational to study Maths, Further Maths and Physics A Levels with other subjects like Computer Science and Music also under consideration.

The school will benefit from close ties to the University and pupils will get the chance to learn from staff and students in the University's Department of Mathematical Sciences.

The University of Liverpool Mathematics School will become the first of its kind in the north of England and will follow on from successful schools opened by King's College London and the University of Exeter.

Commenting on the announcement, Professor Dame Janet Beer, Vice Chancellor of the University of Liverpool, said: "The University of Liverpool Mathematics School will be a hub for the most able young mathematicians in the Liverpool city region so they can develop their knowledge and skills through the study of maths and related subjects. In today's global economy, it is essential that the potential of our most talented maths students is developed and this initiative is a much needed response to that challenge."

The Royal Society has named maths as the key skill required by employers by 2030 with those taking the subject at A level up 20% since 2010. The government is aiming to increase the number of young people studying maths via its Industrial Strategy, helping them to secure good jobs and boost the UK economy.