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The Science Department
Head of Department = Miss S Monaghan
The science department consists of seven specialist teachers and one full time science technician. The department has seven laboratories and classrooms. The department has a united focus on students achieving their personal best and developing a love for learning.
Students in all year groups are working towards GCSE exams with the AQA exam board. These students will be assessed on the number grade 1-9 system. There is still a strong focus on practical skills and students will be assessed on their knowledge of practical skills through their GCSE exam papers.
The highest achieving students in year 9 are selected for Triple Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSEs). This starts at the beginning of year 10 and parents will be informed of this decision via letter. All other students will work towards a combined award worth 2 GCSE’s.
Students will complete a 1-hour exam at the end of each topic to assess their progress against all assessment objectives (demonstrate knowledge and understanding, apply knowledge and understanding, analyse information and ideas).
The expectation for home learning is that students will complete a minimum of one home learning activity per week. GCSE students also have access Kerboodle on line which provides a variety of activities and revision material.
A science club, labrats, runs every Wednesday after school for students in years 7 and 8. A variety of activities are completed within the sessions.
Revision sessions for year 11 students run every Monday after school.
Throughout the year a variety of enrichment opportunities take place. We have trips to the planetarium, Heysham nuclear power station. Competitions and special sessions will also take place throughout the course of the academic year linked to key events, such as British Science Week.