Senior - Science

Science stimulates and excites students’ curiosity about phenomena and events in the world around them. It also satisfies this curiosity with knowledge. Because science links practical experience with ideas, it can engage learners at many levels. Scientific method is about developing and evaluating explanations through experimental evidence and modelling. This is a spur to critical and creative thought. Through science, students understand how major scientific ideas contribute to technological change – impacting on industry, business and medicine and improving the quality of life. Students recognise the cultural significance of science and trace its worldwide development. They learn to question and discuss science-based issues that may affect their own lives, the direction of society and the future of the world.

In Years 7,8 & 9 we follow the "Key Stage 3 Science" course by Collins. In Years 7 & 8 Science is taught as a combined subject covering topics from all three Science disciplines: Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

From Year 9 onwards, girls are taught in sets and have specialist teachers for Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Our courses have been revised internally in order to best prepare pupils for the GCSE course.

In Years 10 & 11, all students will gain at least two GCSEs in Science via the Combined Science route. Students can also choose Triple Science from the option block and will gain three GCSEs at the end of the course.

For both, the Combined Science as well as the Triple Science route we follow the AQA specifications.

Year 8 pupils at the 2015 Salters Festival in Cambridge