SCIENCE

Welcome to the Science Department

The Science department comprises sixteen full time teaching staff and four dedicated laboratory technicians. At Key Stage 3 in Year 7 and Year 8, each Science class is taught by one Science teacher. A topic based approach is used to cover key aspects of the content.  From Year 9 onwards, subject specialists teach the separate sciences: Biology, Chemistry and Physics. At Key Stage 4, students choose to follow a three GCSE or two GCSE programme. Many students elect to carry on their Science studies into the Sixth Form. The department offers both the AS/A-level course and the International Baccalaureate.

As Science is a practical subject, we are fortunate to have the facilities of twelve fully equipped laboratories. We have recently invested in updating our data logging equipment, so all students will experience using up to date measurement and analysis equipment as part of their normal Science studies.

Science offers a range of extra-curricular activities. For the younger students, the Science club allows enthusiastic junior scientists the opportunity to plan and carry out exciting practical work based on their area of interest. For the Senior students, the department runs a lecture programme on a wide range of interesting topics. In the past, these have included, Flying, The Science of Chocolate, The Theory of Evolution and Medical Ethics. Popular Science trips in the past few years have included the Hidd Power Station and the Cardiac Department at the BDF hospital where the students have the opportunity to observe open heart surgery.

Science students at St Christopher’s are enthusiastic and committed to academic success in the subject. The excellent results at GCSE, AS/A-level and IB are a testament to the students’ hard work and the dedication and expertise of the Science department’s teaching staff.

 

Stuart Dodson               Head of Science

 




Last update: 8 June 2015