The Science Department is housed in five laboratories together with a preparation room and student work area, but we are not limited to just the buildings. The Department is staffed by a full complement of teachers with specialisms in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology and Forensic Science. We are a committed team with a progressive and caring attitude. We are all extremely passionate about our subject and share this enthusiasm at every opportunity.
The first two years of Science are taught as a combined subject following the National Curriculum. Groups are set from Year 7 and we follow a combination of our own and the Smart Science scheme of work.
We offer a variety of courses at Key Stage 4 during Years 9 to 11, each tailored to pupils’ needs. These are the separate GCSE Sciences of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, Core Science and Additional Science. Students have opportunities to attend many different and exciting extra curricular activities, including Extreme Physics. All GCSEs are accredited by AQA.
Specialist teachers teach all subjects, typically over five hour sessions per week during Year 12 and over five hour sessions during Year 13. The subjects on offer are AS and A2 Biology, Chemistry and Physics. We also offer the very popular BTEC Applied Science at Level 3, enabling students to achieve half, one and two GCE equivalencies depending upon the depth they wish to study. All GCEs are accredited by OCR and the BTEC qualifications are accredited by Edexcel.
Psychology is also available at Key Stage 5 and proves to be one of the most popular Sixth Form subjects with many students choosing to study it further at University level. For many students, it is a ‘new’ subject and the syllabus covers a wide range of fascinating and topical issues. Students normally have four hours teaching during the week and cover a broad range of topics including how to carry out a basic psychological enquiry. Students explore why we behave differently in the presence of others, how and why we remember and forget things, discuss possible explanations for aggressive or unusual behaviour and consider conditions such as Autism. The Psychology GCE is accredited by AQA.
Further information on all the courses is available from the Science Department.
Miss K Cook-Bell – Subject Leader
Mr D Meredith
Mrs D Lewis
Mrs M Brumpton
Mr N Harvey
Miss E Caldicott
Mr J Baker
Mrs S Markall
Mr P Wilkinson