The Science Department consists of seven teachers, two technicians and an academic mentor.  We have seven well equipped laboratories, all with interactive whiteboards, a classroom and a dedicated computer room.  Popular amongst students and staff are the Leopard Gecko "Rango", "Cornflake" the Corn Snake and the two tropical fish tanks.

We aim to inspire, develop and foster high levels of curiosity, creativity and excitement within students to enable them to get to know and appreciate the World and Universe around them.  Students study courses which will make them scientifically literate as well as preparing them for further study such as A' Levels.   Science at Key Stage 3 is based on the Oxford University Press "Activate" course and is taught to years 7, 8 and 9 students.  The top set in Year 11 are studying Triple Science, but the  majority of Key Stage 4 students study the Edexcel Core and Additional science courses, which count as two separate GCSEs and include Biology, Chemistry and Physics units together with "How science works" skills.  Coursework makes up 25% of the final GCSE grade and involves planning, carrying out, concluding and evaluating an experiment.  A small number of students complete the Entry Level Certificate and then compete the Core Science GCSE

Years 7

Year 7 use a mastery assessment model of launching, developing, progressing and mastery.


  1. Cells
  2. Structure and function of body systems
  3. Reproduction


  1. Particles and their behaviour
  2. Elements, atoms and compounds
  3. Reactions
  4. Acids and alkalis


  1. Forces
  2. Sound
  3. Light
  4. Space

Years 8


  1. Health and lifestyle
  2. Ecosystems and processes
  3. Adaptation and inheritance


  1. The Periodic Table
  2. Separation techniques
  3. Metals and acids
  4. The earth


  1. Electricity and magnetism
  2. Energy
  3. Motion and pressure

Year 9


  1. New technology
  2. Turning points in biology
  3. Detection


  1. New technology
  2. Turning points in chemistry
  3. Detection


  1. New technology
  2. Turning points in physics
  3. Detection

Year 10

Biology; Influences on life

  1. Classification, variation and inheritance
  2. Responses to a changing environment
  3. Problems of and solutions to a changing environment

Chemistry: Chemistry in our Word

  1. The Earth's sea and atmosphere
  2. Materials from the Earth
  3. Acids
  4. Obtaining and using metals
  5. Fuels

Physics: Universal Physics

  1. Visible light and the solar system
  2. The electromagnetic spectrum
  3. Waves and the Universe
  4. Waves and the Earth
  5. Generation and transmission of electricity
  6. Energy and the future

Year 11

Biology: The components of life

  1. The building blocks of cells
  2. Organisms and energy
  3. Common systems

Chemistry: Discovering chemistry

  1. Atomic structure and the Periodic Table
  2. Ionic compounds and analysis
  3. Covalent compounds and separation techniques
  4. Groups in the Periodic Table
  5. Chemical reactions
  6. Quantitative chemistry

Physics: Physics for your future

  1. Static and current electricity
  2. Controlling and using electric currents
  3. Motion and forces
  4. Momentum, energy, work and power
  5. Nuclear fission and nuclear fusion
  6. Benefits and drawbacks of using radioactive materials