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Science

Philosophy

We aim to provide all students with a wide range of first-hand Science-based activities and experiences.  In this way we aim to stimulate students’ natural curiosity, raise their levels of debate and develop the enquiry skills that are essential for both scientific investigation and problem-solving in everyday life.  We aim to encourage an interest in and an enjoyment of Science, both within the School and in the wider community, thus raising the awareness of its place and role in society.

Curriculum

Key Stage 3
During KS3 students have six lessons of Science per fortnight.  All students follow a detailed, spiral, ‘in-house’ curriculum that covers all aspects of the Science National Curriculum.

Key Stage 4
Students  will study for GCSE combined Science Trilogy, which will be examined at and certified at the end of Year 11.

Triple Science — Selected students have the opportunity to study Triple Science, leading to GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry and GCSE Physics by the end of Year 11.  This is a three year course, starting in Year 9.

Extra-Curricular Activities

The Science Department run a KS3 Science Club and coursework and homework catch-up sessions.  Students also get the opportunity to participate in a variety of Science activities that are offered by the Federation, local colleges and universities throughout the year.

Facilities

The Science teaching and learning area consists of six laboratories, each of which has an interactive whiteboard and multimedia projector, a preparation room and a staff work area.  Students can access wireless laptops which are linked to the internet.