Key Stage 3
During Year 7 and Year 8 students are taught the three sciences through a series of topics.
We follow the New Collins Scheme which covers the recently updated KS3 national curriculum. We want students to enjoy Science and we have a well-resourced department where practical work and creative activities are valued. We aim to develop communication skills, scientific literacy, data analysis and ICT skills. Students will be encouraged to solve problems, undertake practical work and to understand how scientific concepts develop.
There is a Science Club and we organise science trips each year.
There is an end of year exam in Year 7 and Year 8. Practical skills are assessed throughout the year, with some work taking the form of more extensive lab reports, which combine multiple skills, including practical work and written communication.
In Year 9 students begin studying for their GCSEs. From September 2015 this will be for the new science GCSEs (to be assessed in 2018). There will be an exam on the GCSE work studied at the end of Year 9.
Key Stage 4
Students study courses in Science provided by Edexcel. Students will either be studying for two science GCSEs in Core and Additional Science, or will be studying Triple Science in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. In Core and Additional Science students will study topics from across Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
Students studying Core and Additional Science will sit their Core Science GCSE at the end of Year 10 and their Additional Science GCSE at the end of Year 11. Each GCSE has three exams and a controlled assessment worth 25%.
Students studying Triple Science will study the content from core and Additional Science as well as a further extension module for each subject. Each subject is made up of three exams and a controlled assessment worth 25%. All Triple Science exams take place at the end of Year 11.
Post 16 Education
Post 16 we offer specialist teaching of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Psychology at AS and A Level.