The aim of the department is to engage and enthuse students about the wonders of Chemistry; we encourage students to learn not only facts but about the real world context of the subject helping pupils gain a full appreciation of the scientific method.
Throughout all key stages we endeavor to increase practical skills, numeracy, problem-solving ability and the capacity for independent study.
Ultimately encouraging students to become autonomous learners.
Taught by teachers who are approachable, have a wealth of experience, and a genuine interest and enthusiasm for the subject; they motivate every student to achieve, if not exceed, their potential.
At KS3 we follow the national curriculum framework using Collins scheme of work.
At this stage we focus on a kinesthetic approach - learning through doing; with emphasis placed on introducing students to the key concepts of Chemistry whilst developing good practical skills.
In year 9 we also introduce students to GCSE topics.
At Key Stage 4, we follow the AQA syllabus, with students having the option to study Separate Sciences or Dual Award science.
We build upon prior knowledge and enhance students problem solving ability and practical skills to ensure that they are fully equipped to succeed at GCSE.
The syllabus gives students the opportunity to gain understanding of:
- the nature of substances and how they react together
- how Chemistry is used in business and industry
- how our use of raw materials in fuels and manufacturing can affect the global and local environment.
How Science Works is integrated throughout the course.
In Sixth Form we follow AQA A Level Chemistry Syllabus, with students having the option to study a one year AS qualification or full Chemistry A Level.
A-level Chemistry goes into much more detail than GCSE with all three branches of Chemistry, physical, organic and inorganic, studied each year.
Although a demanding course Chemistry continues to be a popular option at A level with excellent results achieved each year.
Beyond the classroom
Students are given many opportunities to enhance their knowledge outside the classroom from Science club, Crest Awards to Nuffield Research placements.