The science department is the largest department in this outstanding school and consequently it should come as no surprise that we enjoy an excellent record of exam success. Clearly a significant part of this success is a result of the overall ethos of the school, but the key factor is the quality of teaching within the department and the willingness of the staff to take individual (although supported) responsibility for the progress of their pupils.
The teaching staff vary significantly in terms of experience, teaching style and personality and this diversity is one of the strengths of the department. In addition to the teaching staff, the department also benefits from the services of 3 technicians and a teaching assistant.
In terms of accommodation, the department is fortunate to be housed in its own area of the school and benefits from large, well designed laboratories. All laboratories are equipped with LCD projectors and interactive white boards.
In Key Stage 3 pupils receive three hours of science lessons per week and are generally taught by a single teacher, there is therefore no separate science teaching at this level but individual modules are clearly identifiable as being biology, chemistry or physics. The department teaches according to its own schemes of work which are designed to make the lessons as practical as possible, whilst still maintaining a firm focus on traditional science concepts.
Provision at KS4 is for double combined science or triple separate science. The most able pupils follow the AQA separate science courses. All pupils receive 6 hours of science a week over Years 10 and 11.
At sixth form level, the department has large numbers of pupils opting to study Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Psychology. Level 3 certificates in Applied Science are a popular and valuable addition to our sixth form provision.
The science department also has close links with Innovia and each year a number of our sixth form pupils participate in research projects, working along side the company’s graduate scientists in order to gain valuable experience of science in the real world.