Director of Science – Mr C Watkins -

Deputy Leader of Science – Mr M James

Teacher of Science – Dr C Adams -

Teacher of Science - Mr A Jones -

Teacher of Social Sciences - Mrs N Slack  -

Technician - Mr P Phillips

Departmental Vision

An outstanding Science education allows students to engage their natural curiosity about the world around them; it allows them to acquire both knowledge and skills which will be essential no matter where their lives take them. We believe that Science is a practical subject which is relevant to us all.

We seek to develop pupils as individuals, giving them the confidence to take responsibility for their own understanding and progress through independent study outside of lessons and through collaborative work in class.

KS3 Overview (what is taught in KS3)

During Years 7-8 pupils receive a thorough grounding in the three areas of Science – Biology, Chemistry and Physics. They are given many opportunities to develop practical skills and investigative approaches. Where possible, we demonstrate key concepts with relevant demonstrations and hands on practical sessions.

The topics which students study form the basis for their continuing scientific education and include:

  • Biology: discovering living things, from organisms to DNA.
  • Chemistry: investigating about materials and their properties, exploring patterns in chemical reactions.
  • Physics: exploring energy, electricity, forces and space.

A summary of the curriculum for Science in KS3 can be found here.

KS4 Overview (what is taught in KS4)

The curriculum offered at KS4 is personalised to meet the needs of our students. Separate Science GCSEs are offered as an option to students who may wish to progress to A levels in any of the Science subjects. Students study Chemistry, Physics and Biology with specialist teachers and will take 3 GCSEs at the end of Year 11.  GCSE Combined Science is offered to all students in Year 9, and contains elements of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Current GCSE Science courses have an emphasis on practical activities and investigations, these help to underline the application and relevance of Science in careers and our everyday lives. This is embedded within students’ learning. All GCSE Science courses include a contribution from investigative work. These skills are developed throughout the course and this is assessed using the completion of required practicals which are carried out during lessons. The new science curriculum and the investigation skills included in the required practical tasks will be assessed in their terminal exams at the end of Year 11.

Y9: A summary of the curriculum can be found here.

Combined Science: A summary of the curriculum can be found here.

Separate Sciences: A summary of the curriculum can be found here.

KS5 Overview (what is taught in KS5)

A levels are offered in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Career Opportunities

Science qualifications are essential to many careers, both academic and vocational.

Useful websites

Extra-Curricular Activities

Staff are available most lunchtimes to offer support for exam candidates by prior arrangement. Throughout the year, there are opportunities to understand the work of scientists, through webinars. This year so far this has included

  • - a question and answer session with Peter Convey of the British Antarctic Survey who phoned the school to talk to students about his career studying the plants and animals of Antarctica.
  • - A live webchat with scientists involved in Genome research

Coming soon: Operating Theatre Live!