Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8, 9)

All students study a range of topics, broadly based on the KS3 National Curriculum, and will spend equal time on Biology, Chemistry and Physics based units. Students will also develop their investigative skills to prepare them for the challenges of the new KS4 specifications. In the second half of Year 9 students start topics that are relevant to their GCSE course.

In Years 7 and 8 the students are taught in their form groups. In Year 9 students are set according to their assessment  results and progress in the previous 2 years. 

Additional KS3 information

Key Stage 4 (Years 10, 11)

All students entering Year 10 after September 2016 will follow the AQA Science specifications. Students either follow the Combined Science (Trilogy) course or complete 3 separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The different routes share most of the same content except those taking the triple route will cover additional topics over the 2 years to extend their knowledge of some more advanced aspects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. In Year 10 all students will initially study the content common to both routes.  Students who make good progress will have the opportunity to complete the extra content required for the Separate Science exams in the second half of Year 10 and in Year 11.

More details in KS4 brochure

Key Stage 5 (Sixth Form)

  • Biology - Examination board: AQA
  • Chemistry - Examination board: OCR – Specification OCR(A)
  • Physics - Examination board: Edexcel  

More details in Sixth Form Brochure

Departmental Team

Dr W Fosdike (Head of Department and Subject Leader: Chemistry)
Miss C Lyle (Subject Leader: Biology)
Mr J Minton (Second in Department)
Mrs H Offord (Deputy Head of Department and Subject Leader: Physics)
Mrs R Arif-Vardy
Mr S Flint
Mrs T Ferguson
Mr J Hussain
Mr J Jones
Miss J Murthwaite
Mrs J Wilkinson

Technicians and Support

Mr D Rees (Senior Laboratory Techicians)
Mrs L Kimber (Technician)
Miss A Robinson (Technician)
Mrs L Ferguson (Higher Level Teaching Assistant)