Science

The science curriculum aims to establish an interest in the world around us and the universe in general. It also aims to develop curiosity in scientific matters and issues concerning us all and in particular gives our students firm grounding in key scientific ideas and theories.

In order to enhance their experience of the subject, the girls participate in a large amount of practical activities and take part in annual science trips. Excellent teaching by specialist staff further augments the quality of learning and teaching, which takes place in six up to date and well-equipped and resourced science laboratories. The Department is supported by a qualified technician and a comprehensive supply of text- books, periodicals and journals.

Students are taught Biology, Chemistry and Physics as separate subjects throughout the Senior School and we begin teaching Separate Science GCSE (OCR – Gateway B) from the spring term in year 9. Everyone studies the three GCSE sciences at KS4. KS3 and 4 courses are lively and interesting, using relevant science for our technological world. We aim to help pupils become confident users of science in their everyday lives and to understand the contribution it makes to modern society.

Biology, Chemistry and Physics courses at AS and A2 level are popular choices, with over half of the sixth form cohort studying at least one or two sciences at A level. Students follow the OCR specifications in Biology at A Level, AQA Chemistry at A Level, Edexcel Physics at A Level, and we now run AQA Separate Sciences at GCSE.