The Science department comprises of six specialist Science laboratories within the main school and two A-level laboratories situated in the Byron Sixth Form Centre. All of the laboratories have interactive whiteboards and there are a number of laptops available for use throughout the department.
•To deliver high quality education in Science to every pupil through challenging and stimulating teaching and learning.
•To encourage the development of informed opinions and to support such opinions with reasoned arguments.
•To encourage the development of an enquiring mind and the ability to become an independent learner.
•To promote awareness, knowledge and understanding of Scientific issues beyond the classroom setting.
•To encourage pupils to question, analyse and form opinions about various issues that appear in the news.
•For pupils to understand the purpose of and necessity for Science in their school and future lives.
•To promote vocational and enrichment opportunities for all students, such as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) to enrich their learning experience, and to explore career opportunities for the future.
Key Stage 3
Students receive four Science lessons a week at Key Stage 3 delivered where possible by a single teacher.
Key Stage 4
Students receive 4 Science lessons a week at Key Stage 4 delivered by more than one teacher. The majority of students will gain 2 GCSEs in Science.
Those students studying separate Science receive 6 lessons a week delivered by a subject specialist and will gain 3 GCSEs.
In year 10 most students will study Combined Science following the Edexcel scheme of work sitting this exam at the end of year 11. One group in year 10 will be following the triple science pathway resulting in 3 GCSEs; they will also follow the Edexcel Scheme of work and sit all of their exams at the end of year 11.
In year 11 the majority of students are studying Core and Additional Science from the AQA exam board. The triple Science group are studying separate Chemistry, Physics and Biology and will gain 3 GCSEs.
Key Stage 5
At Key Stage 5 the Department offers A levels in Biology, Chemistry and Physics all using the AQA exam board.
All Sixth form groups receive 5 hours of teaching time per week taught by 2 members of staff who are subject specialists.
At A Level, we have a diverse cohort of students ranging from prospective medical students to those wishing to maintain a broad based curriculum. Practical skills are assessed throughout each course. A minimum of grade B in Additional Science or Biology/ Chemistry/Physics combined with a grade B in Mathematics is required for entry into A level courses.