Anne-Marie Brierley – Director of Learning
Leigh Stanger, Lauren Jellett, David Kennard – Programme Leaders
Steve Murray, James Hudson, Stuart Huddleston, Sue Campbell, Anna Green, Matt Herring, Will Lockwood, William Lee and Kelly Westerman
We aim to deliver a broad curriculum which enthuses students with a love of Science whilst also demonstrating its relevance by fostering skills and making students well informed in light of the rapidly changing world in which we all live. This vision extends beyond lessons to the extra-curricular activities we offer for students in school, as well as to those at our primary feeder schools and within our local community. To realise this vision, the curriculum is delivered by a dedicated team of teachers from across the science specialisms, supported by a team of high quality technical and support staff. Students benefit from six state of the art science laboratories and four science teaching rooms with demonstration areas and adjoining practical spaces. The faculty is extremely well equipped with specialist apparatus and ICT facilities including class sets of ipads, dataloggers and visualisers.
Why Study Science?
Science is a compulsory part of the National Curriculum and is a valuable qualification for all careers.
Science is essential for certain types of jobs including primary and secondary school teaching. It is especially valuable for people wanting to work in technology, engineering, health and other science-based careers.
What Skills Will I Develop?
Science teaches the skills of enquiry, investigation and analysis. A lot of these skills will be developed through observation and practical experiment. Science also helps develops literacy and numeracy and provides opportunities to develop data analysis and evaluation skills.
What Will I Study?
Science is the study and investigation of the natural and physical world around us. All our Science courses consist of a combination of Biology, Chemistry and Physics units.
Key Stage 3
Starting in Year 7, our pupils are given their first glimpse into world of Science.
They start by learning how to conduct themselves in a working laboratory in order to ensure they attain the essential skills in order to carry out highly engaging and educational practical activities. Once these skills have been established, we then embed them even further through the different aspects of Science, looking at Biology, Chemistry and Physics across the year, always with a focus on investigating the world around us.
In year 8, we build on the successes of the entry year and focus more on preparing our pupils for their transition into KS4. As such, we deliver a course that combines practical work with a deeper understanding of the science behind it. We continue our journey by beginning with the atom and the chemistry of elements, then moving towards biological processes in both humans and plants.
Throughout their learning journey at Key stage 3, our pupils are assessed and monitored in order to ensure we can provide a personalised curriculum to meet the needs of all our learners. We are currently developing an in house assessment scheme that will assess our pupils’ knowledge, skill and ability to apply science to real world concepts. We are confident that by taking this approach we can ensure our pupils are constantly being challenged and working towards the aspirational targets we have of them.
Key Stage 4
Students in year 11 will study Science A and Additional Science achieving two GCSEs which can form the Science component of the English Baccalaureate (Ebacc) if students achieve A* to C grades in both GCSEs. Those students who selected triple science as an option subject will also study Further Additional Science and gain an extra GCSE. For each GCSE three separate exams are taken in Biology, Chemistry and Physics together with a controlled assessment practical exam.
Students in year 9 and 10 will study the new three year combined science course. The teaching follows the three sciences and develops skills in application of knowledge to unfamiliar contexts and the critical evaluation and analysis of data.
Students will continue to develop their understanding through a range of experiments and investigations although there is no longer a controlled assessment or coursework element to the qualification. Students will complete all of their exams at the end of their course in summer 2018.
Students showing an aptitude and passion for science will have the opportunity to study additional science content and skills and gain an extra GCSE to aid their progression onto science at A-level and university.
Key Stage 5
At A Level, students have a choice of four separate source subjects in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Applied science
Science and STEM club provides opportunities for all students to delve deeper into their interest in science and are able to carry out experiments, practices and other fun educational processes.
Students have opportunities to attend science based trips throughout their high school career.
If Biology is continued through to A Level, Year 13 students attend a residential field trip to complete the ecology element of their course.
For more information, please contact the Director of Learning