Department vision:

"We will ignite a sense of awe and wonder in our students, fostering curiosity in Science and nurturing a growing knowledge in Scientific literacy to shape the world in which we live."

Key Stage 3

The Science department aims to ensure that every child is able to understand and critically evaluate any scientific problem that they may be faced with in an ever-changing and challenging world

. Through the courses that we offer, we seek to provide an inspiring range of experiences both inside and outside of the classroom.

What will my child be studying?

This is an example of the aught in Science during years 7, 8 and 9:


Different Forces, Gravity and  Speed


Voltage, Resistance, Magnets  and Electromagnets


Energy Sources, Costs and  Transfers


Light and Sound


Particle Model, Periodic Table  and Separating Mixtures


Metals/Non-metals,  Acids/Alkalis and Types of Reaction

Earth &  Space

Earth’s Structure, The Solar  System and The Universe


Cells, Tissues, Organs and  Movement


Food Chains/Webs,  Interdependence and Plant Reproduction


Inheritance, Variation and  Human Reproduction

How will my child be assessed in Key Stage 3?

Pupils are assessed against the Key Stage 3 specification, as set out by AQA. The assessment of which consists of personalised assessments set by their classroom teachers, end of unit tests and formal end of year exams that are sat by the entire cohort. Pupils will also be required to demonstrate understanding of ‘How Science Works’ through practical experiments in lessons.

What equipment will my child need?

Parents can help their children by ensuring they are prepared for lessons with the correct equipment. This includes a pen, pencil, ruler and protractor as well as a scientific calculator.

How can I support my child through Key Stage 3?

As a parent or carer you have a pivotal role to play in supporting your children in their learning at home and undoubtedly you have the greatest influence on the achievement of your child.  Therefore, we would like you to take every opportunity to support your child with their online Educake science homework and revision throughout the year.  In addition to this you can use our website as a signpost to range of high quality learning resources to support your children in their learning.

What revision guides would you recommend?

We recommend you buy your child the KS3 Science Complete Study and Practice revision. A link to this revision guide is provided here.

Extra-curricular Opportunities

Science club and our other extracurricular opportunities allow our students to take on engineering challenges, carry out fun and exciting scientific investigations and learn about where STEM subjects can take them.

Key Stage 4

AQA Combined Science: Trilogy covers the Biology, Chemistry and Physics content required at GCSE and to progress into further education.

What will I learn?

The Science curriculum offers a range of pathways which enable all students to excel. Each pathway covers the prescribed programme of study for AQA Science at KS4, as set out by and based upon the National Curriculum.

Most pupils will be thoroughly prepared to sit an AQA Combined Science: Trilogy qualification at the end of Year 11.This course allows students time to fully embed, develop and apply the skills and knowledge that are required to be successful in their final Science exams. This course will lead to 2 GCSE Science qualifications.

Lessons will focus on delivering the content of Biology, Chemistry and Physics through theory and practical-based lessons. Other aspects of the skills, knowledge and understanding of ‘How Science Works’ will be developed through investigative work using a ‘practical enquiry’ approach to the teaching. This course provides a good foundation for progression to traditional academic A-Levels.

How will I be assessed?

Combined Science (AQA Trilogy): Equivalent to 2 Science GCSEs. Most students will sit 2 exams for each Science discipline (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) at the end of Year 11. Each exam will last for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

If you are selected, you may follow the Triple Science pathway.

Triple Science (AQA): Equivalent to 3Separate Science GCSEs. If selected for this pathway, students will sit 2 exams for each discipline (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) at the end of Year 11. Each exam will last for 1 hour 45 minutes.

What could I move onto?

Studying Science will broaden your understanding of the world around you, may allow you to influence and develop accepted scientific knowledge and will give you the skills needed to approach most matters in a reasoned and analytical manner. As such, it is a highly valued core subject, helping students develop sought after, transferrable skills which are applicable to a huge range of areas. Key Stage 4 Science will provide students with the foundation required for them to access A-Level Science subjects or alternative Post-16 courses.