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The Science Department consists of a full time teaching staff made up of teachers from all three of the Science specialisms, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  They have a real passion for their subject and continue to deepen their knowledge of their field to show students the world of Science as it develops through key discoveries as they occur. In Science we strive to develop the practical and theoretical skills of all students to a high level to prepare them for a career within the Science industry.  However, the logic and problem solving skills developed through the Science curriculum stands all learners in good stead for any type of career and further education.

 

Curriculum

Key Stage 3

Students study all three of the Science disciplines across the Key Stage 3 curriculum. All students undertake an accelerated pathway,  studying a 2 year condensed Key stage 3 before starting their KS4 curriculum in Year 9. The department ultilise the materials and teaching scheme from Oxford, called Activate. All students have online access to all materials. 
The Key Stage 3 curriculum contains topics focussed on such areas as detailed below. The topics have the same titles as each curriculum area is delivered in a spiral manner, but in greater detail. 

Year 7 
Forces
Electromagnets
Energy
Waves
Matter
Reactions
Earth
Organisms
Ecosystems
Genes

Year 8 
Forces
Electromagnets
Energy
Waves
Matter
Reactions
Earth
Organisms
Ecosystems
Genes

Key Stage 4

Currently all students sit their GCSE exam at the end of Year 11.  
All students from VIY complete the AQA Single Science award.  This course involves the study of all three Science disciplines throughout Year 9, 10 and 11.  The course is examined at the end of each year resulting in three GCSE Science grades (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) at the end of Year 11.

All students from OSGBAR complete the AQA Combined Science award.  This course involves the study of all three Science disciplines throughout Year 9, 10 and 11.  The course is examined at the end of each year resulting in two GCSE Science grades at the end of Year 11.

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Key Stage 5

Students can opt for any of the traditional 3 Science A-Level courses in the Sixth form.  The Biology, Chemistry and Physics courses are all taught by subject specific experts to best prepare students for both their exams and their University education.

 

Co- Curricular

The Science department offers several after school clubs and events. These include Science Club and Rocket Club where students can develop their Science understanding in a more informal context than lessons.  The Science department also assists with the running of the School Farm which students can volunteer to help out at some after school sessions and some weekends.

 

Staff

Mr D Nanan – Department Leader (Chemistry)
Mr J Bunn –Vice Principal Teacher/ Science Line Manager (Physics)
Mr C Evans –Vice Principal Teacher (Biology)
Mr G Walker –Vice Principal Teacher (Biology)
Mrs C Reeves – Deputy Head Teacher/ Science Line Manager
Mrs N Oguledo– Lead Practitioner (Biology/Chemistry)
Mrs G Adomako– KS3 Coordinator (Chemistry)
Mr A Taku – Head of Biology Teacher (Biology)
Mr A Bovolenta –Head of Physics Teacher (Physics)
Mrs K Westwood – Head of BTEC Science Teacher (Chemistry)
Mr D Squires – Head of Year 11 Science Teacher (Biology)
Mr J Nicolas– Science Teacher (Biology)
Miss H Clifforth – Science Teacher (Biology)
Mr A Brown – Science Teacher (Physics)
Mr Miah – KS3 Science Teacher
Miss L Nancolas – Assistant Vice Principal/ KS 3 Science Teacher (PE)
Mr C Hellis-Tatum – Science Teacher (Biology)
Mr C Rosales – Science Teacher (Chemistry)
Mr A Russell – LSA (Science)