The Science Department is committed to preparing pupils for a rapidly changing world. We seek to enhance scientific thinking such as hypothesising, observing and evaluation, as well as delivering an essential body of core knowledge.
The department firmly believes that every pupil should be stretched so that they can reach their full potential. To ensure this, pupils are taught in sets according to their ability and given support at every stage. Pupils will find the practical work engaging where they will develop many ‘hands on 'skills along with the more obvious qualities of teamwork and communication. Science has huge demand in the real world for people to have an understanding of what goes on around them.
At KS3 (Year 7 & 8) pupils are introduced to many topics that enable pupils to enhance their scientific knowledge and vocabulary. They also have one lesson a week that will focus on scientific skills and practical work.
At KS4 pupils are placed in tiered groups. This enables pupils to be stretched and challenged and allows them to make the most progress. The upper bands are entered for Separate Sciences following the AQA specification. This course is taught for 6 periods per week separately as Biology, Chemistry and Physics. This is a demanding and motivating course with real academic challenge. This results in three separate graded GCSE’s in Biology, Chemistry & Physics.
Combined science is offered to pupils who have achieved well in previous tests but who would struggle with Triple Award content. It is taught separately as Biology, Chemistry and Physics, but with less content than triple award, so receives two GCSE qualifications in Science. As with the separate sciences pupils will follow the AQA specification.
Year 11 are following the OCR Gateway specification and are the final year group to be awarded on the old A*-G grading system. The upper band will follow triple science option and will result in three grades for each science discipline. Core and additional science is offered to all other pupils and this will result in two separate science grades.