Understanding the world and the universe around us...”
Knowledge in science enables us to create, invent and discover new things for our own benefit, like medicine, the steam engine and the World Wide Web.
We aim to encourage our pupils to be curious about the world around them and to develop a positive and practical approach to Science learning. We also seek to develop key scientific skills, combine knowledge with practical application and establish cross curricular links, where appropriate.
In Years 7, 8 and 9 pupils follow a scheme of learning which has been developed by the staff within the department. The aim of the scheme of learning is to develop essential scientific skills. The course also aims to help students develop their literacy and numeracy skills. Students are assessed every two weeks with data used to plan intervention. Students are taught in ability groups to ensure they maximise their progress.
At KS4, pupils study either AQA Science A course in year 10 (Unit 5 & 6) or follow a BTEC course in Science. To ensure all students are catered for we also offer Triple Science for the most able students who wish to pursue a career based in science. In year 11 students move on to either AQA Additional Sciemce or Additional Applied Science. The choice for which course a student follows is based on their future aspirations and their ability. The results for our KS4 courses are good and improving. Click here for Key Materials
Offering AS and A2 courses, all of which follow the AQA specification, we have achieved good results in recent years.
We will continue to build on our recent success of the improved A* – C pass rate at GCSE.
By careful grouping of pupils within lessons and inspired teaching at the appropriate level, we target each student’s abilities and spark their curiosities for the best learning experience.
Supporting this, the Department is equipped with nine laboratories and a computer room, a purpose built farm unit with a classroom, a livestock building, a large pond and several greenhouses. Each area also has TV and video facilities, while every classroom boasts a projector and either an interactive whiteboard or pupil laptops to enable the use of ICT in lessons.
The Department is staffed by 10 teachers, a technician team of 4, and a curriculum assistant. A Higher Level Teaching Assistant and a team of Teaching assistants support teaching and learning.
“Inspectors noted a real buzz in the classrooms because learners were immediately engaged.”
|Mr McPhail||Curriculum Leader|
|Mr Laher||Deputy Curriculum Leader|
|Ms Kirk||Deputy Curriculum Leader|
|Miss Jelfs||Assistant Curriculum Leader|
|Mr Hounsell||Assistant Curriculum Leader|
|Mrs Lumb||Assistant Curriculum Leader in charge of Farm|
|Mrs Panesar||Science Teacher|
|Mrs Ayub||Science Teacher|
|Mr Khan||Science Teacher|
|Mr Bowness||Science Teacher|
|Miss Carmichael-Davies||Science Teacher|
|Mr Dundavan||Science Teacher|
|Miss Gosal||Science Teacher|
|Mr Irving||Science Teacher|
|Miss Johnson||Science Teacher|
|Mr Beresford||Deputy Headteacher/KS5 Teacher|
|Mr Spencer||Assistant Headteacher/Science Teacher|
|Mrs Rush||Farm Technician/School Environment|
|Miss Gill||Curriculum Assistant|
|Mr Gallagher||Lead Technician|
|Miss Daum||Science Technician|
|Miss Gwebu||Assistant Science Technician|