Department Aims

Science is a fascinating subject which at the same time allows people to understand the world they live in and wonder at it.

1. To provide through the exploration and study of science, a coherent educational experience for all pupils which enables them to acquire sufficient knowledge and understanding to:

a) become confident citizens in a technological world, able to take or develop an informed interest in matters of scientific importance;

b) recognise the usefulness and limitations of scientific methods and appreciate their applicability in other disciplines and in everyday life;

c) be encouraged to pursue and be suitably prepared for further studies in science;

d) recognise that the study of science is relevant to everyday life.

2. To develop abilities and skills that:

a) are relevant to the study, practice and application of science;

b) are useful in everyday life;

c) encourage safe practice.

3. To stimulate:

a) curiosity, interest and enjoyment in science and its methods of enquiry;

b) interest in, and care for, the environment;

c) a positive and critical attitude towards scientific analysis and theory.

4. To promote an awareness that:

a) the study and practice of science are co-operative and cumulative activities and are subject to social, economic, technological, ethical and cultural influences and limitations;

b) the applications of science may be both beneficial and detrimental to the individual, the community and the environment;

c) the concepts of science are of a developing and sometimes transient nature;

d) science is part of a balanced whole curriculum for each pupil;

e) science provides equal opportunities for all pupils.


KS3 - Programme of study

The Key Stage 3 Science national curriculum is delivered via the following topics:

For more detail on what each topic contains, and the sequence of lessons, please follow the KS3 Science Programme of Study - this can be a really useful way to support your child in science as it lists the objectives for each lesson, and corresponds directly to the textbooks shown below. For specific detail on each lesson please follow the link to our Key Stage 3 Science Scheme of Work.


To buy textbooks for the course please use the following ISBN details

YEAR 7 (Collins AQA for year 7) 978-0-00-821528-6               YEAR 8 (Collins AQA for year 8) 978-0-00-821529-3



KS4 - Programme of study

Students completing GCSEs in science will cover the following broad topics:




Students can opt to complete 2 GCSEs in science on the 'double' route, or 3 GCSEs in science on the 'separate' route. Both follow the new AQA Specification - please follow the following links below for programmes of study and specifications iin both of these science routes. The programmes of study give you lesson by lesson guidance on what your child will learn and are ideal for supporting their learning at home.


Science Programmes of Study KS4

Specifications (AQA) for KS4

AQA GCSE 'Double Science' Specification

AQA GCSE Biology Specification

AQA GCSE Chemistry Specfication

AQA GCSE Physics Specification


To buy textbooks for the course please use the following ISBN details

2 GCSE - Double Science (AQA Trilogy)                                 

BIOLOGY 978-0-00-817504-7                    CHEMISTRY 978-0-00-817505-4                PHYSICS 978-0-00-817506-1



3 GCSE - Separate Science (AQA Biology, Chemistry, Physics) 

Please note, although these books look similar to those above, there is more content and a different price.

BIOLOGY 978-0-00-815875-0                    CHEMISTRY 978-0-00-815876-7                PHYSICS 978-0-00-815877-4




High standards are expected from pupils at all times in terms of both work and behaviour for learning. Pupils are expected to work independently and most importantly as a team.  Teaching will aim to be innovative and will use a variety of teaching methods in order to suit all learning styles in the classroom.

The science department is committed to providing frequent and inclusive opportunities for learning outside of the classroom. We use the environment that directly surrounds the school to provide innovation in addition to the numerous facilities and learning spaces within the school building.

Pupils are expected to maintain high quality written work and will be expected to present work well with accurate spelling, punctuation, grammar (SPaG) and use of capital letters. Pupils are expected to correct any SPaG errors during dedicated improvement time.

Outside of the classroom pupils are expected to complete homework at the request of the teacher. This will generally be on a weekly basis and will take a variety of forms. All homework is available for pupils, parents and staff to access via Show My Homework. Failure to complete homework will result in sanctions.


Marking and Assessment

Please access the link to our current Assessment Policy.


Exams taken

Students from 2017 will be examined on the new GCSE 1-9 specfication from AQA.

Linear exams and ongoing revision/practice

The new style GCSE requires students to learn and practice the content throughout the 3 year GCSE course. All the exams will now be at the end of year 11, and they are more difficult than previous years science GCSEs. Although this will not affect the number of students achieving certain grades (from 1-9) it does represent a new challenge to students as they prepare. It is really important that students practice thier science skills and revise right through their GCSE course.

Workbooks and Revision Guides:

CGP stock an excellent range of revision guides and workbook combinations for the new 1-9 GCSE - follow this link.


Staff List

Miss R Vause - Curriculum Leader for Science

Mrs R Ferguson - Joint Assistant Curriculum Leader for Science

Mrs L Parkin - Joint Assistant Curriculum Leader for Science

Mrs M Berry - Teacher of Science

Miss R Brooks - Teacher of Science

Mr D Brown - Teacher of Science

Miss R Farrell - Teacher of Science

Mr J Galbraith - Senior Assistant Headteacher

Mr A Hoskins - Teacher of Science

Miss M Hummerston - Teacher of Science

Mrs B Sharples - Teacher of Science / technician

Mrs J Barlow - Senior Technician

Miss H Fitzpatrick - Technician

Extra-curricular activities

How parents can support their children

All the teachers in this department are passionate about science. We will encourage and engender the same sort of wonder in school, but we would appreciate your support in helping pupils access the vast array of information and research available that will help inspire pupils at home. The science department values the support and cooperation of parents in ensuring pupils attend school on time and ready to learn, complete classwork and homework to the highest possible standard and in meeting the standards required in the school behaviour policy. We always recommend that pupils are able to access revision guides and APPs to aid in consolidating their learning. We can recommend BBC Bitesize, Doc Brown, GCSE pod and Collins Connect as useful support tools.