The science faculty is highly successful and experienced and we all strive to achieve the best from all our students. We aim to deliver challenging work to students of all levels of ability, and we are proactive in staging many additional activities every year. These are designed to both accelerate student learning and interest in many varied aspects of science.
“Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.”
– Stephen Hawking
Key stage 3
Years 7 and 8 follow a general science course covering Biology, Chemistry and Physics, alongside scientific skills. Practical investigations are an integral part of these lessons, to support the learning and progress of all students.
Key stage 4
Students will learn about the development of scientific ideas and its power and limitations. They will also evaluate the benefits and drawbacks of scientific and technological advances. Students will develop experimental, investigative and problem solving skills.
Students will either study separate science courses (biology, chemistry and physics) or combined science GCSE (which encompasses all three areas). All students who complete either separate science GCSEs or the combined science GCSE are able to progress through to A Level science courses.
All GCSE courses will be examined at the end of year 11. Students will complete a number of core practicals throughout the course and will be tested on these in their final examinations.
Examinations for separate sciences:
- biology: 2 x 1hr 45min exams
- chemistry: 2 x 1hr 45min exams
- physics: 2 x 1hr 45min exams
Examinations for combined science:
- biology: 2 x 1 hr 15min exams
- chemistry: 2 x 1hr 15min exams
- physics: 2 x 1 hr 15 min exams