The Science Department is jointly headed by Mr. Hensman and Dr. Sykesud. Within Science there are the Biology, Chemistry and Physics Departments, with Science taught as a mixed subject in Years 7 and 8.
Most science teaching takes place within the Science Centre. This is a bold, three-storey building, with Biology housed on the Ground Floor, Chemistry on the Second Floor and Physics in the middle. Each floor has its preparation room. There are also three Science Laboratories in the General Science area, one of which is the priority venue for our STEM programme’s activities. As our emphasis is upon practical science, most laboratories are equipped with gas and water supplies, with the usual interactive IT equipment.
Mrs. Williamson is the Head of Biology, Mr. Hensman the Head of Physics and Dr. Sykesud the Head of Chemistry. In Mrs. Williamson’s temporary absence, Mr. Parry is acting Biology Co-ordinator, whilst maintaining his roles involving the development of CASE and the arranging of visits and visitors. Other positions of responsibility within the Science Department are held by Dr. Boorman (Ogden Trust), Miss Hockin (Key Stage 3), Dr. Purcell (STEM Programme Co-ordination, UCAS) and Mrs. Uberoi (Key Stage 4.)
Other Science staff include: Mrs. Bocancea, Miss Brown, Mr. Cochrane, Mr. Collins, Mr. Evans, Mr. de Groot, Miss Hockin, Mr. Jelski, Mrs. Lyons, Mr. McGregor, Mr. Page, Dr. Pozzi, Mrs. Wallis and Mrs. Weston.
Key Stage 3
Our Key Stage 3 scheme of work is custom-written and is covered in Years 7 and 8. In Year 7, boys are taught by one Science teacher in form groups. They are then partially placed in sets and taught Science by another teacher in Year 8.
The teaching of CASE (Cognitive Acceleration through Science Education) is a feature of KS3. This approach focuses upon a student’s learning how to learn through the development of thinking skills. CASE lessons are integrated into the scheme of work.
In Year 7, the boys study themes from the three main scientific disciplines. These may include cells and reproduction, microbes and disease, classification and the environment; chemical reactions and interacting particles; heating, cooling and energy resources. In Year 8, these themes are developed to include plants, inheritance and selection, respiration; environmental chemistry and the reactivity of metals; space, electricity, magnets.
Key Stage 4
All students are taught in separate Biology, Chemistry and Physics classes. From Year 9 all of the boys make a common start on the GCSE course, which now is an AQA scheme.
We are in a phase of transition. Most boys in Years 10 and 11 take the three Cambridge IGCSE “Triple Science” qualifications at the end of Year 11, whilst a selection take the AQA “Double Science” award, with GCSEs in Science and Additional Science. The boards’ websites that include further information about these courses are Biology-0610 Chemistry-0620 Physics-0625 Science-a-4405 and Additional-science-4408. Boys in the current Year 9 will all follow an AQA scheme, either gaining three GCSEs or the new ‘Combined Science’ double GCSE in Year 11.
Key Stage 5
A Levels in Biology, Chemistry and Physics are offered. Chemistry and Physics take their examinations through the Welsh Joint Education Committee, or WJEC, whilst the Biology Department has settled on the Edexcel course from this year’s Lower Sixth. The Upper Sixth take WJEC courses for all three subjects. These represent the most suitably academic and rigorous courses for our requirements. The WJEC has details of these courses on its website, whilst details of the new Edexcel course can be found here.