Science

 

The Science Department comprises of 8 full size laboratories, 2 smaller laboratories and 4 IT rooms, all of which are equipped with data projectors.

TEACHERS

Mrs F. Vause: Director of Learning & Head of Biology

Dr M. Mistry: Assistant Director of Learning & Head of Chemistry

Mr J. Snow: Head of Physics

Mr. G. Rimmer: Head of Computer Science

Mr. L. Fenn Griffin: Assistant Headteacher and Teacher of Biology

Mr F Chauhan: Teacher of Computer Science

Mrs. K. Best: Teacher of Chemistry

Mrs A Clewes: Teacher of Chemistry

Mr G. Cornwell: Teacher of Physics

Mrs J. Gash: Teacher of Biology

Miss A. Hagan: Teacher of Computer Science

Mr M Vastenavondt: Teacher of Biology

Mr J Flint: Teacher of Biology

Mr J Shepstone: Teacher of Physics

Miss S Brown-Messam: Teacher of Science

LABORATORY TECHNICIANS

Mrs J. Miles: Senior Technician

Miss S. Wickens

 

SUPPORT STAFF ATTACHED TO THE DEPARTMENT

Mrs A. Flannigan

Mrs E. Rigby

Mr. P. Wild

KEY STAGE 3 SCIENCE – YEAR 7 AND 8

Year 7 is taught as mixed ability groupings and have 6 lessons per fortnight.

Year 8 is set according to ability and have 6 lessons per fortnight.

Topics covered are:

Year 7: Skills; Electricity and Magnetism; States of Matter; Cells and Reproduction; Anatomy; Space; Atoms, Elements, Compounds and Mixtures.

Year 8: Food Energy, Plant; Variation; Chemical Reactions; Earth Science; Periodic Table; Energy; Forces; Waves.

KEY STAGE 4 SCIENCE – YEAR 9

Students in the current Y9 study one of two different courses. The decision on whether a student pursues the Triple Science route or the Combined Science route is taken in Y10.  All external exams are taken in Y11.

  1. Triple Sciences: comprises of three GCSE courses in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
  2. Combined Sciences: equivalent to two GCSE courses

KEY STAGE 4 SCIENCE – YEAR 10 AND 11

Students in the current Y10 and 11 study one of two different courses. The decision on whether a student pursues the Triple Science route or the Dual Science route is taken in Y10.  All external exams are taken in Y11.

  1. Triple Sciences: comprises of three GCSE courses in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
  2. Dual Sciences: comprises of two independent GCSE courses in Science A and Additional Science.

The overlap between Triple Sciences and Dual Sciences is illustrated below:

The columns lead to the Triple Sciences qualifications, the rows lead to the Dual Sciences qualifications. CAU are controlled assessments and are completed in lessons.

KEY STAGE 5 SCIENCE

Courses are offered in:

  • Biology AS and A2
  • Chemistry AS and A2
  • Physics AS and A2
  • BTEC L3 Applied Science

Completion of any one of these courses leads to a full A Level qualification or equivalent. All subjects at KS5 have eight lessons per fortnight in Year 12 and ten lessons per fortnight in Year 13.

EXTRACURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES

Following the success of the introduction of CREST awards last year, we now offer the Bronze CREST award to Y8 students. These activities take place during lunchtime on Fridays in the Autumn term to give the best opportunity for all students to attend.

All students are invited to attend Science Club one lunchtime per week.  In the past, students have had the opportunity to try forensic work, chromatography, growing microorganisms, using microscopes and dissection.

In the summer term, all AS Science students participate in the Sixth Form Poster Symposium.  Having researched a scientific topic of their choice, the students prepare and present a poster at the event which is supported by parents, governors, staff, and other students. Many students use the opportunity to research a topic which may assist their university application.

We have had several successful applications to the Nuffield Research Placement Scheme.  This gives sixth form students the opportunity to conduct a research programme over a number of weeks within another establishment and then to present a poster at a conference. Our latest successful applicant was Callum Bucklow researched the ‘Genetics of Plant Abscission’ at the University of Nottingham.