The Science Department is a well resourced and forward looking department within the school. Science teachers are highly motivated, well trained professionals. The teaching team is currently composed of 17 science teachers who cover all three Science specialisms.
Three technicians currently support a dedicated team. There are 11 specialist science laboratories. Our department benefits from strong and effective support from the Senior Management Team who share our commitment to driving up standards of attainment for our students.
Key Stage 3
The science department teaches the AQA key stage 3 curriculum in year 7 and 8. It is a spiral curriculum model divided into subject specific modules. The scheme of work prepares the pupils for key stage 4, in such a way we have included an additional model for required practicals.
Assessment is focused towards setting individual pupil targets and is an area of strength within the department. This has guided the development of programmes of study which reflect the National Curriculum changes; taking the opportunity to creatively embed the skills necessary to succeed in Science at KS4 and 5.
Our main aim in our assessment scheme is assessment for learning; our assessments must yield action in the classroom to move individual students on.
Key Stage 4
The Science Department teaches the AQA Science syllabus and offers Core, Additional and Triple Science options. These courses offer challenge and an appropriate pathway for pupils not only while they are here but also in preparation for whatever they may do next.
This KS4 curriculum is balanced and designed to structure progression into KS5 where we offer Physics, Chemistry and Biology at AS and A2.
Key Stage 5
Biology (AQA), Chemistry (OCR) and Physics (OCR) ‘A’ level are well established. These have strong pupil uptake and add real value to our learners’ engagement with Science. Pupils are required to build on the skills of KS4 with an aim to becoming independent learners and enquiring scientists.