The Science Department is committed to preparing pupils for a rapidly changing world. We seek to enhance scientific thinking such as hypothesising, observing and evaluation, as well as delivering an essential body of core knowledge.
The department firmly believes that every student should be stretched so that they can reach their full potential. To ensure this, students are taught in sets according to their ability and given support at every stage. Students will find the practical work engaging where they will develop many ‘hands on' skills along with the more obvious qualities of teamwork and communication. Science has huge demand in the real world for people to have an understanding of what goes on around them.
At KS3 (Y7 & Y8) students are introduced to many topics that enable them to enhance their scientific knowledge and vocabulary. They also have one lesson a week that will focus on scientific skills and practical work.
At KS4 (Y9 - Y11) students are placed in tiered groups. This enables students to be stretched and challenged and allows them to make the most progress. The upper bands are entered for Separate Sciences following the AQA specification. This course is taught for 6 periods per week separately as Biology, Chemistry and Physics. This is a demanding and motivating course with real academic challenge. This results in three graded GCSE’s in Biology, Chemistry & Physics.
Combined science is offered to students who have achieved well in previous tests but are more suited to the combined pathway. It is taught separately as Biology, Chemistry and Physics, but with less content than separate sciences award, so receives two GCSE qualifications in Science. As with the separate sciences, students will follow the AQA specification.