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A Brief Introduction to the Science Department



A curriculum that inspires awe and wonder, whilst empowering students to scientific success and preparing them for the wider world.

“Our ambition is to plan and teach an inspiring and memorable science curriculum that inducts students into what Michael Young calls “powerful knowledge”: the knowledge, skills and articulacy that allow access to humanity’s most rewarding endeavours. We seek to show our students the wonders of the Universe: from the atoms and their interactions that explain the behaviour of matter to the depths of space and the origins of our existence. Scientific understanding brings empowerment in explaining a potentially infinite range of phenomena using concise and elegant principles: we seek to teach these principles and their application. The scientific method sets science apart from other disciplines with regard to our truth-claims: we will teach our students the elements of this method and its relationship to society”. 

In science, lessons are planned to engage and inspire students. Students are provided with opportunities to discuss scientific concepts, observe scientific phenomena, and investigate scientific hypotheses.

KS3 (Year 7 and 8)

Students are taught core knowledge and concepts which traverse all three disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, enabling students to not only make inter curricular, but also cross curricular links.

Year 7

  1. Introduction to the Science Laboratory
  2. Chemistry Fundamentals
  3. Particle Model of Matter
  4. Cell Biology
  5. Chemical Reactions
  6. Energy
  7. Solutions and Separations
  8. 4 Fundamental Forces
  9. The Human Body
  10. Radioactivity

Year 8

  1. Photosynthesis
  2. Metals and their Reactions
  3. Astronomy and Cosmology
  4. Classification
  5. Motion
  6. Forces
  7. Waves
  8. Acids and Alkalis
  9. Electricity
  10. Ecology

KS4 (Year 9, 10 and 11)

At Key Stage 4 most students follow AQA GCSE Combined Science Trilogy. The specification covers Biology, Chemistry and Physics. This is a linear course with all the examinations at the end of year 11. Students will sit six examinations, two in Biology, two in Chemistry and two in Physics. Each examination is one hour and fifteen minutes in length and worth 16.7% of the final grade. Students can be entered at either Foundation or Higher tier and will attain the equivalent of two GCSEs at 9-1 grades.


  1. Cell Biology
  2. Organisation
  3. Infection and Response
  4. Bioenergetics
  5. Homeostasis and Response
  6. Inheritance, Variation, and Evolution
  7. Ecology


  1. Atomic Structure
  2. Bonding, Structure, and the Properties of Matter
  3. Quantitative Chemistry
  4. Chemical Changes
  5. Energy Changes
  6. The Rate and Extent of Chemical Change
  7. Organic Chemistry
  8. Chemical Analysis
  9. Chemistry of the Atmosphere
  10. Using Resources


  1. Energy
  2. Particle Model of Matter
  3. Electricity
  4. Atomic Structure
  5. Forces
  6. Waves
  7. Magnetism and Electromagnetism

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