SCIENCE DEPARTMENT

The Science and PE departments work in partnership to provide a broad, balanced and inclusive curriculum. Our aim is to promote scientific literacy, foster good team working skills and encourage healthy lifestyles amongst all our students. We hope to demonstrate to students the progress that can be made in society when individuals in either discipline work together, building on the knowledge and experience of the past in pursuit of a common goal.

In addition, we aim to nurture the natural talent and enthusiasm of our students. We hope to maximise their potential and produce some of the best young athletes, coaches and scientists around.

 

Science Staff

Mrs Tonge Director of Science Faculty
Mrs Allday Assistant Director of Science Faculty
Mrs Blackhurst Assistant Headteacher - Teaching and Learning
Miss Holcroft Teacher of Science and House Progress Leader - Attenborough
Miss Marshall Teacher of Science and Acting House Progress Leader - Yousafzai
Mr Clark Teacher of Science
Mr Dicker Teacher of Science

 

 

 

 

 

 

Physical Education Staff

Mr Sheard Head of Physical Education
Mr I Mayne Teacher of Physical Education & Assistant Headteacher - Pastoral
Mr Rimmer Teacher of Physical Education
Mrs Ashurst Teacher of Physical Education
Miss Coats Teacher of Physical Education

 

 

 

 

 

Science Curriculum

Due to the hierarchical nature of scientific knowledge the Science Curriculum is sequenced across 5 years and this is key to our students acquiring, retaining and linking knowledge over time. 
 
Key Stage 3
 
How is the course structured?
 
In Year 7 and Year 8 our students are taught in mixed attainment groups. The Schemes of Learning have been developed by the Science department, incorporating topics and materials inline with the KS3 National Curriculum as well as what we consider to be prerequisite knowledge and skills required to progress. In Year 9 our students progress to study Science in the separate disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics and are taught by specialist teachers. 
 
Key Stage 4
 
GCSE: Science (Combined or Separate). Exam Board: AQA Trilogy and AQA Separate Science
 
How is the course structured?
 
Our students continue to study science within the discrete disciplines delivered by specialist teachers. This allows us the flexibility to personalise the learning of individual students in order that they make the best academic progress and achieve the best possible outcomes. At the end of Year 10, students will take internal exams for the units they have studied. Attainment in these exams, along with ongoing assessment through the academic year, will dictate which of the following courses they will take:
 
GCSEs in Separate Sciences
 
The students that have adapted well to GCSE science and attained highly in Year 10 will go on to study the extra material required for the award of three separate Science GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
GCSEs in Combined Science
 
Our Year 11 curriculum continually evolves and develops responding to the needs of our students. Students will develop and expand their knowledge of key scientific concepts. In order that they are fully prepared for their six external exams at the end of Year 11. This route results in the award of a single qualification in Combined Science which is worth two GCSEs.
 
What can I do with a Science GCSE?
 
Successful completion of the Science GCSE courses will enable students to pursue a wide range of further study or employment. If a student achieves grades 9-5, they may choose the traditional A levels in Science or Science related post-16 courses. Alternatively students may progress to employment and training in the scientific, technical, medical or engineering industries.