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Pupils

Science

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.

These include:

  • 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
  • Workshops
  • Involvement with the local community

And much, much more…...

Our Schools

Synergy Multi-Academy Trust comprises fifteen Norfolk schools serving children between the ages of 2 and 18. Our schools work collaboratively together to raise standards and provide education of the highest possible standard, offering the best of opportunities for pupils. The Trust was initially established in 2015. We believe that all of our schools have strengths and areas to develop, and that all can improve through sharing expertise and wisdom. The Trust understands that there will be excellent practice in each school, and that every school will be able to contribute to the development of the Trust as a whole.

Our Schools

Synergy Multi-Academy Trust comprises fifteen Norfolk schools serving children between the ages of 2 and 18. Our schools work collaboratively together to raise standards and provide education of the highest possible standard, offering the best of opportunities for pupils. The Trust was initially established in 2015. We believe that all of our schools have strengths and areas to develop, and that all can improve through sharing expertise and wisdom. The Trust understands that there will be excellent practice in each school, and that every school will be able to contribute to the development of the Trust as a whole.

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