Science is about understanding and modelling the world in which we live, and putting this knowledge to good use through invention and technology.
We aim to provide an academically rigorous but enriching, challenging programme of study where each student enjoys reaching their full scientific potential by studying in a supportive, stimulating, well organised and resourced department. Students are encouraged to feel part of a team as they undertake greater responsibility for their own learning. The Department is fully integrated into the ethos of the school and endeavours to develop cross-curricular links with other Departments where possible.
Head of Science
If it squirms it’s Biology, if it smells it’s Chemistry, if it doesn’t work it’s Physics and if you can’t understand it it’s Mathematics.
Dr. Magnus Pyke
The Department seeks to provide a challenging environment which raises the standards of achievement and the quality of teaching and learning. The Sciences from Years 9 – 11 are taught by subject specialists, in four well equipped laboratories. Increasingly, the Department is using Data Logging technology, a wide range of software and, wherever possible, theory is supported by practical work. The Department is beginning to develop closer links with Technology through STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) initiatives.
The Science Department plays a unique role is supporting the School’s PSHE programme covering the ‘science’ in such areas as diet, smoking, alcohol, reproduction and drugs as well as many of the moral and ethical issues raised.
Science is taught with a strong emphasis on investigative work and scientific enquiry providing the children with solid foundations for the Science they will develop further up the school. We strongly believe in a ‘hands-on’ approach to Science at this age, enabling the children to experience awe and wonder in the subject and to capture their natural curiosity about the world as they experience it. Our team of teachers, chosen for their passion for Science, present the subject in a stimulating and lively way with each class having access to a specialist Science laboratory as well as a considerable wealth of resources, specialist equipment and apparatus. We also have extensive grounds, including meadows, woodlands and a beautiful water garden which are frequently used for studying the local ecology.
The sciences are taught separately in sets from Year 7, by subject specialist teachers. In Year 6 pupils remain in forms. In each year pupils have three one hour lessons with an emphasis on practical work. The integrated science course lays important foundations for study at GCSE level and develops key skills; ‘How Science Works is introduced at the end of year 9. During KS 3 pupils are encouraged to participate in the ‘Exxon Mobil Science & Technology Competition’ by researching a topic of their choice and formally presenting their findings.
Science at GCSE is modular with pupils taking a GCSE (AQA) in ‘Science A’ in Year 10 and either ‘Additional Science’ or the separate ‘Sciences’ in Year 11. As a consequence of all pupils doing ‘balanced science’ to GCSE all options to study Science at A level are kept open and this has been a successful policy since its intrroduction.