Science is the study of the world around us - by learning science you learn HOW to study and learn.

You learn all about the world that we live in - how things work, what living things there are, how things happen. It helps you to understand your own body and your health, how living things are all connected and why it is important that we preserve our planet. It helps us understand invisible things like energy and force and the distant Universe, as well as how molecules and atoms react together, and how there are patterns and structures in the world around us.

Most importantly, the study of science is fun and also challenging. We don't know the answers to all sorts of mysteries, but trying to find out those answers is great fun!!

We aim to help all children fulfil their potential, regardless of race or gender. We encourage pupils to participate positively in mixed groups, working in pairs or small groups, as well as fostering their ability to work confidently and independently. It is our aim to provide a safe and yet challenging learning environment, where pupils feel comfortable to take risks with their learning, to make mistakes and to learn through them.

Key Stage 3

During Years 7 and 8, pupils follow differentiated schemes of work, covering the main topics such as :- Cells, Reproduction, Energy, Electricity, Particles, Habitats and Reactions. Assessments take place each term using a variety of activities, including written and practical. Every term pupils complete a 'Creative Homework' project from a list of choices.

In Year 9 pupils study a 'Foundation to GCSE' year, which incorporates introductory GCSE work with the key skills needed for GCSE study. Typical topics include cells and microscopy, atoms and matter and reactivity and forces . Pupils gain confidence in those key skills, such as hypothesising, analysis and evaluation, through investigational and independent work.

Key Stage 4

We are delighted to be able to offer a range of paths for GCSE study. Pupils are recommended to follow the Triple Science route if they are intending to pursue Science A-levels. Pupils can currently choose to study either three or two GCSEs from the OCR GCSE Suite, which includes GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics, or GCSE Science and Additional Science. As part of these courses, pupils will need to complete Controlled Assessments which account for 25% of each GCSE. From September 2016, we will be following the AQA options of GCSE Triple Science or GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy.

To view the full OCR GCSE Science Suite, please click HERE 

Staff

We are a dedicated team of full time science teachers, working with dedicated support staff, to deliver the very best in Teaching so that every pupil enjoys Science and experiences the highest quality learning. We are housed in 9 laboratories as well as two small but well organised Preparation Rooms.

  • Mrs C Flanagan (Head of Science)
  • Mrs J Bancroft
  • Mr P Hunt
  • Mr S Bailey
  • Mr R Costigan
  • Mrs C Carter
  • Miss S Heward
  • Mrs W Litherland
  • Mrs A Smith
  • Mr D Fishwick
  • Mr J Foy

As well as teaching Science, the team have many roles throughout the school including Deputy Head Teacher, Head of Year, Assistant Heads of Year, Gifted & Talented Co-ordinator, Science Clubs and Trips, Eco-Co-ordinator, Staff Governors plus much more!

Lab Technicians

  • Mr G Kay
  • Mr M Gudgeon
  • Mr P Braithwaite (part-time)

SEN / Administration

  • Mrs K Kenyon

Enrichment

We organise fun learning activities, which take place outside of lessons, so that even more pupils will be inspired to achieve their very best in all the sciences.

* Science Café - We are extremely fortunate to have our own small ICT Suite within the Science Department in room 8. This acts as our own lunchtime Science Cafe! The room is open most days for study, catch-up, revision or advice. 

* Science Success Drop-in - For pupils in any year who need extra help with class work or homework. Attended by Science Ambassadors.

Trips

Every year, year 9 pupils have the opportunity to listen to world famous scientists and leading edge researchers at Science Live! in the Autumn term.

Our sixth formers attend various master classes at local Universities to enhance their studies - recent examples are the Institute of Materials Open Day at Manchester University, a Chemistry master class at Lancaster University, a residential field trip to Whitby for our Biology students and a Particle Physics Master class at Manchester University.

Every year in July we run a trip to CERN in Geneva for Lower Sixth students.

Residential courses are always popular for our pupils, and small groups of pupils have attended residential Easter and Summer schools over recent years.

Lower and Upper Sixth activities continue to develop, as the Sixth Form programme is established. The focus is aspirational, using visits and lectures to expand career ideas as well as using local universities and employers to inspire further study.

Science Ambassadors

Each school year we will select 'Ambassadors' by application to Mrs Flanagan. They attend lunchtime or after school clubs to help younger students, help out with Science events and activities or within the Department itself, preparing displays or articles for the Science section of the school magazine.

Types of ambassadors are: - Science Club Ambassadors, Science Cafe Ambassadors, Science General Ambassadors, Science Emperors (two years' service).

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