Science

Headline Information

We have had a rise in GCSE results two years running.

Our BTEC L3 achieved 100% pass rate, with 80% achieving distinction

We have a higher number of GCSE students selecting to take Science A levels than in previous years. 

Information about the Curriculum

The science department currently offers 10 different science qualifications.  We hope this enables students to learn in a way that suits them.  For years 9, 10 and 11 we offer a double award consisting of Science A and Additional Science.  For students who have a very keen interest or skill in science, there is also the option to select triple science. This gives individual GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics upon completing. At Level 3 we run the ever popular A levels in Chemistry (OCR), Biology (AQA) and Physics (OCR and AQA), we also run the Level 3 BTEC subsidiary diploma in Applied science (applied biology). 

We have a passion for promoting the STEM based subjects so run many STEM events, trips and clubs to help build students skills in these areas.  We have STEM and CREST clubs and have started running an annual science fair in conjunction with the big bang.

Department Information

We have 8 dedicated labs, with another being developed this summer.  The labs are specially equipped for each of the individual disciplines.

GCSE students selecting the double award will get 6 dedicated science lessons per fortnight in years 9 and 10, with 8 periods per fortnight in year 11.  If you select triple this increases to 9 lessons per fortnight in years 9 and 10, with 12 lessons per fortnight in year 11.  For triple science teaching we have subject specialist with each class.

We offer 10 different courses across the age ranges, utilising teacher skills and providing for students learning styles and interests. This is supported by a strong technician team who work hard to provide exciting and engaging practicals for every lesson.

 

Staff

Elise Berrill, Head of Department

Andrea Fordham, In Charge of BTEC

May Brooks, In Charge of Biology

Karl Walker, In Charge of Chemistry

Antony Parish, In Charge of Physics

Abdul Shakoor, Teacher of A level chemistry and general teacher at GCSE

Glen Thomas, Teacher of A level physics and general teacher at GCSE

Jenni Malone, Teacher of biology, chemistry and physics at GCSE

Laura McDonnell, Teacher of A level physics and general teacher at GCSE

Pregs Naidoo, Teacher of A level Biology and general teacher at GCSE

Prema Swamynathan, Teacher of A level chemistry and general teacher at GCSE

Suzie Squair, Teacher of A level Biology and general teacher at GCSE