At Blessed William Howard, Science is a compulsory core subject. In Key Stage 3, students study thematic units of work which follow the National Curriculum. Science units include theoretical content on Biology, Chemistry and Physics and are targeted around gaining strong practical laboratory skills. We encourage students to apply their learning to real life and aim to develop confidence in critical thinking.
At GCSE, each child is given separate classes with specialist teachers in Physics, Chemistry and Biology from Y9 to Y11. They will then study either the AQA Trilogy Science (double award) course or AQA Separate Science (triple award) courses for examination in Year 11. Further information can be found on the AQA website, which provides past papers and syllabus overviews (www.aqa.org.uk).
The department has 8 laboratories, all equipped to modern specification to provide a wide range of opportunities for pupils to conduct experiments.
Student attainment is evaluated throughout the year based on a mixture of in-class tasks, homework, exams and practical skills assessments. In Years 10 and 11 we incorporate full mock exams to provide students with the opportunity to develop the time management and revision skills required for their GCSEs.
Each Science subject is also offered at A-level and our dedicated subject-specific staff deliver outstanding lessons.
Science is an important part of any school curriculum. Our Science Department is at the cutting edge of learning with a strong focus on transferable scientific skills.
We offer a range of extra-curricular and further-curricular experiences. This includes Biology field trips, A-level revision conferences, Year 9 engineering seminars, Year 8 climate change project and the Science Club.
In the Sixth Form we offer courses in:
- AQA Biology
- AQA Physics
- AQA Chemistry
Head of Science – Mrs L Harris
Curriculum Leader of Chemistry - Mr R Cozier
Curriculum Leader of Physics - Mr M Cartlidge
Curriculum Leader of Biology - Mrs L Harris
Teachers: Mrs R Broomhall, Mrs G Nixon, Mrs C Gibbs, Mr H Greatrex, Mr J Pryce, Ms M Ball, Mr T Dudley.