The Science department consists of seven full time teachers who are backed up by excellent technical support. We are currently in the middle of our building programme and three new labs will be ready after October half term. By the end of this academic year, all Science labs will have been re-furbished to ensure we have a modern department that is equipped for current and future courses.
The primary aim of the Science department is to ensure that each student achieves their full potential in all areas of the Science curriculum. There is a commitment to make Science enjoyable, interesting and challenging, ensuring it is accessible to everyone regardless of race or gender.
In Years 7 & 8 students follow a course based on the Go Science units of work, which cover the requirement of the National Curriculum. This gives students the opportunity to experience and develop their skills and knowledge of the key concepts in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. They also have the opportunity to work independently with the integration of study based projects.
In Year 9, the most 'able' students start their GCSE Triple Science award (OCR), all other students follow a Foundation Science Course. The course gives the students a good grounding of skills, knowledge and understanding as well as coursework skills that they will need throughout their Science education.
In Year 10 & 11 students will progress to either the Core Science GCSE to go on to Additional Science or complete an Extended Certificate in Applied Science (OCR Additional Science and Edexcel BTEC). Triple students continue on this course.
The courses are designed to stimulate interest in, and develop understanding of, contemporary Science issues. There is now a greater emphasis on the application of Science in the modern world, where students are encouraged to apply their understanding to form opinions about the ways in which Science is used in the world today. Our aim is that as well as producing scientifically literate students, we instil a sense of enthusiasm so that more students continue with Science in further education. This, we hope, will potentially lead to more students selecting a career within Science.