We endeavour to foster an exciting environment at all levels in order to stimulate curiosity and interest in the Sciences. Biology, Chemistry and Physics are taught separately by a subject specialist at KS4. These individual Science subjects are taught in purpose-built, well equipped laboratories in small groups; the department also has laptop computers and data logging equipment for the use by the pupils.
We deliver a teaching and learning scheme which provides well designed studies of exploratory and investigative Science, and gives a valuable educational experience to all pupils. This provides opportunities for candidates to:
- acquire a systematic body of scientific knowledge and develop an understanding of Science including its strengths and limitations
- develop experimental and investigative abilities
- develop an understanding of the nature of scientific ideas and activities and the basis for scientific claims.
In Years 7 and 8, the pupils study a compressed KS3 curriculum and are taught three hours per fortnight in both subjects-natural science and physical science. The work is practical experiment based and pupils have the opportunity of attending a weekly Science club.
Pupils begin their GCSE Science course in Year 9. In Year 9 pupils have three hours per week per fortnight in each Science discipline leading to four hours per fortnight in each for Years 10 and 11. The top set follow individual Science GCSEs at an accelerated pace and other pupils study Combined GCSE Science. Therefore all of our pupils either gain two or three GCSEs at the end of the GCSE course. Either route feeds into AS Science courses in Sixth Forms. Pupils have the opportunity of attending a weekly STEM club.
Recently, our Year 7 pupils have attended the Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair showcase the exciting and rewarding opportunities out there for them with the right experience and qualifications, by bringing classroom learning to life. Year 8 have visited the National Space Centre in Leicester to explore Space Travel and learn more about Space exploration. Year 11 pupils have also attended the GCSE Science Live Conference in London to see and hear five of Britain’s top scientists, all working at the cutting edge of their specialisms and gain invaluable advice on examination success from an experienced science examiner.
Aside from the curriculum trips described above we have had pupils represent the school at the Salter’s Festival of Chemistry at Queen Mary University; we have a teams of pupils participate in the F1 in schools technology challenge, the decorum rotary technology tournament and NPL water rocket challenge. All pupils in Years 8, 9 and 10 were also entered for the national Biology Challenge, which a number of pupils gaining gold, bronze and silver awards.