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Women in Mathematics


The North West Festival of Women in Mathematics is open to all KS4 and KS5 students of Mathematics (some sessions are only open to KS5 due to their content) but we would particularly like to encourage female students who might be considering studying Mathematics or a STEM subject at A Level or University. There are a number of online workshops over three weeks given by research mathematicians at various career stages.

In all of the sessions the host will introduce herself and give a brief biography of her career and research and there will be time for questions and answers at the end of the session.

Here is a table of all of the sessions. You will need to register to attend any sessions individually

Teachers please sign up for the event (not students individually). We will then contact you with the Zoom webinar registration details before the event for you and your students to register


Name Title of Session age group Time Event Number
Professor Rebecca Shipley “Mathematics in Healthcare” all ages Wednesday 23rd June  1.30 – 2.30pm  8419
Eleanor Doman “Similarities and Scalings in Nature: An Introduction to Mathematical Biology” all ages Tuesday 29th June 5.30 pm and Wednesday 30th June 2pm 8425


Professor Louise Walker “Origami and the mathematics of paper folding” all ages Monday  5th July 10am and Tuesday 6th July 5.30pm 8430


Dr Demi Allen “A formula inspired by mice brains and playing darts on fractals” all ages Thursday 1st July – 11am  8429
Dr Yang Han Statistics and Data Analysis all ages Tuesday 29th June 10.30am  8421
Dr Anastasia Kisil “Mathematics, Resonance and Metamaterials” 16+ Thursday 1st July 7pm  8408
Dr Vandita Patel “Fermat’s Last Theorem and Beyond” all ages Thursday 24th June  10am  8420
Dr Vandita Patel “Decoding Mathematics” 16+ Monday 28th June 7pm  8410
Eleanor Johnstone “How to get to the edge of the atmosphere, the bottom of the ocean and everything else in between: using fluid dynamics to understand our world” 16+ Wednesday 7th July 1pm  8443
Guest Speaker plus a panel of female mathematicians  Final session plus Q&A  all Wednesday 7th July 7pm  8432


  • Showcase successful women in mathematics and statistics at various stages of their careers
  • Give participants an insight into the careers of female mathematicians, statisticians and operational researchers
  • Enrich participants’ knowledge of several interesting topics from mathematics and statistics

Who will benefit from attending?

This session is only open to KS5 maths students (and teachers) due to the level of mathematics involved. We would particularly like to encourage female students who might be considering studying Mathematics or a STEM subject at University.


In this workshop, the goal is to work in a group and build a 3D mathematical object. However, the instructions are all muddled up and in code! Decode the instructions and piece together the 3D object.

Please bring along lots of paper (coloured if you have it), compass (can make one with string if there isn’t one to hand, I will show how to at the beginning of the session), ruler, scissors, glue, pens and pencils.

Please note that this session will be delivered via a zoom meeting and participants will need to work together as a group to decode the problems. This means they will need to be prepared to speak and get involved in the sessions.


I have registered our school for all the relevant sessions and an email with joining links have been sent out.

Maths in Careers (NW) – Evening Enrichment

We have signed up for the enrichment session “Maths in Careers (NW) – Evening Enrichment  on Monday 14th and Wednesday the 16th  June at 7-8pm ( see your emails for a link)

I am delighted to confirm that the speakers for the two events are:

Maths in Careers (NW) – Session 1:  Monday 14th June 7-8pm.   

Marina Gardasevic 

Marina is a Neuroscience PhD student at the University of Manchester.  She looks at the contribution of each ocular photoreceptor to responses to light.  In other words…the effects of light on our brains!  In addition to her research Marina is a Presidential Doctoral Scholar (PDS) and a STEM Ambassador.

Finn Box 

Finn is a Dr of the physics of fluids and soft matter.  He plays with bubbles, drops, squishy stuff and bendy beams!  Often he gets to use a high-speed video camera to film the things that happen in the blink of an eye.  He often gets wet and is currently trying to develop a liquid antenna.

Rachel Beattie 

Rachel is a Mathematician and the co-founder of sustainable and inclusive womenswear brand, Careaux with her sister, Laura. From an idea when she was fourteen combining her love of fashion and Maths she has created a world-first dress which changes to fit each and every woman. Rachel is also a Prince’s Trust, Women of the Future and STEM Ambassador, and is passionate about championing innovation, sustainability, inclusivity and diversity in STEM and in the fashion industry.



Maths in Careers (NW)  – Session 2:  Wednesday 16th June 7-8pm.

Rob Nicolaides 

Rob is a Mathematics PhD student at the University of Manchester.  He studies the structure of highly-symmetrical shapes that live in a strange, abstract versions of our ordinary space.  Rob also leads seminars and tutorials for undergraduate mathematicians and problem solving sessions for A Level students from all over England.

Amy Hassett  

Amy is a Project Manager working within the Engineering Department for a Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Site.  Her job involves specking, buying, testing and installing new equipment to automate the manufacture and packaging of drugs.  Day to day, this involves a lot of problem solving, good planning, adaptability to new challenges…and a lot of phone calls!

Matthew Birch

Matthew is a European and UK parent attorney in the Engineering and Tech group at Carpmaels & Ransford LLP.  He drafts, prosecutes, defends and enforces patents on behalf of his clients and advises on Intellectual Property generally, with a particular interest in medical devices.  You can find out more about Matthew and his work here:


Jennifer Gatley

Director of Maths

TES Schools Awards 2021

#SJCHS is celebrating being shortlisted in two categories in the TES awards: Best use of Technology for Mrs Williams who designed a Lockdown IT course for our students and Miss Kennedy for her work during this past year in managing COVID etc.

Fingers crossed for the announcement on the 25th June.

Well done St Joseph’s  – so proud of everything we do #Living #Loving #Learning #Excited



St Joseph’s School Sports Development Officer Mr Wise is very excited and relieved to announce that our fun-filled holiday activities are back for the Whit half term break!

With Coronavirus restrictions starting to ease and the country starting to open back up again we are still remaining cautious with 2 bubble groups of children and are still taking full week bookings only but we are very optimistic that the 4 week Summer holiday camps will be fully back to normal with day bookings available and a variety of other activities available too.

Due to the ongoing impact of Covid-19 and the need to adhere to strict Government and Sport England guidance places will be limited and we can only take full 4 day bookings.

Mr Wise has listed below the plans for the  week, what we are offering, the costs and how to book:

DATES: Tuesday the 1st to Friday the 4thof June 2021.

AGE GROUPS:  Ages 4 to 6

                          Ages 7 and over

PLACES AVAILABLE: 20 places per group.

ACTIVITIES & LOCATION: ALL sessions will be Multi Sports (2 or 3 sports per day including Football, Tennis, Cricket, Rounders, Athletics, Dodgeball, Benchball etc….) and will take part in the Sports Hall or on the Astro pitch.

COST & TIMES:  Each day will be from 10am to 2pm

                             Cost for the whole week is £48.00 per child. This must be paid in advance to secure your child’s place.

BOOKING: To make a booking either call Mr Wise on 07742547767 or email: Once booked on Mr Wise will be in touch to arrange safe collection of your booking fees.

Places will be allocated on a strictly first come, first served basis with reserve lists created if required.

A final message from Mr Wise:

“It will be so good to get back to holiday activity here at St Joseph’s and my Coaches and myself are very much looking forward to a brilliant 4 days of sporting action, making new friends and having a great time ”.

“Looking forward to seeing you again”!

Mr Wise

World Poetry Day 2021

World Poetry Day 2021

Thank you to all the members of our St. Joseph’s family who volunteered to share their favourite poems with the children. We’ve got a varied collection – Mario Yeoman’s rendition of Chaucer’s ‘The General Prologue’ in Middle English, Ange O’Donnell’s beautiful ‘Sea Fever,’ Graeme Simpson’s absolute classic ‘If,’ Gemma Ward’s ‘Atlas’ and last but not least, MiHwa Kim reading a Korean poem, ‘Flowers.’