Meet the Department


Mrs R Taylor Head of Science (Biology)
Mrs S Roberts Second in Science (Chemistry)
Dr C Barton Teacher (Physics)
Mr K Rahman Teacher (Physics)
Mr J Gomarsall Teacher (Biology/Chemistry)
Dr J Hales Teacher(Physics)
Mr L Daley Teacher (Biology)
Mr D Letherby Teacher (Chemistry)
Mrs P Wingham Teacher(Biology)
Mrs M Della-Savina Senior Technician

Subject Overview

The Science department comprises of Biology, Chemistry and Physics specialists with a wealth of experience. The well-equipped labs provide students with lots of opportunity for practical investigation. Whilst teaching a full curriculum of content, students are taught about changes in scientific development and real life application of the knowledge and skills they learn. Students are entered for the KS4 course which is appropriate to their ability; this may be the combined qualifications or as separate Sciences at the higher or foundation level.

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Topics Covered

  • Cells
  • Ecology
  • Human Body
  • Microbes and Genetics


Topics Covered

  • Chemical Reactions
  • Particles
  • Chemical Structures
  • Earth and Atmosphere


Topics Covered

  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Forces and their Effects
  • Light and Sound
  • The Solar System and Beyond
  • Energy

Our students begin the GCSE pathway in year 9. The exam board we use is AQA. Students follow either the double Science (Trilogy) or triple Science pathway. Double Science is assessed by six, 1 hour and 15 minutes exams at the end of Year 11, (two exams in each discipline). Triple Science is also assessed with six exams, however, each is 1 hour and 45 minutes long. All content is assessed by exam, although students complete placemats based on the required practicals, which build their practical and scientific skills, (25% of each exam will test this learning).

Biology topics

Paper 1

B1 – Cell biology

B2 – Organisation

B3 – Infection and response

B4 – Bioenergetics


Paper 2

B5 – Homeostasis and response

B6 – Inheritance, variation and evolution

B7 – Ecology


Chemistry topics

Paper 1

C1 – Atomic structure and the periodic table

C2 – Bonding, structure and the properties of matter

C3 – Quantitative chemistry

C4 – Chemical changes

C5 – Energy changes


Paper 2

C6 – The rate and extent of chemical changes

C7 – Organic chemistry

C8 – Chemical analysis

C9 – Chemistry of the atmosphere

C10 – Using resources



Paper 1

P1 – Energy

P2 – Electricity

P3 – Particle model of matter

P4 – Atomic structure


Paper 2

P5 – Forces

P6 – Waves

P7 – Magnetism and electromagnetism

P8 – Space (triple science only)

Exam Board / Criteria

AQA Biology

AQA Chemistry

AQA Physics

AQA Combined Science: Trilogy



Students will be expected to:

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

1) scientific ideas

2) scientific techniques and procedures.


Apply knowledge and understanding of:

1) scientific ideas

2) scientific enquiry, techniques and procedures.


Analyse information and ideas to:

1a) interpret

1b) evaluate

2a) make judgements

2b) draw conclusions

3a) develop experimental procedures

3b) improve experimental procedures.


Extra Curricular Opportunities

STEAM club runs for Key Stage 3 students, whilst Science Clinic runs weekly for Key Stage 4 students. Here students are able to get specialist support for any questions they have relating to the Science curriculum. The Science department also work in tandem with the Careers department to arrange trips with STEAM focus.

Helpful links

Youtube: (There are both KS3 and KS4 videos on all channels).

AQA Biology videos by Miss Taylor


AQA Chemistry videos by Mrs Roberts


Bishop Challoner Physics



BBC Bitesize: KS3 –

All KS4 links here –


Focus Learning –


Educake (KS4 only – Students have been set up accounts) –

For further information on the curriculum please email

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