The department has a staff of specialist teachers across the three disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. We have 6 teaching laboratories and two additional teaching rooms.
The department aims to help students to:
- Develop a sense of curiosity, interest and enjoyment of science.
- Appreciate humanity’s place on this planet and our impact in its environment and beyond.
- Help produce technologically-aware citizens who appreciate the importance of the role which scientists, technicians and engineers play.
- Help students to understand and know about how science works in our everyday lives.
- Recognise and appreciate the usefulness and limitations of the scientific method.
- Develop competence and confidence with a range of equipment during a variety of practical activities.
We follow the published course 'Smart Science'. Students are encouraged to participate in "Hands on Science", completing a variety of practical work and investigations. They might also be asked to make a presentation to their class or produce posters or information booklets to relate scientific ideas clearly. During the key stage students are developing their awareness and understanding of How Science Works.
Years 7 and 8:
- Student have access to text books in school.
- Most practical activities are completed in pairs so each student can be fully involved.
- 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.
- Students have nine fifty minute periods over two weeks.
- Teaching time is divided equally between Biology, Chemistry and Physics
Students will begin the GCSE course at the beginning of Year 9. Students will follow the OCR A (Gateway) 1-9 course and will have distinct Biology, Chemistry and Physics lessons, with subject specialist teachers. Towards the end of Year 9 they will be able to choose between the Combined Science route or the Separate Science route (Triple Science). Both routes require students to study Biology, Chemistry and Physics and will be graded by six exams at the end of Year 11. There is no coursework for either route but all students will be required to carry out a series of practical activities during the two years of the course.
Students that complete the Combined Science route will receive an overall grade that will be doubled, for example an overall 7 will be awarded two 7s.
Students that complete the Separate Science route will receive individual grades for each of the three science disciplines.
Science A-Levels are a popular choice in Sixth Form and all three subjects follow the OCR A syllabus. Biology, Chemistry and Physics are all offered as two year full A-Levels and all exams are terminal, being completed at the end of Year 13.
Although there is no coursework for any of the A-Level Sciences all courses involve an individually assessed Practical Endorsement in which students are required to show competence across a range of skill areas divided into 12 Practical Activity Groups. The Endorsement is Pass/Fail and is a holistic teacher judgment, taking account of all of the practical work and associated note-keeping and analysis completed by the student.