The Science department has been refurbished with over £400,000 of investment, each laboratory has an interactive whiteboard and there are a wide range of teaching materials designed to promote whole class and individual learning. We offer a range of extra-curricular activities, including Robotics and Cosmetic Chemistry Clubs.
All Science classes are taught by specialist staff and students are divided into pairs or small groups for practical work. We cater for students of all abilities, from those with special needs to those who will enter Oxbridge and other prestigious universities.
A strong emphasis is placed on developing an understanding of the scientific method. Hence, from Year 7 onwards, students are encouraged to plan and carry out their own investigations, assess risks and are shown how to collect and process data and draw justified conclusions.
Key Stage 3
Throughout the three years of Key Stage 3 we endeavour to provide all students with a thorough understanding of all aspects of Science. Students in Years 7 to 9 are normally taught in sets according to ability and explore a range of science topics in accordance with the National Curriculum. Our curriculum allows students the opportunity to investigate the Big Ideas in Science and illustrates the importance of science in our society. We aim to secure subject knowledge and the prior learning of students and cement their scientific understanding. Extension and challenge activities are integral to these lessons.
Key Stage 4
In Years 10 and 11 all students study for either the AQA Combined Trilogy Science or Triple Science GCSE certificate.
The courses are both divided into three separate Sciences: Biology, Chemistry and Physics. In contrast with previous GCSE courses, much emphasis is now placed on “How Science Works”.
The assessment procedure is based solely on terminal examinations. There is a strong emphasis on scientific literacy and students will develop these skills along with their numeracy skills in their study of Science. As part of the course the students complete required practical experiments and are tested on their understanding of these in the final exams.
Key Stage 5
In the Sixth Form, students are able to study for the AS/A2 level examinations in each of the three sciences, the OCR syllabus is followed with assessment based upon a series of terminal examinations. Students are encouraged to develop their ability to research and work independently in preparation for University level study.