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The Science Department
Head of Department = Mrs A Harley
The science department consists of ten specialist teachers and one full time science technician. The department has six laboratories and two classrooms. The department has a united focus on learners achieving their personal best and developing a love for learning.
Learners in all year groups are working towards GCSE exams with the AQA exam board. These learners will be assessed on the number grade 1-9 system. A linear curriculum is in place, where learners study the new units each year in Biology, Chemistry and Physics (refer to the curriculum guides for additional information). There is still a strong focus on practical skills and learners will be assessed on their knowledge of practical skills through their GCSE exam papers.
The highest achieving learners in year 9 are selected for Triple Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSEs). This starts at the beginning of year 10 and parents will be informed of this decision via letter. All other learners will work towards a combined award worth 2 GCSE’s.
Learners will complete a 1-hour exam paper at the end of each term to assess their progress against all assessment objectives (demonstrate knowledge and understanding, apply knowledge and understanding, analyse information and ideas).
The expectation for home learning is that learners will complete a minimum of one home learning activity per week.
A science club runs every Monday after school for students in years 7 and 8. A variety of activities are completed within the sessions.
Revision sessions for year 11 students run every Monday after school.
Throughout the year a variety of enrichment opportunities take place. Competitions and special sessions will also take place throughout the course of the academic year linked to key events, such as British Science Week.