Head of Department: Miss M Towns BSc (West of England)
The main aim of Science is to ignite in the students a passion to find about the world they live in, to challenge and be challenged by the complexity of what makes up all things in the Universe.
The Science department encompasses the three separate disciplines of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. It is housed in a block of nine laboratories which have currently undergone major refurbishment and include dedicated preparation and support facilities. There are two additional sixth form conference rooms. There is an enthusiastic team of ten specialist teachers supported by three technicians. Science is taught as a combined discipline in Year’s 7 and 8, but as separate subjects by specialist teachers from Year 9 onwards.
Element and Rudiment (Year 7 and 8) students follow the National Curriculum scheme of work at KS3 using a bespoke in house course with an emphasis on the acquisition of relevant skills and scientific exploration.
We follow the Edexcel International GCSE (iGCSE) course, and students may choose either to study all three sciences as separate subjects or to opt for the Dual Award course. In both cases, they will be taught by specialists for each subject. Students start this course in Grammar (Year 9).
At A Level, students can choose to study Biology, Chemistry and/or Physics leading to AS or A2 qualifications. Standards in the department are high, with all students encouraged to achieve of their best in Science no matter what their ability. Academic results are excellent and there are numerous opportunities to take part in extra-curricular Science.
As Science affects all aspects of our lives, a great deal can be learned outside the formal surroundings of the classroom and we positively encourage this extra-curricular learning and collaborate with other departments.
The Science Department attends the annual Big Bang Show as part of National Science Week. All students have the opportunity to join in a variety of clubs and activities including: Biology Clinic, Science Club, Chemistry Club, Rocket Cub, Problem Solving in Chemistry and Physics FM.
iGCSE EDEXCEL is one of the most widely respected iGCSEs and is excellent preparation for sixth form studies. Students may choose either to study all three sciences as separate subjects or to opt for the Dual Award course. In both cases, they will be taught by specialists for each subject. Students start this course in Grammar (Year 9).