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Department Staff

Teaching

  • Mr S Brock – Head of Faculty
  • Mrs J Dunkley – Lead Practitioner of Biology
  • Mr M Leake – Assistant Head and Lead Practitioner of Chemistry
  • Mrs D Eaglestone – Lead Practitioner of Physics
  • Miss L Allen - Chemistry 
  • Mr P Larter – Assistant Headteacher, Joint Head of Sixth Form, Chemistry
  • Mrs G Marsh - Biology (part-time)
  • Mrs H Morgan - Physics (part - time)
  • Mr L du Toit - Chemistry
  • Mr B Stephens - Biology (part - time)

Non - Teaching

  • Mrs J Waller - Laboratory Manager
  • Miss K Harris - Biology Technician
  • Mr A Percy - Physics Technician

Faculty Introduction

Science and technology impacts on everyone, everyday: from mobile phones to food additives, from medicines to computers, and more. As a faculty we firmly believe that an understanding of scientific concepts is not simply for those students wishing to pursue science as a career. All students need to be able to understand advances in science and technology in order to make informed decisions as citizens.  The courses offered at all key stages reflect this need to develop students’ critical evaluation of scientific evidence, as well as develop knowledge and understanding for students to be successful in science qualifications post-16.      

Key Stage 3

Science at key stage 3 is delivered over two years. The course offered is based upon the Pearson Longman KS3 syllabus. Each unit of study addresses one of the aspects from the core science areas of biology, chemistry or Physics.  Each topic will be assessed by a combination of formative activities throughout the teaching of the topic and a summative test at the end of the module.  A synoptic paper will be taken at the end of Year 7 and Year 8 to show progress throughout this vital, bedrock key stage.

Key Stage 4

All Key Stage 4 students study separate sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) at GCSE level, using the Edexcel 9-1 suite of qualifications.

Each subject area is broken down into key topic areas and key skills.  Key skills are assessed through a range of core practical activities and further examined in synoptic papers at the end of year 11.  Internal assessment will comprise of summative and formative work, and each year will have an end of year exam.  Each subject consists of 2 examination papers, 1 hour and 45 minutes in duration.

Key Stage 5

Common to all courses at KS5 is practical work relating to the course being studied.  All pupils are graded against the same criteria to demonstrate capability in their chosen Science.  These practical skills are further examined in their synoptic exam papers taken at the end of Year 13.

Biology

We offer the Edexcel GCE Biology specification. Students continue to develop their understanding of How Science Works, building on understanding from KS4. 

A level paper 1 (1 hour 45 minutes, 30% of qualification)

  • Energy for biological processes • Microbiology and pathogens • Modern genetics

A level paper 2 (1 hour 45 minutes, 30% of qualification)

  • Origins of genetic variation • Control systems • Ecosystems

A level paper 3 (2 hours 30 minutes, 40% of qualification)

  • General paper assessing topics across the qualification • Experimental methods (including questions on core practical tasks)

Practical assessment

•There are 16 core practicals that cover all of the 12 techniques required for the practical competency measure. • Knowledge of all core practicals can be tested within exam papers. • Core practicals form part of the practical competency assessment.

Practical assessment

•There are 16 core practicals that cover all of the 12 techniques required for the practical competency measure. • Knowledge of all core practicals can be tested within exam papers. • Core practicals form part of the practical competency assessment.

Chemistry

Students continue developing their understanding of scientific method and how chemists contribute to industry and research.

Students will develop their quantitative and qualitative analysis, prepare compounds and solve both practical and numerical problems.

A level paper 1 (1 hour 45 minutes, 30% of qualification)

  • Equilibrium • Acid-base equilibria • Energetics • Redox • Transition metals

A level paper 2 (1 hour 45 minutes, 30% of qualification)

  • Kinetics • Organic chemistry II • Organic chemistry III • Modern analytical techniques

A level paper 3 (2 hours 30 minutes, 40% of qualification)

  • General paper assessing topics across the qualification • Experimental methods (including questions on core practical tasks)

Practical assessment

•There are 16 core practicals that cover all of the 12 techniques required for the practical competency measure. • Knowledge of all core practicals can be tested within exam papers. • Core practicals form part of the practical competency assessment.

Physics

Students continue looking into subjects covered at GCSE and to cover new areas.
 

A level paper 1 (1 hour 45 minutes, 30% of qualification)

  • Further mechanics • Electric and magnetic fields • Nuclear and particle physics

A level paper 2 (1 hour 45 minutes, 30% of qualification)

  • Thermodynamics • Space • Nuclear radiation • Gravitational fields • Oscillations

A level paper 3 (2 hours 30 minutes, 40% of qualification)

  • General paper assessing topics across the qualification • Experimental methods (including questions on core practical tasks)

Enrichment

Students of all abilities are encouraged to participate in various enrichment activities. In addition to relevant visits and trips as part of the curriculum, for example GCSE Science Live, we offer the following opportunities to students:

KS3

  • STEM club
  • Salters Chemistry Challenge
  • Science extravaganza
  • Robot challenge
  • Lego league competition (with technology)
  • Alien egg lander competition
  • Little Big Bang Fair
  • Inspire Engineering trip

KS4

  • Salters Chemistry Camp
  • Mentoring Year 5 pupils during forensics days
  • GCSE Science Live

KS5

  • UCL visit 
  • Senior students in each science
  • Nuffield student summer bursaries for placements
  • Assisting with STEM club
  • Mentoring KS4 science students