The world and our society are constantly changing as new scientific discoveries are made and new problems encountered; science is the key to understanding these. At the heart of science lies ‘the scientific method’, which teaches us to critically investigate the world around us and explain our findings. Science encourages young people to seek answers to questions through collecting, analysing and presenting data.
Miss Lawrie, Head of Science
In Key Stage 3 Science, students follow the Exploring Science scheme of work until the end of Year 8. This course provides students with a course that mirrors the new EDEXCEL 1-9 GCSE and so ensures students are following the correct route to GCSE success. We look at the progress at the end of Key Stage 3 to decide on the best route through Key Stage 4.
Science at Key Stage 4
From Year 9 onwards students follow a Combined Science or Separate Science route.
Examination Board: Edexcel
Specification Name: GCSE (9-1) Combined Science
Link: GCSE Combined Science
This route follows a mixed programme of Biology, Chemistry and Physics and leads to two qualifications in Combined Science.
Separate Science is the most demanding route through Science and prepares students for study of the subject at A Level and beyond. The course includes detailed study of Biology, Chemistry and Physics courses that lead to a separate GCSE in each subject.
We run a variety of trips, including ecology-based visits to local nature reserves and forests and visits to museums on Intensive Study Days.
Extra-curricular trips are a regular occurrence, including visits for so-called ‘experience days’ at universities including Edge Hill, Liverpool John Moores and The University of Liverpool. In KS3, students have access to a variety of STEM enrichment opportunities such as the Salters Festival of Chemistry and visits to Chester Zoo.
Miss K Lawrie: Head of Department / Key Stage 4 Coordinator
Ms H Geeson: Key Stage 3 Coordinator/ Pupil Premium
Mr A Samy: Teacher of Science, Assistant Headteacher
Miss M Carey: Teacher of Science, Vocational Coordinator
Mrs M Hargreaves: Teacher of Science
Mr T Wilkinson: Teacher of Science
Ms G Smith: Teacher of Science, Professional Mentor
Miss L Donahey: Teacher of Science
Mr J Beattie: Teacher of Science
Mr S Bryan: Technician