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The Buckingham School

The Buckingham School

Science

The Science department consists of nine full time teachers who are backed up by excellent technical support team. All of our Science labs 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 Activate 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.

In Year 9, students start working towards their GCSEs. In the first term they study transition units to develop their understanding of key concepts and skills from KS3 in preparation for revisiting and extending upon these ideas, concepts and skills at KS4. In the final two terms they begin GCSE content towards the new Combined Science and Separate Sciences GCSE courses.

In Year 10 & 11 students are studying towards the Core and Additional Science GCSEs or Triple Science. Triple Science students are currently identified at the end of Year 10 to ensure that all students taking this pathway are able to meet the demands of this challenging 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.