Key Stage 3
In year 7, students have seven lessons each fortnight following a broad and balanced curriculum. Students in year 7 are taught a variety of biology, chemistry and physics units, which emphasise the experimental nature of science. Laboratory techniques and safety are an integral part of the course alongside the theoretical basis of science. The majority of the work is based around thought-provoking experiments which aim to inspire the students as well as develop their skills and knowledge. In year 7 students are not set in science, instead they are taught in their form groups. In year 8, students continue to study the KS3 curriculum. They are set by ability; the setting is based on results from tests in year 7. Year 8 finishes with a science fair, where student complete their own investigation into any area of science that interests them.
At the start of year 9 all students begin their GCSE Science studies. Student will either follow the separate science path; which results in them gaining GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, or they follow the double award course (called “trilogy”) resulting in two Combined Science GCSEs. The GCSE route most appropriate for the students is selected at the start of year 10. Decisions are made based upon results in tests during year 9. Lessons contain theory work, experiments and demonstrations. In Science, students will be taught by one of 15 specialist science teachers and are based in fully-equipped, recently-refurbished laboratories. The outdoor classroom is used fully when studying ecology and the environment.