Science is a core subject that pupils study from Year 7 until Year 11. Students are required to obtain at least one GCSE in Science in order to meet the requirements of the English Baccalaureate. Pupils are taught for three hours a week in Years 7, 8 and 9 and 4 hours a week in Years 10 and 11. We have a wealth of combined experience with six full time Teachers, one Higher Level Teaching Assistant and a dedicated technician within the department.

The department is extremely well resourced; we have five dedicated laboratories and a wide variety of apparatus and equipment. There is a real focus on practical work throughout our curriculum and we endeavour to make Science lessons fun and exciting whilst teaching pupils to become more responsible and develop useful skills. We also have a successful Astronomy Club. This year they have used the school telescope to observe the stars and been on a trip to the observatory in Kielder. We engage all three schools with a variety of activities and this year have successfully bred chickens! We have also taken a group of students to the Science laboratories in Durham University.

We currently offer the following courses at Key Stage 4, there are several options which allow us to choose the most suitable pathways for our pupils.

Triple Science (Chemistry, Biology and Physics, one GCSE in each)
Core and Additional Science or Core and Applied Science (Worth two GCSEs)
Level 2 BTEC Applied Science (Coursework based qualification, equivalent to two GCSEs)

Pupils begin their Key Stage 4 course in Year 9 and will have their first GCSE examination in March during the same academic year. They will also produce some GCSE level coursework.

Our examination results are going from strength to strength; increasing numbers of students are leaving at the end of Y11 with at least two GCSEs in Science.

Anita Chipchase
Science Subject Leader