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Learning science enables students to problem solve, think logically, work collaboratively and communicate ideas. It challenges them on a daily basis and empowers them to vocalise their opinions addressing ethical, social and economic issues, which are all essential life skills.

The aim of the science department is to inspire, enthuse and nurture the skills of all students. Our expectations are high and the intention is to raise aspirations and provide pathways and opportunities for students to pursue a wide variety of careers.

We challenge students of all abilities and are proactive in staging many enrichment activities throughout the year. These are designed to both accelerate student learning and highlight the importance and relevance of Science in the world today.

What you will study

Science in years 7 and 8 builds on prior knowledge from key stage 2 and prepares students to start GCSE science in year 9. Students will follow the mastery curriculum which aims to ensure that students have mastered key practical skills, concepts and vocabulary across the three areas of biology, chemistry and physics.

Biology topics include the study of cells, body systems and reproduction. In chemistry, students will study atoms, elements, compounds and chemical reactions, and our physics topics include forces, space, light and sound.

In year 8, students deepen their learning through biology topics such as adaptation and inheritance, ecosystems, health and lifestyle. In chemistry, the periodic table, separation techniques and metals and acids are studied, with physics focusing on energy, motion, pressure, electricity and magnetism.

In year 9, students begin studying for their GCSE examinations, following the AQA specification. This ensures that our students have the opportunity to gain three separate AQA Science GCSE qualifications in biology, chemistry and physics by the end of year 11.

All students will study biology, chemistry and physics as the combined science GCSE covers all three disciplines. At the end of year 10, a decision will be made as to which students will continue studying for either the three separate sciences or the combined science GCSE. All GCSE courses will be examined at the end of year 11. Students will complete a number of core practicals throughout the course, and are tested on these in their final examinations.


The science department offers a range of extra curricular activities including a weekly key stage 3 science club, and the opportunity to carry out group project work leading to a Crest Award. An exciting programme of events runs during British Science Week and a number of educational visits take place throughout the year to inspire our students and enrich our science curriculum.

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