The Science department is a strong department within the school.
There are currently eight members of staff who teach Science and two laboratory technicians. We are all specialists, and work very much as a team bringing to it a wide range of expertise and interests. We all share a love of the subject and work extremely hard to support our students to help them achieve the best possible grades.
- Mr C Derrett – Head of Department
- Mrs S Hookway – Second in Department
- Mrs F Edwards – Teacher
- Mrs K Lee – Teacher
- Mr P Thompson – Teacher
- Mr B Daly – Teacher
- Miss A Bradley – Teacher
- Miss R Atyeo – Teacher
- Mrs L Gower – Senior technician
- Miss W Bixby – Technician
Our curriculum has been developed to give our students a crucial insight into both the subject and the wider subject-related topics. Pupils should feel like they are going on a learning journey from Year seven to Year eleven and beyond, and that they can see the big picture putting each lesson into a particular context of that journey. The Science curriculum also enables our students to develop their scientific investigative skills as well as knowledge of fundamentals in Chemistry, Biology and Physics. We do not want to lose that special feeling Science can give to pupils that is not always measurable with examinations or assessment. The department has made links with other schools in Norfolk and several outside agencies.
In Years seven, eight and nine the pupils are taught in mixed ability groups throughout the year. In Years ten and eleven, pupils are set according to ability. The top two sets in Years ten take Triple Science (three separate Science GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics) and the remaining sets take Double Science (two combined Science GCSEs). In Year eleven, pupils continue to follow their respective Triple or Double Science courses. Pupils are entered at either Higher or Foundation tier for all of their Science examinations.
Key Stage Three
In Years seven and eight, schemes of work and resources are based on the Key Stage Three National Curriculum for Science. In Year nine, schemes of work and resources are based on the AQA Science specifications (see below). Students receive six, one-hour Science lessons a fortnight.
Key Stage Four
In Years ten and eleven, pupils studying Double Science follow the AQA Combined Science: Trilogy specification and those studying Triple Science follow the separate AQA Biology, Chemistry and Physics specifications. Students receive nine, one-hour Science lessons a fortnight in Year ten and ten, one-hour Science lessons in Year eleven.
Key Stage Five
We also offer GCE A-level Biology, Chemistry and Physics (AQA specifications). Students receive six, one-hour lessons a fortnight in both Years twelve and thirteen.
Accommodation and Resources
Science is taught in eight fully-equipped, modern laboratories. The laboratories form part of a purpose-built Science block (which also includes a large preparation room and office). All laboratories have whiteboards linked to projectors.
The Science department is well-resourced. The school has two fully equipped ICT suites with thirty computers in each. The library is well stocked with Science literature.
Events and Activities
The Science department offer a range of events and activities throughout the year.
- GCSE and GCE revision days and twilights
- Lunchtime support sessions for GCSE and A-Level students
- Science Club
- Regional competitions
- Visits and trips
- Impact Days
- Visiting speakers
- Astronomy evenings
- Involvement with the local community
And much, much more…...