The science curriculum area comprises a suite of 6 laboratories. All are extremely well equipped, allowing students to enjoy working both in small groups and individually, to develop their investigative skills. Such skills are vital to complement and underpin the deeper scientific knowledge and understanding which develops with maturity. The science curriculum aims to encourage students to discover the excitement and relevance of science, not only by working within the school laboratory, but also within their own lives and homes.
The science curriculum has a well stocked resource area in addition to the science section of the school library; all students in Years 10 and 11 are provided with revision guides to encourage and support home study. Science is put into context in a variety of ways including field trips, visits to scientific lectures, competition entries, industrial visits and visiting speakers and enrichment days.
Students will start learning and preparing for their Core Science GCSE in Year 9 and this will continue throughout Year 10. In Year 11 they then go onto study Additional Science. There is also the option to choose the Triple Sciences (all exams taken at the end of Year 11). Support lessons are provided in preparation for public examinations to assist students in revision and coursework.
The Science department is active in seeking the best for our students, both in their academic success and in extra-curricular opportunities. We are nurturing and expanding links to many outside agencies and groups in order to increase students’ depth of experience. These include: Stimulating Physics Network, STEM, the University of Southampton, IBM, CHaOS (University of Cambridge) and the Winchester Science Centre.
A high grade pass in GCSE Science is also a vital qualification for our students to achieve in order to progress towards a plethora of careers and courses in the future.