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Department Overview

We are a team of specialist teachers of Science, covering Physics, Biology and Chemistry.  We are an  experienced and innovative department committed to developing the teaching and learning of Science across both key stages.

Director of Science: Mrs K Field


In Years 7 and 8 all students follow a bespoke course of study based around the requirements of the National Curriculum. Students in Year 7 and 8 benefit from the use of Doddle which allows staff to track the progress of students using clearly defined objectives. Students are then aware of the objectives they have mastered and those they need to work on. Schemes of Learning are developed within the department and are constantly reviewed. They are designed to engage and challenge the students that we teach. Assessment for Learning plays a pivotal role within these plans. A robust scheme of assessment and monitoring enables us to identify appropriate pathways for students as they enter Key Stage Four.

Year 9 students are currently following the new AQA Science Specification which offers an exciting start to GCSE Science. The three Science subjects are taught in units such as Cell Biology, Atomic Structure and Energy. These units provide students with a foundation for their future learning of some of the more demanding GCSE content. This also enables us to assess students’ most appropriate route at GCSE.

In Year 10 and 11, students either follow AQA Combined Science, which leads to two GCSE grades 1-9 or AQA Separate Science which leads to 3 GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Students have the option to choose which pathway they follow. This is an exciting time for GCSE Science students as some of the most interesting subjects at A Level have been brought down into the GCSE courses to give students wishing to study A level Science a real boost in the right direction. We do realise however, that some students won’t want to study Science beyond GCSE Level so we strive to make the new Science curriculum as relevant and as interesting to those students as possible.

All Key Stage 4 students are given Personalised Learning Checklists to support them in their revision. For those students in Year 11 there are PPEs, revision sessions and Walking, Talking Mocks throughout the year to support and motivate Year 11 to be the very best version of themselves!

Extra-Curricular Activities:

The department runs a regular STEM Club. There are also weekly drop-in sessions for revision and home learning support and we offer a variety of enrichment opportunities for students such as trips to universities, Science Week and visiting speakers/activities.


There are 6 well equipped laboratories with excellent technical support available for use within the Science Department. There is also an ICT suite within the department.

How the Science Department actively promote British Values through the curriculum

Our curriculum draws on Britain’s long and proud scientific tradition, from Hooke and Newton to more modern pioneers such as Robert Winston and Rosalind Franklin. Students are encouraged to link their learning to the outside world in particularly to careers in the Sciences. We hope to inspire our students to think about further education and a career in Science, which is a significant and world-leading sector of the UK economy.