The aim of the Science department is to make learning about how things work interesting and exciting and to make all students enthusiastic about learning scientific ideas, encouraging the scientists of the future. We want to develop all students’ scientific skills and in an ever developing scientific world, ensure that all our students can embrace new ideas, apply what they learn in lessons to aid them in understanding of the world around them.
The Science department has five fully equipped science labs. Students are taught in topics that cover aspects of biology, chemistry and physics. The practical work they complete in the labs will range from dissections of hearts and lungs (biology), making sparklers and investigating the conditions of combustion (chemistry) and exploring friction and the energy stored in a spring (physics). All of our science staff are fully qualified science experts and teach in all science disciplines. Lessons are a mixture of practical and theory work, with students fully utilising iPads and other technology.
The science staff share a love of learning and understanding how the world works, and feel that imparting this enthusiasm to the students is a key part of their job. We have six full-time science teachers and one part-time. These are supported by two full-time science technicians.
The science Instagram page is very popular in school and is regularly updated by Miss Edwards with lots of things including science in the news, revision tips, competitions and examples of students work.
The science department runs a lunch-time science club that is well attended by students in Key Stage 3, although it is open to all year groups. Science booster classes are held each week and are well attended by our Key Stage 4 students.
Mr Farr is our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) lead and organises regular events with local businesses where students get to see and meet people who work in scientific areas. As well as this we run a yearly trip to the Big Bang Science Fair in Birmingham, where students get to experience a wider range of STEM subjects.