Student Showcase

    Science Department


    The department has a staff of 11 specialist teachers (5 Biology, 3 Chemistry and 3 Physics).  We have 6 teaching laboratories and an additional teaching room.


    The department aims to help students to


    • Develop a sense of curiosity, interest and enjoyment in Science.
    • Appreciate man’s place on this planet and his impact in our environment and beyond.
    • Help produce Technologically aware citizens who appreciate the importance of the role which engineers play.
    • Help students to understand and know about How Science Works in our everyday lives.
    • Recognise and appreciate the usefulness and limitations of Scientific method. 



    Key Stage 3

    We follow the published course 'Smart Science'. Students are encouraged to participate in "Hands on Science", Practical work or mini-investigations.

    They might also be asked to make a presentation to their class.

    During the key stage the should develop an awareness and understanding of How Science Works

    Years 7 and 8:

  • Each student will have access to text books in school
  • As far as possible students carry out practical tasks in groups of two.
  • Students’ progress and subject knowledge is monitored through end of topic tests in     which they are expected to achieve a good mark which is in line with their potential.       Their investigative skills (SC1) are also assessed in an on-going process.
  • Students have 9 fifty minute periods over two weeks.
  • Teaching time is divided equally between Biology, Chemistry and Physics.             

    Key Stage 4 

    Currently students in years 10 and 11 follow the Edexcel GCSE 2011 examinations.  The new Science GCSE will begin in 2016 so specifications may change in the future. Students have three lessons per fortnight in each of the three subjects in Year 9 and 4 per subject per fortnight in Years 10 and 11. These are all taught by subject specialists. They will all study the combined science syllabus content with many students having the opportunity to study extension units for three Science GCSE’s. 


    currently at GCSE each  exam course has 25% based on controlled assessment which examines student’s practical skills and developing these skills is an important part of the course.  The remaining 75% each of each GCSE is composed of 3 one hour exams in each of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. For students who take triple award there are 3 more one hour exams.

    Following the consultation by the Office of Qualifications and Regulation Ofqual GCSE exams will now to be linear with exams being taken at the end of the course in year 11.  Text books are available to use in school and students will have access to an online interactive book at home.  


    Key Stage 5

    Science A levels are a popular choice in Sixth Form. All A level science courses are examined by OCR. The Biology course includes Ecology, Biochemistry, Cells and the chosen option of Mammalian Physiology and Behaviour. The Chemistry course includes topics on Atoms, Bonds and groups and chains, Energy and resources. The Physics includes topics on forces, electricity, waves, Astrophysics and Quantum physics.  


     All courses involve some degree of practical assessment, and the appropriate skills are developed in all three A levels.

    The department also offers and Applied Science A level course. This is comprised of elements from all 3 Science disciplines and has a more practical approach to learning.



    Examination Syllabuses and Textbooks



    Biology A Level


    OCR A

    Person textbooks are used. 

    Chemistry A Level


    OCR A

    Person textbooks are used. 

    Physics A Level


    OCR A

    Person textbooks are used. 


    Currently at GCSE all units are examined by Edexcel and students have access to unit specific textbooks via Moodle. All GCSE Science courses contain 25% controlled assessment plus 3 exams.


    GCSE course


    Exam units



    B1, C1, P1

    Additional Science


    B2, C2, P2

    Further Additional Science


    B3, C3, P3

    Biology (separate subject)


    B1, B2, B3

    Chemistry(separate subject)


    C1, C2, C3

    Physics (separate subject)


    P1, P2, P3