Welcome to Science

The science department is comprised of eleven teaching staff and three technicians all working collaboratively to ensure students achieve their full potential.

Students are encouraged to investigate the world around them and question why things happen.
Students enjoy the practical nature of the subject and are encouraged to practise their scientific skills and techniques. The department makes sure that all students have a good knowledge and understanding of science through motivational, fun and engaging lessons.

Meet the team


Mr N Dwyer

Head of Department and Teacher of Physics

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Mrs A Lockwood

Lead Teacher - Science

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Mrs L Carter

Second in Department and Teacher of Biology

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Miss B Brown

Teacher of Science

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Miss D Goodfellow

Teacher of Chemistry

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Mr J McDougall-Stone

Teacher of Science

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Mr R Smith

Teacher of Science

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Mrs A Bate

Assistant Principal and Teacher of Biology

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Mrs J Parkes

Teacher of Science

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Mrs N Rai

Associate Director of Science

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Mrs S Pepper

Teacher of Biology

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Key Stage 3

We offer a broad curriculum at KS3 comprising of biology, chemistry and physics topics.

The biology topics include: Cells, tissues, organs and systems, muscles and bones, ecosystems, plant Science, genes, reproduction, evolution and respiration.

The chemistry topics include: Matter, mixtures and separation, acids and alkalis, reactions, atoms, elements and compounds, the Earth, the Universe and natural resources.

The physics topics include: Energy, electricity, forces, sound, magnetism, light, waves and heating and cooling.

Key Stage 4

At KS4 we offer AQA GCSE combined Science which will provided two GCSEs for all pupils covering topics from GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Some pupils may also be able to study all three separate Sciences to gain three GCSEs in Science.

GCSE topics for all pupils include:


  • 1. Cell biology
  • 2. Organisation
  • 3. Infection and response
  • 4. Bioenergetics
  • 5. Homeostasis and response
  • 6. Inheritance, variation and evolution
  • 7. Ecology


  • 8. Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • 9. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
  • 10. Quantitative chemistry
  • 11. Chemical changes
  • 12. Energy changes
  • 13. The rate and extent of chemical change
  • 14. Organic chemistry
  • 15. Chemical analysis
  • 16. Chemistry of the atmosphere
  • 17. Using resources


  • 18. Energy
  • 19. Electricity
  • 20. Particle model of matter
  • 21. Atomic structure
  • 22. Forces
  • 23. Waves
  • 24. Magnetism and electromagnetism

Separate Science pupils will study additional subject content within each of the topics listed above.

All GCSEs are awarded from 100% examination marks. Controlled assessment marks are no longer counted towards the final grade. However, pupils will continue to undertake practical work in lessons and have a number of required practicals to complete during the course.

Legacy GCSE qualifications (current Year 11 only)

Current y11 pupils will, in the 2016-2017 academic year, continue with the AQA core and additional Science qualifications which provides two separate GCSEs in Science. Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics are studied in each GCSE.

Separate Science pupils study additional topics in Biology, Chemistry and Physics and will gain three GCSEs in Science.

25% of each GCSE in Science comes from a controlled assessment mark which is awarded following successful completion of a scientific investigation conducted in our Academy laboratories and two examination papers testing understanding of the practical approaches used.

Key Stage 5

Biology – Year 12 AQA, Year 13 OCR
Year 12 topics: Cells, exchange, transport, molecules, biodiversity, food and health.
Year 13 topics: Communication, homeostasis, energy, control, genomes and the environment.

Chemistry – Year 12 AQA, Year 13 OCR
Year 12 topics: Atoms, bonds, groups, chains, energy and resources.
Year 13 topics: Rings, polymers, analysis, equilibria, energetics and elements.

Year 12 topics: Particles, quantum phenomena, waves, mechanics, materials and waves.
Year 13 topics: Momentum, circular motion, simple harmonic motion, fields, electromagnetism, nuclear physics, radioactivity, astrophysics.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science – Edexcel
BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science – Edexcel
Coursework units covered:

1 Fundamentals of Science
2 Working in the Science Industry
3 Scientific Investigations
4 Practical Scientific Techniques
5 Perceptions of Science
6/7 Mathematics in Science

10 Using Science in the Work Place
11 Physiology of Human Body Systems
12 Physiology of Human Regulation and Reproduction
15 Microbiological Techniques
16 Chemistry for Biology Technicians
23 Science for Environmental Technicians

SMSC (Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural)