Science

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 from them.

Key Stage 3

During Years 7 and 8, pupils follow differentiated schemes of work, covering the main topics such as: -Organisms, Forces, Matter, Ecosystems, Electricity, Genes, Earth, Energy, Waves and Space. 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 topics, using skills such as hypothesising, analysis and evaluation and also 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 AQA options of GCSE Triple Science or GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy.

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 all days for study, catch-up, revision, advice and intervention.
• Science Success Drop-in - For pupils in any year who need extra help with classwork 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.
Every other year, we run a STEM trip to the Eurospace Center in Belgium. This is an extremely popular trip where year 8 and 9 pupils have the opportunity to simulate 5 days in the life of an astronaut. During this time the pupils will visit a castle in Bouillon and take away memories they will never forget.
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 Chester for our Biology students and a Particle Physics Masterclass at Manchester University.
Every year at Easter, 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 Mr Foy. 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 newsletter.

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.

Mr Jake Foy Head of Science (11-18)

Mrs Becki Dowd Assistant Head of Science (11-16)

Mr Simon Bailey Head of Chemistry A-level

Mrs Amy Smith Head of Biology A-level

Dr Tom Maryon Head of Physics A-level

Mrs Clare Carter also Head of Year 8

Mr Rob Costigan also School Counsellor

Miss Stacey Heward also Assistant Head of Year 10

Mrs Sandra Collier also Senior Assistant Headteacher

Mrs Wendy Litherland also Director of Sustainability

Miss Beth Ince

Mrs Carole Flanagan

Mr Martin Redfearn

Dr Simon Halstead

Mrs Amy Gleave

Mr Craig Watts

Lab Technicians

Mr Graham Kay, Mr Philip Braithwaite and Mrs Kath Kenyon (part-time)

Mrs Helen Bonner, Sixth form


Jun 29
Excellent work! Get on with the Science section guys. See you in September. https://t.co/u0YM7NlDWH
Jun 19
RT @StChrisSixth: Are you joining us this September or considering one of our courses? Is there anything you’d like to know before coming i…
Jun 13
RT @eurospacecenter: *Work in progress* Hopefully will we be able to reopen in september :-) https://t.co/yIxobyYzGC