Introduction to Science
A high quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Science is vital to the world’s future prosperity. We believe that all students should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods and uses of science. Through building up a body of key knowledge and concepts, students are encouraged to recognise the power of rational thought and develop a sense of curiosity about science in the world around them.
"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest." -Benjamin Franklin
Science at KS3
This is a two year program of study which has no national assessment at its end. Progress is closely monitored over this period to ensure students achieve or exceed their expected target grades each year.
In years 7 and 8, students study a combined science course, incorporating a variety of themes based on Biology, Chemistry, Physics and the Environment. The students are guided and monitored through a thoroughly differentiated course, over the two years, to ensure that they access work that is appropriate to their ability.
Science at KS4
All students start their GCSE course in year 9, allowing for an extended teaching period for the qualification.
At the end of year 11 those students undertaking the Separate Science course will sit a total of six 1hour 45min examinations across the three science disciplines (Physics, Chemistry and Biology) equating to 3 separately named science GCSE’s.
At the end of year 11 those students undertaking the Combined Trilogy Science course will sit a total of six 1 hour 15 min examinations across the three science disciplines (Physics, Chemistry and Biology) equating to 2 science GCSE’s.
(These qualifications are linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course).