As a core National Curriculum subject science is compulsory and occupies a significant proportion of the teaching week for all pupils in the lower and middle school. It is also an increasingly important area in modern life - we all depend in many ways on the application of science and today everyone must be able to take their part in the many debates as to how science should be used for the good of all. Concern for the planet is demanding a shift from a philosophy of growth to one of sustainability, and this will provide significant new challenges to the scientists and citizens of the future.
Courses, at all levels, have been developed in recent years and are continually evolving to meet the needs of frequently changing curricula. Opportunities to build links with local businesses are encouraged throughout the department allowing pupils to observe how aspects of the science learnt in the classroom can be applied.
The philosophy of the department is to provide a sound scientific literacy for all and to underpin further study for those who will continue to A-level and beyond.
The Science Department has five laboratories, one of which underwent major refurbishment in the Spring of 2012. Four of the laboratories occupy a suite on the first floor which also incorporates preparation rooms and lift access, ensuring efficient servicing for the fifth lab.
Science is taught as an integrated course in Y7 allowing pupils to become familiar with their surroundings and build a sound base knowledge. From Y8 onwards biology, chemistry and physics are taught separately by teachers who are subject specialists with the aim of building an identity for each subject area within science through to A level study. At Key Stage 4 approximately half the students in each year (two sets) will study for a separate GCSE exam in each of the three sciences. The remaining students study for two GCSEs in Science, Core science being completed in Year 10 and Additional Science in Year 11.
A healthy number of pupils opt to study the Sciences at A level where they study the AQA course in Biology, OCR in Physics and Edexcel in Chemistry.
The Science Department supports the delivery of the curriculum in a variety of ways both in and out of lessons. A successful STEM club meets throughout the year and is open to students in all year groups. The STEM club helps students to expand their leadership and teamwork skills whilst bringing together aspects of Science, Technology and Maths. A variety of trips are offered to pupils throughout the year, many of which link to other departments in the school. These have included trips to Fenland laundries (business and microbiology), Whipsnade zoo (biology and phsychology) and Walkers Crisps (Science and business). Pupils are also given the opportunity to listen to famous scientists talk about their work and recent scientific developments at events such as the Sir Isaac Newton Lecture and GCSE Science Live!
- Mr R Ainsworth
- Miss C Brady (Science Technician)
- Mr M Dowse
- Mr J Gower
- Mr S Hood
- Mrs K Johnson (Subject Leader)
- Mrs M Steele
- Mrs N Wood