The Science Department Vision: To inspire a wonder and appreciation of the world and develop resilient, confident learners with lifelong skills that will enhance their futures

Students are taught science in mixed ability groups in Y7 and Y8. Students will be taught a range of topics covering biology, chemistry and physics. The course aims to develop a range of skills beneficial to students both in school and in the world of work. There is strong focus on the skills of “Working Scientifically”. Students will have 6 one hour lessons a fortnight.

End of topic tests, open-ended level assessed tasks and homework tasks are used to judge the grade students are working at. This information is sent home through the schools reporting system throughout the year. There will be end of year science exams for both Y7 and Y8 students.

During Y9 students will begin their Science GCSE course, which lasts for 3 years. Students in Y9 are taught in sets and have 6 one hour lessons a fortnight. Science forms one of the core subjects, alongside Maths and English, and must be studied by all students at GCSE. At the end of Y9 students will automatically continue with Combined Science GCSEs in Y10 and Y11 or they may choose to study Triple Science.

In Y10 students studying Combined Science have 10 lessons per fortnight and will receive 2 GCSE grades at the end of the course. Students who choose to study Triple Science will have 15 lessons per fortnight, split across 3 teachers. At the end of the course they will receive 3 separate GCSE grades, one for each of the sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics). All of our GCSE courses are offered by AQA.

A small number of students are selected to study Entry Level Science instead of GCSE Science.

The Sixth Form currently offers AS and A-levels in Biology, Chemistry and Physics with AQA. In addition we also offer an Applied Science qualification.

In the science department, we passionately believe that everybody can develop a love of science. We will provide students with the knowledge to explain why our beautiful, awe-inspiring planet is here; how we can get out of bed every morning; why the stars shine in the night sky. And, perhaps most importantly, we make them curious enough to ask those questions in the first place.